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Industrial Sewing Machine Maintenance

When you sit down to either start or continue a sewing project, you don’t want mechanical problems.  Many times, mechanical problems can be avoided when you practice preventative maintenance on your Industrial Sewing Machine.  Let me show you a few tips that I have learned along the way about Industrial Sewing Machine Maintenance!

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Industrial Sewing Machine Maintenance – Tip #1

Keep your bobbin area clean.  This is a really simple way to avoid lint buildup and possible issues with gear grime.  Simply lift your machine and set it on it’s rest.  Inspect the bobbin area for lint and thread clippings.  Be sure to wipe out the bobbin tray and remove all the debris that collects over time.  To make a thorough job of it, be sure to take out your bobbin case and clean this out as well.  You would be surprised how much lint can collect in such a small place.  Take your lint brush and clean out the bobbin mechanism and the surrounding area.  Don’t wipe away any grease (as this is needed for proper operation).  Just concentrate on removing the lint, dust and any fabric or thread debris.  This is a great way to practice Industrial Sewing Machine Maintenance.

Industrial Sewing Machine Maintenance Tip #2

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Use your dust cover.  I know……it’s just that simple!  Even if you use your Industrial Sewing Machine every day, it does not hurt to cover it when it is not in use.  It’s kind of like using your garage for your car.  If you take care of the things you own, they will usually work when you want them to!  A dust cover is a very simply way to keep unwanted dust from resting on and in your machine.  If you have small children or curious folks in your work space – the dust cover gives the impression of “off limits”. This is a super simple way to practice Industrial Sewing Machine Maintenance.

Industrial Sewing Machine Maintenance Tip #3

This one is probably the most important tip.  You really need to oil your machine regularly.  The manufacture usually recommends this to happen on a daily basis.  Since my Industrial Sewing Machine is not used in a “factory”, I usually only oil my machine twice a week.  Sometimes more – it just depends on how much I am making at the time.  There are 5 points to oil on this Industrial Sewing Machine.  These are indicated by a RED dot.

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There is also an oil point located inside the machine.  Try to get a few oil drops on the felt piece that is inside the machine.

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Once you apply oil to each of these points (several times if necessary), you will want to lift your presser foot and run your machine for a couple minutes until you see oil splashing in the sight glass.

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Industrial Sewing Machine Maintenance Tip #4

Take off the Throat Plate in order to get all the lint that gets trapped in between the feed dogs.  If you have never done this before, the screws may be pretty tight from the factory.  Once you get these screws out, you can remove the plate and give that area a proper dusting.  Be sure that any lint or debris does not accidentally fall into the oil pan.  Depending on how much use your Industrial Sewing Machine gets will determine how often you need to clean under the throat plate.

Industrial Sewing Machine Maintenance Tip #5

While you don’t need to actually change the oil in your machine about once ever year or two (depending on use), you really need to ensure that you keep the oil as clean as possible.  One way to help would be only lift your machine if you need to check the oil level or for maintenance.  It is not recommended to lift your machine to remove a bobbin.  Doing this may unnecessarily expose your oil to foreign objects.  If you see any pins, loose thread, dust or debris in your oil pan – you need to remove that ASAP.  You do not want your oil pump to accidentally get anything but oil in its system.  Keep it tidy!

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If you find yourself with problems, even after practicing these basic maintenance tips, contact your dealer for assistance.  Most shops are very friendly and able to help you either in person or over the phone.  When I purchased my Industrial Sewing Machine, there was not a local Juki distributor or dealer.  I have called Steve with Sewing Gold several times for help or advise on my Juki DU-1181n.  It’s always nice to enjoy the equipment that you invested in.  Just be sure to take good care of it and you should enjoy your Industrial Sewing Machine for years and years!

I made this quick video to give you a visual of all the tips I covered in this article.  Enjoy!

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As a special treat, I offered a free window decal (vehicle not included – haha) as a giveaway prize!  How fun!  I have one for my car and I get TONS of positive comments.  It’s a great conversation starter and all your sewing buddies will want one too!  The giveaway is over, but you can order one of these for yourself.  You can find these on Amazon!

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Thanks to everyone for participating in my giveaway!  Congratulations to the winner!

Happy Sewing!

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I love my Industrial Sewing Machine!

I never thought, in a million years, that I would own an Industrial Sewing Machine!  When I thought of Industrial Sewing Machines, I would think of a sweatshop factory in Asia or even the group of prisoners on that Netflix show – Orange is the new Black.  Haha!  So, how on earth did I end up owning my own Industrial Sewing Machine?  Let me tell you all about it!

