How To Clean Your Sewing Machine – Part Two

Now that you know that you have to clean your machine, understand the reason behind most negative sewing machine reviews is poor maintenance, and have assemble your cleaning tools—it is now time to dig right in and begin cleaning your device. Before we start I would like to remind you that you are going to need a good hour to follow these steps, so be sure that you have the time set aside for this project so that you aren’t interrupted in the middle of it. With that being said, let’s dig right in and start getting our sewing machine in tip-top condition. Here are the steps in order:

  1. Unplug your machine. This is something you should do whenever you are cleaning the machine or even when you are just changing the needles. It is just good safety.
  2. Remove the needle from your machine and toss it. As you do so, be sure to note the direction of the flat side of the needle. In most machines with side bobbins, the flat side usually faces the right. If you don’t have a machine with a side bobbin, then the flat side of the needle will most likely face the back of the machine.
  3. Read your manual and find out how to remove the needle plate and the presser bar. Remove them.
  4. Next open the bobbin cover and remove the bobbin as well as the bobbin case.
  5. Using your lint brush or makeup brush, remove all of the debris from around these parts.
  6. If you are familiar with how the bobbin race fits into the machine, then you can remove it and clean it. If you aren’t familiar with how this part fits into the machine or your manual doesn’t give you specific directions on removing it, then its best to not remove this part in the first place for cleaning. Take it to a sewing machine repair shop for cleaning. On the other hand, if you can safely remove it, then be sure to give it a thorough cleaning.
  7. Brush out the feed dogs
  8. Brush out the area beneath the feed dogs
  9. Reassemble the bobbin race (if you took it apart that is)
  10. If there is a side cover on your sewing machine, then you can open it up and clean the thread path and tension disks.
  11. Take your soft cloth and clean the exterior of the machine.
  12. Reassemble everything, plug it in and make sure it is working correctly. After you have determined it is working, then you can unplug it and insert new needles in it.

This is the best sewing machine cleaning method I know about. I have been using this method to clean all of my machines and they have never failed me during a stitching job. Follow these steps on a regular basis and I am sure your machine will run just as good as the day you bought it.


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