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How to Clean a Sewing Machine

Cleaning and performing routine maintenance on your sewing machine is crucial to keeping it running smoothly and able to do its job.

The more you use the machine, the more lint, dust, and general debris get into the machine.

This debris can not only affect the performance of the machine, but it can also irreversibly damage it, resulting in costly repairs or, eventually, even replacement.

That is why is it necessary to clean your sewing machine regularly, and here’s how to do it.

Firstly, why should you clean your machine?

Keeping lint and debris out of the inner workings of your sewing machine ensure that it will continue to run smoothly. Having this clogged up dust can cause stitches to skip and the machine in general to slow.

In a worst-case scenario, failing to clean your machine could lead to costly repairs or even having to buy a new machine.

Cleaning the machine itself is fairly simple and a regular part of machine maintenance. If you peer inside of the bobbin case and see lint, it’s time for a cleaning.

You should first locate the machine’s instruction manual. The manual provides critical information on the proper assembly and disassembly of your sewing machine.

In addition, it also provides ample information on the proper way to clean your specific machine.

If you have lost or misplaced your manual, do not fear! A simple online search is likely to pull up an online copy of PDF of the manual.

If you still cannot find it, you should contact the dealer of your sewing machine to receive one.

Next, gather all of the items you’ll need to clean. You will want a brush to get the majority of the lint out.

Most machines come equipped with their own brush, but if you’ve misplaced it or prefer a different one, soft brushes such as those used for makeup work extremely well.

In addition, you can also use a small vacuum device to suck lint out from hard to reach areas.

While some people use canned pressurized air to blow lint from their machine, this method can be extremely harmful to the machine, pushing lint and debris further into the mechanisms until it’s unreachable.

In addition, it can allow moisture into the machine, causing rust and irreversible damage, so avoid canned and pressurized air when cleaning.

You will also want a set of new needles, which you should replace every time you clean the machine, as well as some sewing machine oil.

Finally, you will need a soft rag or cloth to clean the exterior of the machine.

Finally, now that we’ve obtained and read the owner’s manual, we can get down to the actual cleaning process.

First, you should unplug your sewing machine and ensure it’s completely off. Read through the manual before taking anything apart to ensure you know how to properly assemble and disassemble your machine.

Next, remove the needle in the machine and throw it away. Note the way it was facing­–that’s how you’ll want to put it back when you’re complete.

Next, remove the presser foot and bobbin. Then, once those have been removed, take out the needle plate and bobbin case.

Now that everything is open, you should be able to see the lint accumulated in your machine. Take your brush and gently remove the lint, dust, and general debris.

Take care to not jostle any pieces or be too rough; you don’t want to accidentally damage any parts.

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