Regardless of your experience level, you need to clean your sewing machine every once in a while. A well-maintained sewing machine can provide excellent performance for a long period of time. Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to maintain their sewing machine. In today’s post, I will show you how to keep your sewing machine well-maintained.
Different Maintenance Modes
When it comes to maintaining the best sewing machines, there are two types of activities. Let’s take a closer look.
Daily Cleaning: Daily cleaning tasks include monitoring the performance of your sewing machine and taking the necessary steps to address any potential issue. You should follow the user manual to find out the best ways to ensure the best daily cleaning steps. Some common tasks include checking the needle condition, monitoring thread tension, bobbin performance etc. Additionally, cover the machine to prevent the dust and debris.
Long-term Cleaning: Along with the daily cleaning tasks, there are some long run cleaning tasks to get the best performance from the machine. You should follow a specific oiling schedule and find out which parts need regular replacing. While the ideal frequency depends on the number and type of your projects, it is a good idea to check your machine after every extensive project and change the needle regardless of its condition.
Now that you have an idea about the daily and long-term cleaning tasks, let’s talk about the common cleaning steps for your sewing machine.
Remove the Dust and Debris
The first step in cleaning your sewing machine is to unplug it. Then, you need to remove all the loose components and store them in a secure place. Use specialized tools like lint brush, canned air or vacuum to remove any lint and debris from the machine. Make sure you have taken care of all the exposed joints.
Clean the Feed Dogs
Feed dogs are the most exposed component in the usual design of most sewing machines. And therefore, they are more likely to gather dart and debris. And it is simply impossible to get the perfect stitch when you have dirty feed dogs. Use a soft cloth and brush to keep this area cleaned.
Clean the Race Area
Compared to the other parts, cleaning the race area requires some extra attention. You will find it especially challenging if you are using canned air or vacuums to clean the machine. You should never allow dust or dirt to settle into that area. Blow the dust by moving the race area from right to left.
Clean the Tension Disc
If your machine comes with a side cover, you need to remove it to clean the tension disc. And if there’s no cover, you can use vacuum or blowers to clean the lint and other dirt from the thread paths. It is also possible to clean the tension disc by raising the pressure foot. You can use dental floss or cotton buds to clean the thread channel.
As you can see, maintaining your sewing machine is not that difficult. Once you know what to do, you can easily keep your machine well-maintained and get the best performance for a long period of time.