A sewing machine is a valuable asset. It can make all the difference when it comes to sewing projects and household repairs. However, over time, dirt and lint build up in the machine and will eventually cause problems with how your machine operates. If you want your sewing project looking great without having to take the time for a deep cleaning every few weeks, then follow these tips for cleaning your sewing machine!
1. Clean Lint and Thread Accumulations
When cleaning your sewing machine, remove the needle and presser foot to clean out any lint or threads that may have accumulated in the machine. Remember, do not shake out the machine as it may cause damage. If you have compressed air available, you can use that to blow out the lint. Lastly, ff you have a top loading bobbin, gently pull it up through the opening in bottom of sewing machine cover so that all threads are released before
2. Wipe Down All Metal Parts
Use a damp cloth to wipe down all of the metal parts, including the feed dogs, bobbin case, and tension discs. Your cloth should be squeezed of excess water before you wipe down the parts. You don’t want water to enter any of the electrical components. Don’t use any harsh chemical as they may damage the machine and the fabric you sew on your next project.
3. Vacuum Up Dust and Dirt
Clean out any dust from around the inside of your sewing machine by using a vacuum cleaner with an attachment nozzle on it (or just use a canister vacuum). You should also vacuum the inside of your sewing machine case. Dust really likes to accumulate in there and can cause some problems if ignored.
Dust can damage your sewing machine. So, cleaning your sewing machine is crucial! Some people with allergies or asthma need to be especially careful not to have any dust in their sewing area.
The vacuum is great for sucking up all the extra bits of fabric that get caught around your machine.
4. Clean Your Work Area
Brush off any dust that has collected on top of your sewing machine’s cabinet with a soft brush or dry rag if you don’t want to take everything apart for cleaning purposes.
The area around the sewing machine should also be kept clean because this where most people work from when they are crafting by hand or with their machines.
One way to keep it constantly looking tidy is to make sure that everything is put away after use.
5. Cleaning Your Sewing Machine with a Damp Cloth
All parts of your sewing machine can use a cleaning with a damp cloth. Over time, parts become dusty, oily and dirty. This can also happen if you work with it in a dusty or messy environment.
The parts that need the most attention are the needle itself as well as all moving parts of your sewing machine such as gears and levers.
When cleaning your sewing machine, think small. To get into hard to reach places, use cotton swabs attached to wooden sticks soaked in alcohol. Alcohol cuts the grease well. To get rid of some of the oily residue on parts like gears, use a paper towel dipped in alcohol. Let it sit for a while before scrubbing with a toothbrush and then wipe away the excess and allow to dry thoroughly.
You can also take apart your sewing machine if you want to do an even deeper cleaning but regular maintenance will mean you (hopefully), never have to do deep cleaning.
6. When in Doubt, Check the Manual
If you need to do more extensive cleaning than what is outlined here, consult your manual for specific instructions about how best to go about this task safely and effectively!
You don’t want to start taking things apart when you’re not sure how they go back together. The manual tells you a lot about your sewing machine, including how to take it apart safely, how different parts work together and what you can do to keep your machine running smoothly.
When in doubt, check the manual!
Prevent Dirt and Dust Buildup by Cleaning Regularly
In summary, cleaning your sewing machine is not hard and takes less than an hour to do. If you follow these simple tips and tricks, you will be able to sew for years without any problems from dirt or grime contamination!
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