Janice the Juki

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Why I needed an INDUSTRIAL sewing machine

A few years back, I started selling handmade sewn items online.  At first, I was just selling some left over craft show items.  Then, I learned how to sew with zippers and everything changed!  I was making Makeup bags, Shaving Bags, Toiletry Bags and on and on.  Over the past several years, my domestic sewing machine was really being abused.  I would take my domestic machine in for regular maintenance.  Even with bi-annual tuning and maintenance – I was continuing to have issues.  My domestic machine would also struggle with some of the thickness of the materials I wanted to sew.  It would never fail to start to have trouble during my peak sewing season (Christmas and Back-To-School).  I was also limited in the amount of maintenance that I could do to my own domestic machine.  I could keep it clean and oiled, but that just wasn’t enough to keep it in constant prime condition.  It was clearly time for a business upgrade!

which industrial sewing machine should I get?

I started doing some research on new machines.  A quilting friend of mine suggested that I look into the Juki Brand.  At first, I was not interested because I was making some bags with exposed seams and needed the zig zag stitch.  My search for an Industrial Sewing Machine brought me to a wonderful Facebook Group, which was founded and is managed by Jessica of Sew Da Kine.  In this group, Production Bag Making, I learned SO MANY THINGS from folks who already own an Industrial Sewing Machine.

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During this time, my Mom was also looking to upgrade her domestic sewing machine.  My Mom discovered the NCW pattern by Emmaline Bags and was making wallets for everyone!  I shared the Facebook Group with my Mom and we were both stalking all the info this group had to share.  My Mom was the first to take the Industrial Sewing Machine plunge.

First, my Mom bought an industrial sewing machine

Mom bought a Juki DU-1181N.  Once it was delivered, my brother-in-law carried the head and the various boxes down to her sewing studio.  I took a trip (my Mom lives 3 hours away) and we spent an evening putting her machine together.  I was really nervous about the assembly process, because I am not a mechanically inclined person.  Luckily – Mom bought her machine from Sewing Gold.  Sewing Gold provided a really great step-by-step instruction video on how to put the machine together.  I was truly amazed that we did it!  It was so much easier than I ever thought it could be.  We could not have done it without the video!

Yes, I’m just like my Mother – I had to get an Industrial Sewing Machine too!

which industrial sewing machine I chose

Even though my Mom had great results with her Juki and loved where she bought her machine, I wanted to check all my options.  I was still sure that I needed the zig zag stich so I was thinking about getting a Sailrite machine.  I hopped onto Facebook Group and asked all sorts of questions.  I learned about the difference between a clutch motor and a Servo Motor.  I learned about needle size and more than I ever wanted to know about the companies to avoid.  (haha!)  I was determined to wait until after the holidays to buy a business sewing machine.  I had just launched my Amazon Shop (in late October) and wanted to get my Holiday season finished before I started to work towards a budget for the new machine.

I knew it was time to buy an industrial sewing machine

As fate would have it, my Amazon shop exploded in sales and I bought my new machine on Black Friday of 2017.  I called Steve Levin, from Sewing Gold, and told him what I wanted to use an Industrial Sewing Machine for.  I explained to Steve that I wanted to use my machine for making bags out of interfaced cotton and possibly more cork fabric, vinyl and leather as well.  Because I have a quilting background, I was interested in the walking foot machines (not that this machine is used for quilting).  Steve offered me a free Servo motor upgrade and my new Juki DU-1181N was delivered a week later!

After my Holiday rush was done, I took a mini vacation from online sales and got to know my new machine.  I had some questions at first and Steve was an email or a phone call away!  I can honestly say that dealing with Steve has made owning this machine less intimidating than I could ever imagine.  Once, I had some thread stuck in the bobbin area and Steve showed me how to fix it myself.  He has several videos on YouTube.  You can check out his channel or call him with any question.  I highly recommend Sewing Gold!

Check out this video that Steve made, which shows the versatility of one of the many Industrial Sewing Machines that he sells.

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you will know how much I love my new machine and how many bags I can produce!  It’s great and I would highly recommend looking into something like this if you want to take your bag business to the next level!

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Our friends at Sewing Gold offered a free package of needles as a giveaway prize!  How generous!  Congraduations to Laura!  You can see what Laura makes with her Industrial Sewing Machine right HERE!   Thanks to everyone for participating!   And THANK YOU Sewing Gold!

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May all your stitches have perfect tension!

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