You love your overlocker but you just don’t use it very often? Story of so many sewing enthusiasts, but if you want longevity out of your overlocker, and to prevent ending up with a seized overlocker, you need to take it out of the cupboard and give it a run! Overlockers don’t like being cooped up and standing still, with lack of use being one of the biggest causes of irreparable damage to these otherwise sturdy mechanical machines. When you pack up your overlocker and pop it away, over a long period of not being used, the lubricants of the moving parts can dry, harden, or allows corrosion. This then seizes the mechanisms of the overlocker, and when you next want to quickly stitch an edge, you’ll find the flywheel seized so tightly that you can’t turn it. No need to panic yet – often Mike can rescue your overlocker, but sadly, sometimes it can’t be saved. A good way to avoid this is to give you overlocker a run every now and then – just for a couple of minutes, to get the parts and the lubricants moving. Regular servicing removes built-up fluff and lint to keep your overlocker running smoothly, and we recommend that if you sew once a week, you should get any machine serviced once a year.