|Neal's Vacuum & Sewing Center
|This page is dedicated to helping you become a better sewer/quilter by
sharing tips and hints to make sewing easier, and more fun.
Use the form on the right to share your favorite sewing tip.
Remove lint from your sewing machine
Our first tip comes to us from Jeff Hunt here at Neal's..... Jeff says one of the easiest ways to
keep your sewing machine running smoothly is to clean out the lint on a regular basis. That
means after every project take off the throat plate and remove the bobbin and bobbin case and
using a dusting brush or a vacuum, remove any lint you can see. If you don't do this on a
regular basis the inside of your machine will look like the one shown below.
Things to Remember...... Or The Golden Rules of Sewing
Always use a new needle when starting a new project Old needles can damage the fabric and shred the top thread. Generally
use a Universal Size 80/12 needle.
Use a good long staple thread because 1. It is strong. and 2. Your machine will stay cleaner. and 3. The thread won't break as
If you aren't looking at the presser foot take your foot off the foot control. Otherwise you may sew over your fingers or sew a
Make sure to put the presser foot down before sewing. The presser foot must be touching the fabric so it can feed the fabric.
Also, your tension discs are released when the presser foot is up.
Hold the top thread when starting to sew or the top thread will pull to the bottom and make a nest under the fabric. The best way
to do this is to pull the top thread into the presser foot, then pull it under the left side of the foot and lay the thread into the cutter on the
left side of the machine.
When you stop sewing make sure the take-up lever is at it's highest position so that the needle won't come unthreaded when
you start sewing again. (If necessary, turn the handwheel toward you to raise the lever)
Backstitch seams at the beginning and end, so the seams can't pull apart.
Begin sewing slowly, then gradually increase your speed to a comfortable level. Starting fast can pull the top thread underneath the
fabric and cause it to jam up.
Remove pins as they reach the front of the foot, Sewing over pins can scratch the presser foot and if you hit a pin with the
needle, the needle will be ruined.
Let the machine feed the fabric. If you pull on the fabric when the machine is sewing you can break a needle.
Use the correct presser foot for the best results. For most projects use a straight stitch/zig zag foot. Pay attention to your sewing
advisor or your book for the proper foot. The recommended foot makes the project easier to do!