Tip & How-To about Sewing Machines
This tip really applies to any sewing machine, whether sewing machine, serger, or embroider machine.
Before beginning projects with polar fleece, or other non-natural fabric, purchase extra needles. This is because polar fleece dulls needles much quicker than cotton, silk, or wool. I cut scraps of fabric to make sample stitches, and attach the "used" needles to those when done. I do not even try to use them for regular sewing after using them on polar fleece. Snack-sized ziplock bags can be used to put the stitching samples, along with an index card with notes on machine adjustments for that fabric.
Also, make sure to clean out the machine frequently, as there may be a lot of lint.
I met a lady several years ago who just could not believe how often she had to change her embroidery needles. She had been monogramming cotton diapers and receiving blankets "for years." She was complaining that she had gotten a batch of defective needles. It turned out that she had begun embroidering on light-weight fleece receiving blankets.
You may wish to either manually brush or vacuum out polar fleece lint from your machine. Canned air can drive lint into tiny cracks and crevices, which can be very hard to clean out.
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