How to Properly Maintain Your Sewing Machine

A sewing machine is an excellent investment. You can use it to fix clothing, make gifts or even build a small tailoring business with it. Whether you use your machine every day or once in a while, you need to make sure you are taking good care of your appliance. You can add years of life to your sewing machine by performing just a few simple maintenance tasks. 

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Clean one part at a time

Sewing machines have lots of tiny pieces that work together intricately. When cleaning the device, you need to be careful above moving certain parts and damaging them.  Dig out your machine’s user manual and follow the directions on cleaning the machine without ruining it. 

Clean one part at a time, and use your instructions to find which order to do it in. The best way to do this is to remove a part, clean it, and immediately put it back. This way, you will never lose track of where each piece goes, and you can keep your sewing machine in the best condition. 

Dusting the machine

Sewing machines can build up dirt and dust very quickly. Spare threads, shredded fabric and snapped needles have a way of making themselves inside the machine. After each use, give your machine a quick brush to stop materials accumulating inside of the device and causing a bigger issue later down the line. Always use a clean brush and replace it when the bristles start to break off or get too dirty.

You can use a canister of compressed air to clean the parts of the machine you can’t reach with a brush. This will help you remove lint and other build-up inside the machine without fully taking it apart. If you find your thread keeps shedding, it might be time to invest in a higher-quality brand of thread. 

Oiling your machine

Sewing machines have multiple internal moving parts that can run much smoother and longer with proper oiling. Without oil, resistance can build between these parts and damage the machine. Oil your machine to help the parts move easily and more freely without damaging anything. Typically, you should clean the machine before adding oil to prevent any debris from getting caught within the lubrication. It’s a good idea to double-check your user manual before oiling the machine. 

Wipe down and cover

Welcome to the easy part of the cleaning and maintenance process. You should do an in-depth clean of the machine when things start to drag or use the device frequently. You should give the machine a quick wipe down after every use. Cover the machine when you are not using it to prevent dust from building up over time. A cover can also protect the machine from anything getting spilt on it, like water or coffee.

Do you sew? What kind of a machine do you use?

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