It was about a year and a half ago that I decided to dive into the world of fabric and quilting. I had an old, basic Kenmore machine which to be honest, handled hems and basic stitches ok but I really pushed it to the limit with putting a quilt together. The Kenmore model I had didn't even have a walking foot attachment for it so I rigged up a generic walking foot and it sort of worked.
That is when "Agnus" joined my Craft Bunker. Agnus (the white Janome) is named after my Great Aunt who was an experienced, and award winning quilter so I felt it was appropriate to give my newest machine her namesake. Pretty soon fabric lint and threads were flying through the air as ideas continued to roll in. I mean, we have been in lockdown for well over a year so I have to keep busy somehow right?
Then it happened! In early April, Agnus just stopped. She also timed her temper tantrum right before another lockdown so I wasn't sure if repair shops were even going to be open. Luckily, I was able to take her in to a local quilting shop where she spent 3 weeks at the "spa". In the meantime though, I needed a machine to finish up some new products for my Shoppe. In came "Darth" (named appropriately given he was black). This model is a heavy duty machine so it can handle projects with thicker layers like a champ. Once Agnus returned, all was well in my world.
So, a little sewing machine PSA for everyone:
*If your machine hasn't been serviced in awhile, it might be time to bring it in for an overhaul.
*In addition to taking it to the pros for servicing, regular maintenance on your machine is easy to do. Pop open your needle plate and clean out the bobbin area. Warning: you might be slightly horrified at the amount of dust, lint and threads that can get in there.
*Close that up and change your needle so you always have a sharp needle to work with.
*Finally, check the manufacturer on recommendations for where to oil it and how often. This is important as some machines don’t require regular oiling.