In todays throwing society, its so easy to neglect our electronic gadgets. It is also tempting to put our household appliances in the same category - especially when it comes to maintenance. A sewing or embroidery machine like the Brother SE400 is not an electronic device. Because it has moving parts, it is not sealed as a digital camera or smart phone. Such a machine is classified as electromechanical and as such requires regular maintenance - unlike a mobile phone or a modern camera.
Here are some tips on safety precautions and regular maintenance of your sewing or embroidery machine. The same useful tips apply to many of your household appliances in one form or another.
Electrical safety measures
Even in this day and age when advanced electrical safety switches and switches are built into new homes and renovated homes, there is still an electrical risk with any household appliance. When using a computerized device at home, it is common sense to use a power monitor. You should also disconnect a device like a sewing machine from the wall if you leave it for more than a few hours. The more power a device draws during use, the more important it is to unplug it from the wall when it is in hibernation mode.
It would be a shame to have a valuable device that a sewing machine burns out because it was left in your home power source and something happened.
You may have unknown cable loads in your home, or even at the power point in the wall - especially in older homes.
Some devices may only be lemons with an electrical problem which, if triggered, can damage either the device itself or possibly cause short circuiting in other parts of your home.
Electric storms are always a risk.
Sunlight and storage
Sewing machines today tend to be made of plastic which becomes discolored if left in direct sunlight. The mechanical parts inside can also be affected if the machine is left in very humid places. Always keep the machine in a dry area away from direct sunlight.
Nowadays, many machines are made of materials that do not require oil, or their moving parts are already infused with lubricants. However, make sure that you read the machines manual to make sure that this is the case. Otherwise, you should be used to oiling your machine after each major project and when it has been left idle for a long time.
I once used a light halogen lamp over my sewing machine so I could see my work more clearly. It was not until I had finished my project and went to put the machine away, so I discovered that some of the casing was distorted because the heat from the lamp melted the plastic. It may sound obvious, but you really need to make sure you do not use your machine too close to an air heater, iron or other hot appliance.
Dust and Fabric Fluff
It may seem unnecessary to exhibit dust pampering when it is common sense for so many. But household appliances actually collect dust and dirt can damage! Some mechanical parts may work incorrectly because they have become clogged with dust. Even if you leave your machine overnight, it is a good policy to cover it. Most machines come with a soft protection for this purpose.
Sewing and embroidery unavoidably collects fluff from the fabrics you sew. The needles friction continuously pierces your fabric and the movement of the material along the food dogs creates a surprising amount of fluff. It is therefore important to regularly use the cleaning brushes that are intended to clear any fabric fluff from the food dogs and the spool case. It is also a wise caution to check and clean your foot control every so often. You would be surprised at the amount of dust and dirt that gathers around everything on the floor.
Disregard unusual sounds. If you notice that the engine makes a different sound, it probably means something. First check the LCD screen to see if there is any error code displayed. Make sure the needle is secure and the flush mechanism is properly connected. Make sure your thread coil is securely seated and that the thread does not get caught or stuck at any point of application. Make sure all air openings are ready. If the sound does not go, you must really take your machine to an authorized repairer for a check. Fortunately, Brother USA provides a 25-year limited warranty, so something unusual that is not due to rough handling can be carefully covered.