Tune-Up on Twenty

It’s the 20th of March.

That means it’s time for Tune-Up on Twenty!

This is a friendly reminder:

• Open up your sewing machine’s innards and gently clean out all the lint, dirt and debris.

sewing machine 002 Tune Up on Twenty

• Oil your machine (not all machines should be oiled, check your manual)

SchmetzMicrotex Tune Up on Twenty

• Change out the machine needle (general rule of thumb is after eight hours, or after a quilt project)

 Tune Up on Twenty

• Put a new blade in your rotary cutter

I take good care of my sewing machines, but I always procrastinate when it comes to rotary blades. And so when I do change it, and it’s nice and sharp and cuts like anything, I think, “Why did I wait so long?”

Now you’re all set for some serious sewing! Enjoy!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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2 Responses to Tune-Up on Twenty

  1. Barb Johnson says:

    I think we don’t change the rotary cutter blades as often as we should because the blades seem very expensive, and we want them to last as long as possible! My solution to this is to have two rotary cutters. When the blade that I use to cut fabric gets dull or gets ‘dings” in it, I put it in cutter #2. I use cutter #2 for cutting template plastic, paper, cardstock, etc. Even when a blade is not sharp enough to cut fabric cleanly, I find that it works just fine for those other materials. So that way, I feel like I am getting twice the use out of one blade.

  2. Claudia says:

    Me too in the rotary blade.

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