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How Long Do Sewing Machines Last?

If you regularly use your sewing machine for work or personal projects, you’re likely curious about how long you can expect your sewing machine to last before breaking down. There are many factors that come into play when it comes to the expected lifespan of a sewing machine. 

Typical Life Expectancy of a Sewing Machine 

In general, sewing machines are known to last well over five years and sometimes as long as 25 years. However, the conditions that the sewing machine is exposed to will make a huge difference in its lifespan. 

If you don’t store your sewing machine properly or maintain it carefully, you may end up having to repair or replace your machine sooner than you expected. 

Additionally, sewing machines aren’t always made with high-quality materials like they used to be. That’s why you have to be careful to buy your sewing machine and equipment from a reputable brand that ensures a long lifespan for your product.   

The Rate of Depreciation for Your Sewing Machine 

Just like a new car, your sewing machine’s value begins to depreciate once you purchase it and begin to use it. 

Wondering what the rate of depreciation might be for yours? There are equations you can follow to determine your exact rate, but the average sewing machine owner will experience a rate of depreciation of 15%. 

Worn Out Feed Dogs 

Feed dogs started to wear out much faster when companies began coating them with rubber. Pure metal feed dogs will often last longer with proper maintenance. The feed dog’s gears will turn from white to brownish-yellow when they’re about to break. 

Sewing Machine Oil Gone Bad 

Spoiled sewing machine oil can drastically decrease the lifespan of your product. Make sure to look out for common signs that your oil has gone bad, including murky or cloudy coloring, a change in smell, or a change in consistency. 

Ways to Increase the Lifespan of Your Sewing Machine 

Regular cleanings are a great way to increase the longevity of your sewing machine. Make sure all of the parts that need lubrication to function are kept lubricated, and only use designated sewing machine oil for this purpose.

Yearly tune-ups at the repair shop can ensure that you’re on the right track with your maintenance practices. 

Make sure that if your sewing machine needs a replacement part, you replace it with a part of equal quality.

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