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How to maintain and care for your workroom tools

A well-maintained workroom is key for any textile or fabric craft, and the most important aspect to keeping it maintained lies in the care of your tools. Here's a quick guide to ensure your workroom tools, from scissors to cutting machines and tagging guns, remain in top-notch condition.

1. Scissors: Sharpen and Store
Scissors are vital to any workroom. Keep them sharp by investing in a quality pair, such as KAI, ELK or Fiskars, and regularly sharpening them using a dedicated tool or professional service. When not in use, store them in a designated spot and container to avoid damage or misplacement.

2. Cutting Machines: Regular Maintenance is Key
Your cutting machine is the powerhouse of your workroom. A high performance machine, such as an Eastman machine, needs regular attention to keep it performing well. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for regular maintenance, which may include cleaning the blades, checking for any loose parts, and ensuring proper lubrication. This ensures smooth and accurate cutting for every project.

3. Tagging Guns: Check for Wear and Tear
If tagging guns are part of your toolkit, ensure they're in good condition. Regularly check for wear and tear on the needles and replace them as needed. Keep the mechanism clean and lubricated according to the manufacturer's instructions to avoid jams and ensure smooth operation. It's important to use the correct tagging gun for your task too, you can view our range of tagging guns for any purpose here.

4. Needles: Change them Often
Don't underestimate the importance of fresh needles. Change your sewing machine needle after every project or sooner if you notice any signs of wear. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for needle replacement and use the correct needles to maintain optimal performance. For a full range of needles from HALCO, click here.

5. Storage: Keep it Tidy
A cluttered workroom is a prime location for tool damage. Create a designated storage space for each tool, including cutting machines and tagging guns, ensuring they are protected from dust and moisture. This not only prolongs their lifespan but also makes your workroom a more efficient and enjoyable space.

Maintaining and caring for your workroom tools is a small investment that pays off in the long run. With a little regular attention, your tools will perform flawlessly for longer, saving you money and making your crafting experience a breeze.


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