How to Do Your Own Embroidery Machine Service

Do you get goose bumps when you see those beautiful threads all embroidered from your embroidery sewing machine?

There are many brands of embroidery machines. There are machines designed for commercial use like those made by Tashima and Happy. There are smaller units made for home use by well knows sewing machine companies like Janome and Babylock.

In the arena of home embroidery machines, there are stand alone embroidery machines and there are combination or combo embroidery machines. These combo machines are world class sewing machines with exotic embroidery features added.

Commercial embroidery equipment may have twelve to sixteen needles and thread assemblies. Janome and Brother offer smaller multi-needle and single needle stand alone embroidery machines or cottage industry and home use. Combo embroidery machines are single needle machines.

Computer generated designs are used by the computer to control the embroidery head. The signals control the movement of the needle and hoop to produce the design one stitch at a time. Groups of stitches sew through one needle. This constitutes one threaded color. Then the next needle threaded with the next color sews its portion of the design.

I remember the first time we demonstrated a home embroidery machine. Everyone was awestruck by the machine sewing by itself. It is awesome what they can do, but they can be a bit ominous to the novice technician.

To reduce this feeling of intimidation, take another look at your embroidery machine. Isn’t the embroidery machine basically a straight stitch sewing machine? Sure, it is. When you reduce the operation of the machine down to its most basic level, the machine is a computer controlled straight stitch sewing machine that uses a moving hoop to position stitches. Change the needle mechanism being uses and you have another straight stitch sewing machine.

When you think of your embroidery machine as a single stitch sewing machine, you can treat it the same way as you would a single stitch sewing machine.

The biggest problem facing your embroidery machine is the same as any single stitch sewing machine. Dirt, grit, gunk, lint, dried out and crystallized lubricants, and neglect are the biggest causes of problems.

The embroidery machine user should focus on servicing three areas of their machine: the bobbin area, each needle bar area, and the hoop assembly.

Use a small brush and probe as needed to loosen debris. Use an air compressor, canned air, or a vacuum with special attachments to properly remove loose debris. Every three to four hours of sewing, clean these areas of your machine. Once clean place one drop of pure clean sewing machine oil wherever metal parts touch metal.

Replace needles frequently. Regular embroidery needles are good for about four hours of use, but titanium embroidery needles usually last three to five times as long. Dull, bent, and worn needles do not perform as they should.

When push comes to shove, rely on the experts. It is vital that you maintain your equipment in peak condition at all times, but at least once a year or ever 10,000,000 stitches have the experts provide thorough service. If the machine just wont work, rely on the pros.