Have you got a instruction manual/book for it? It is well worth having a look through one to check on basic maintenance advice they give.
Does your boyfriends mother sew a lot? If she does she may be happy to give you a few lessons on the machine. If not, ask around as many churches and community centres have sewing groups and I am sure one(or all
) of the ladies would be thrilled to check the machine and run through the basics with you.
Get yourself a piece of woven (non stretchy) material and try out all the new stitches or those you are unfamiliar with. Remember to check the needle is out of the cloth before changing stitches! Then move on to trying them on scraps of stretchy material.
Always test the stitch and fabric and thread combination on a scrap of fabric before you sew! That way you dont mess up your project
- even those of us who have been sewing for years get cught sometimes on that one!!!
replace the needle regularly and sew with the correct needle for the fabric you are working on.
The basics of maintenance (that I can think of right now) involve:
Keep the machine clean - especially around the feed dogs and in the bobbin holder as a lot of Fluff builds up there. A little brush is very useful to wipe out lint and dust.
Oil the machine if neccesary according to instructions
The machine should be serviced by a machine specialist every few years (mine go in every year) and if there is a sewing machine shop nearby I would suggest going there to find out about giving the machine a clean an service and at the same time you can get advice.
Im sure you are going to have heaps of fun using it.
This link has a good guide to the basics: http://www.sewnews.com/resources/library/0704machine/