Friday, June 22, 2012
number 7 and number 700
I clean my machine after just about every quilt I make. I either use a small paint brush or q-tip to grab the lint that builds up. It seems to depend more on the thread I use than anything else as to how much lint builds up. I would think it would be more the batting or material, but that doesn't seem to make a difference. Who knew thread would have so much lint in it? I also oil my machine after every 3rd or 4th quilt. Just a drop or two into the two little holes on top and it seems to do the trick.
Changing needles is another story. When I first got my machine everyone said you have to change your needle after every quilt. Well, that would be a lot of needles, so I bought 100 needles. They sent me the wrong ones, but they fit my regular Kenmore machine, so they let me keep those and sent me another 100. I probably still have 85. Yeah, I don't change needles very often. Maybe every 50 quilts or so. I can hear when the needle needs changing because it makes a popping sound. After owning the machine this long, you get to know the sound it is supposed to make and can tell when it isn't working quite right.
In the beginning, I used to get frustrated when the tension was off, or when the thread broke all the time, but now, I understand the likes and dislikes of my machine and know what to try to get it working again.
My Janome has served me well and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a new machine. It isn't fancy, or big, or super expensive, but it has served me well for the quilting needs I have.