Introduced as a boon to the homemaker, domestic sewing machines are mainly used for domestic purposes and are manufactured to perform different tasks such as creation of buttonholes, stitching buttons on to the piece of clothing etc. Even though there are sewing machines that stitch using one, three, four or more threads, most of the domestic sewing machines use a two thread stitch called the lockstitch.
Also known as home use sewing machines, domestic sewing machines do not have feed dogs that pull the fabric to be sewn under the needle. As they don't have feed dogs, one has to pull the fabric with their hand. There are three basic types of domestic sewing machines-mechanical, electronic, and embroidery machines.
Lightweight sewing machine, straight stitch only sewing machine, embroidery only sewing machine, single-speed mini sewing machine, double-stitch double-speed home sewing machine and battery-operated handheld sewing machine are some of the domestic sewing machines available in the market.
Domestic Sewing Machine Company and Janome are some of the leading manufacturers of domestic sewing machines. Apart from providing sewing machines, they offer a wide range of accessories such as belts, bobbins, bobbin case, carrying case, fluids, guides, needles, organ, needle plates, presser feet, software, thread, and thread holders. Nowadays, it is possible to purchase domestic sewing machines through the Internet.
While purchasing domestic sewing machines, be cautious to select the one that suits your needs and price range. Before purchasing domestic sewing machines, it is very important to determine the need for the machine, whether it is for mending or hemming, creating designer clothes, or for embroidery. Test the machine yourself once you have decided what sewing machine is best for you.
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As sewing becomes a more popular as more and more people are deciding to make their make clothes and fabrics the need for knowledgeable sewing machine repair people is growing. A sewing machine is a heavy duty appliance that will run for years without any problems, however eventually small problems are likely to occur.
Calling in a professional repair person can be very expensive, especially when many of the problems are trivial and easy to rectify yourself with a little knowledge. It's always good to have some knowledge about any machine you are using on a daily basis; all machines will eventually begin to malfunction.
It really is good sense to arm yourself with a little knowledge. And a little knowledge is usually enough to keep your machine running as most of the problems that usually 0ccur are simple too put right. Calling a repair person in for every minor issue can be expensive.
Sewing machine repair is not difficult, you'll can easily learn the basics which is usually enough to keep your machine running. If your machine develops a serious problem then it will have to be sent away to the manufacturers, even a professional repair people can only goes so far before they have to resort too there manufacturers.
It's usually simple things which stop your machine from working correctly. Not keeping your machine clean for example can prevent it from working properly. Just vacuuming your machine out on a regular basis we'll keep it functioning properly.
Make sure that all moving parts are lubricated as per the manufacturer's instructions. Your machine manual should tell you all the points that need lubricating and how to do some basic maintenance. If you are using your machine on a regular basis however, I would urge you to learn at least the basics of sewing machine repair. It will save you money in the long run. Personally I hate being dependent on anyone, especially repair people.
There's plenty of sewing machine manuals available to familiarize yourself with how a sewing machine works. And don't be afraid of it, it's really not that difficult once you decide to take the time to learn the basics. Getting hold of sewing machine parts is also not as difficult as most people think.
I've found that the support departments f all the major sewing machine manufacturers like Singer, Janome, Brother and the rest are really very helpful if you need to reorder any sewing machine parts.
Here's a few basic sewing machine repair tips:
Tools you'll probably need:
Sewing Machine Oil
Replacement Drive Belt (Always have one of these handy. There's nothing worse than the belt going and having to wait for another one to arrive before you can continue)
Sewing Machine Oil which is recommended for your machine. You need to keep moving parts lubricated or they will slow down.
Vacuum with Crevice Attachment. Nice hand vac is perfect for this. Bits of cloth are bound to get stuck in the machine.
White Lithium Grease (Grease is as essential as oil)
Tweezers. Get a full set of different types to get into all the small places)
Simple Clean and Oil Job
This is basic maintenance but don't ignore it. Doing the basic things will have a massive effect on the efficiency of your machine. Many people ignore basic maintenance and end up paying huge bills because ignoring the basics can lead to bigger problems in the long term.
Cleaning and oiling the machine
Take off the covers from the top, bottom and hand wheel using a screw driver. Put the covers safely to one side with the screws.
Remove thread bobbin plate, it may be screwed on or held in place by a clip. Now get your vac nozzle in there and give it a good clean out. Use your tweezers to grab hold of any thread that is stuck around any moving parts.
Clean the teeth of the gears. Scrape off any dirt or old grease and use the vac to suck it out. Once it is nice and clean put new grease on the gears and lubricates other moving parts with the oil. Put it all back together and plug it in. This shouldn't take you long but it will have a beneficial effect on your machine. If you do this on a regular basis you shouldn't experience any major problems.
Maintaining the Belt
The belt drives the gears on the machine and is one of the most important sewing machine parts. If it starts to become slack then your machine will not perform properly and you will have problems. So keeping it in good working order is essential. Fortunately it's not difficult to do.
Remove the covers over the belt and inspect the machine belt for tightness. If it is too slack increasing the tension is a simple job. It is done by moving the motor with the belt on it away from the hand wheel to increase the tension. You simply unscrew the motor until it is moving and move it further away from the hand wheel. Then, when the tension is correct, tighten the motor.
Replacing the belt is just a matter of taking the old belt off and putting a new one on. Replacing a sewing machine belt is a pretty simple task that you can do in a matter of minutes. It just doesn't make sense to call someone out to do it for you. Why waste your money when a little effort in acquiring some sewing machine repair knowledge will arm you with the skills to do it yourself.
Rosie has been sewing for over thirty years. She has worked in sewing all her life and has taught sewing in evening classes and colleges for years. She writes about sewing in a number of places. She is also the author of the website Best Sewing Machines where she looks at the advantages of different sewing machines. For information about sewing machines and sewing articles visit