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One of the most frequently asked questions from our clients is about embroidery machine maintenance. While we take care of the quality of embroidery digitizing services, it’s important for embroidery businesses to keep up with the maintenance needs of the embroidery machine; because frankly the better you take care of the machine, the better they operate and longer they last.

And since in today’s competitive market it’s all about the speed and quality of the embroidery design, you can’t compromise on the maintenance of the embroidery machine. So, just like we never compromise on the quality of our digitizing for embroidery services, you should also ensure maintaining the quality of your designs by keeping up with the machine maintenance. Below, we have come up with some simple to implement tips that will help you to keep the embroidery machines at optimum performance level.


Honestly, this is a no-brainer. You need to keep your machine clean if you are looking to get quality embroidery designs. However, the problem is that each embroidery machine comes with its unique cleaning protocols, and it’s important to check out the machine manual to get informed about the recommended cleaning protocols for your machine’s make and model.

Some of our long-time logo digitizing and embroidery digitizing clients tell us that the best way to keep up with the cleanliness of the embroidery machine is to have a monthly maintenance schedule. But remember, there’s no restriction on the number of monthly maintenance schedules and you can have it scheduled as frequently as you want; even on daily basis.

Now, as your embroidery machines sew out embroidery digitizing or logo digitizing designs, there are various threads and lint that may be leftover inside the bobbin cage. The best way to clean these tiny threads of lint is to use a makeup brush. We would recommend having a complete set of makeup brushes of different sizes kept exclusively for cleaning the bobbin cage.

Another great way to remove the leftover threads and lint under the bobbin cage screw is to use the business cards after each embroidery digitizing sewing job; because threads and lint get caught there often.


Don’t use air blowers to clean out the machine. Because while it may sound super easy and practical, in reality, this can force the lint and small thread pieces even deeper inside the machine. Also, this practice is lethal as it may introduce moisture inside the embroider machine, which can be lethal for the machine to say the least.

Cover the Thread

Another frequent complaint that we get to hear for our logo digitizing, embroidery digitizing, or left chest digitizing services is that the colors of final designs seem too dull and loose. Again, the dull appearance of the stitches for embroidered design has nothing to do with the quality of embroidery digitizing, rather it’s because of a common mistake of leaving the threads open. When you leave color threads open on racks or shelves, they are bound to catch dust and when you enter this dusty thread inside the embroidery machine, this doesn’t only result in dull designs but also introduce dust and debris inside the machine, which will mess up the tension and result in poor stitches.

–         Turn-Off the machine when not in use

Another important tip for embroidery machine maintenance is to close the machine when it isn’t in use. Keeping embroidery machines on for long hours when not in use may lead to the burning of the screen, which may cost you as much as $500 to replace. Thereby, whenever you aren’t using the machine, make sure it is powered off, this won’t just help you to protect the machine, but also save your money on energy bills.

–         Type and weight of thread

Each embroidery machine is calibrated for certain embroidery threads and moving away from that specified weight will lead to tension issues; which will require extensive servicing of the machine. At 360 Digitizing, we always inquire clients about the type and make of the embroidery machine before taking any embroidery digitizing project. This is to ensure we are able to deliver the ideal stitch density and other aspects of the logo digitizing or embroidery digitizing files as per the make and model of the machine, while also advising clients about the correct use of the type and weight of the thread to keep their embroidery machines at optimum performance level.