May 23rd, 2018
Investing in a machine as sophisticated as the Janome Skyline S9 necessitates a commitment to its proper care and maintenance. A well-maintained machine not only functions optimally but also stands the test of time, delivering consistent, high-quality results over years of use. Let’s look at the best practices to ensure your S9 stays in top shape.
Regular cleaning is a non-negotiable task in the maintenance of your Skyline S9. Over time, dust and lint can accumulate in various parts of the machine, which can affect its performance and longevity. After every project, or at least once a month, take a moment to clean the machine, paying close attention to the bobbin area and the feed dogs. It’s easy to pop off the needle plate with the button on the free arm. Use the brush provided with the machine to gently remove lint and dust. The machine also comes with a special bobbin holder cleaner. Apply a few drops of cleaner on a soft cloth and wipe down the bobbin case. Remember to disconnect the machine from the power source before cleaning. There are full instructions with diagrams on page 168 of the S9s instruction manual.
A dull or bent needle can cause skipped stitches, and even damage to your fabric. As a rule of thumb, replace your needle after every project, or every 8-10 hours of continuous sewing. Ensure you’re using the right needle type and size for your project and fabric. Also ensure the needle is in properly, with the flat side of the needle towards the back and pushed up as far as possible. When the needle in not in properly this can cause damage to the hook ring.
Like any other sophisticated machine, the Skyline S9 benefits from regular servicing by a professional. This ensures that any potential issues are identified and addressed before they become major problems. It’s recommended to get your S9 professionally serviced at least once a year, depending on how often you use it. This service will typically include a thorough cleaning, oiling, tension adjustment, and a check of all the machine’s functions.
Use Quality Thread and Bobbin
Not all threads are created equal, and using a poor-quality thread can lead to a host of problems, from lint build-up to tension issues and thread breakage. Invest in good quality thread to ensure the best performance from your S9. Similarly, ensure that you’re using Janome bobbins. Other brands might not be the exact size, which can cause tension problems and potential damage to the machine. Janome bobbins are also made with a high quality blend of rubber and plastic to ensure the smoothest delivery of thread to the hook. Something else that can help is careful threading. Ensuring the machine is always threaded properly can reduce the risk of damage that can be cause by thread tangles and jams.
Covering When Not In Use
When your S9 is not in use, it’s a good idea to cover it to protect it from dust and sunlight. A cover is provided with the machine. This simple step can help prolong the life of your machine.
Maintaining your Janome Skyline S9 might require some time and effort, but it is well worth it. A well-cared-for S9 will perform optimally, turning your sewing experiences into sheer joy. With these maintenance practices in place, you can ensure your S9 remains a trusted partner in your sewing journey for years to come.