I use to take my machine to a tiny little vacuum repair shop. The man had a friend that fixed sewing machines. I would drop it off & pick it up 3 weeks & $85 later. I did this religiously because my machine usually sounded like a freight train & that’s when I knew it was time for a cleaning. I would get it back 3 weeks & $85 later humming along & I felt like it was money well spent.
I was sewing up orders & couldn’t wait 3 weeks & $85.
That’s when I decided to take a thing or two apart on my machine & try to repair & oil a few things. To my surprise I found so much lint & fabric fibers under the plate on my dog feed. I took my needle nose tweezers & one picked it all out. Then I looked underneath & found more. About an hour & a pile of lint later my sewing machine was humming along like new. And it cost me 1 hour & I saved 3 weeks & $85.
I clean my machine often. I sew several hours a week. You may not have to clean yours as often. But I encourage you to get to know your machine & how it threads, what comes off with screws, where lint may gather for a small party etc. It will empower you when you come across a small thread that may be stuck somewhere & it’s making the most awful noise & you claim it’s broke. If you know your machine, you will be able to dig around & hunt down that tiny thread & save yourself time & money.
Let’s get started.
I keep a box of swifter clothes in my sewing room & a box of q-tips. Also you will need a brush, I use a child’s paint brush. Needle nose tweezers or something that can grab threads & lint piles. Oil, that comes with your machine. Screw driver, mine came with my machine as well.
Remove spool of thread from machine before cleaning.
1. Take the plate off & expose the feed dog. This is where the lint hides. All types of fabric runs over this plate & so it adds up over time. Take your needle nose tweezers & pick it out from the feed. Today, mine wasn’t so bad, I had just cleaned the lint out in December. Once it’s clean place plate back on.
2. Underneath is the bobbin case & bobbin. This is where the loose threads like to party. Remove the bobbin & bobbin case & set it aside. Remove the shuttle race case. Take the paint brush & q-tips and begin cleaning. Once clean put it back together. If your machine is similar to mine, I tip my machine slightly back to hold the shuttle race cover in place until I have it latched in with the hooks.
3. On the top side of the machine where it’s threaded, take a paint brush & q-tips & clean out that area too.
4. I removed the top of my machine & oiled it. Refer to your machine manual for oiling points. All machines are different.
**Please note that all of this information & tips are my own & how I clean my machine according to my manual. All machines are different, but some of these tips may be helpful for most machines!**
anything you want me to teach or address next week? let me know if the comment section :)