It seems like a million years ago now, but I did a podcast with my local sewing machine technician about tips for cleaning and maintaining your sewing machine. I’ve finally recorded a video demonstrating how you can clean and maintain your sewing machine at home. You can see the video below. This video is for a sewing machine with a top loading bobbin, but the video using a sewing machine with a front loading bobbin is being uploading to YouTube now!
or you can see it on YouTube here
I had always been too scared to take my sewing machine apart, but doing the podcast with my sewing machine specialist made me realise that it wasn’t that scary after all (and he could fix my sewing machine if I did manage to break something anyway ).
Steps for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Sewing Machine
The following guide is a snapshot of what you will find in the video above
Before I started removing parts I took out the thread and unplugged the power cord from the sewing machine.
Step 1 : Remove the needle and foot (I removed the ‘ankle’ part as well).
Step 2: Remove the needle plate by loosening the screw/s. keep the screws with the needle plate as you do not want to lose these.
Step 3: Remove the bobbin case.
Step 4: Use a soft brush to gently brush out the lint build up and any pieces of thread in the hook race area. Be sure to brush the lint out of the machine and not let it fall through the cracks and further into your sewing machine.
Also clean between the feed dog teeth as well. You can get a big build up of lint here.
check your manual for this step as some machines do not need to be oiled!
Step 5: Oil the middle of the hook race with one or two drops of sewing machine oil. You really don’t need very much. (I’m using my old machine in the video and photo as my newer machine does not need oiling. I knew I kept it for a reason!)
Step 6: Reassemble your sewing machine and don’t forget to change the needle for a new one now if it is needed!
Step 7: Wipe you machine over with a dry cloth and you are done.
The thought of taking your sewing machine apart can be scary, but once you know how to do it, it’s not all that scary after all.
If you’re still having trouble getting your head around cleaning and maintaining your sewing machine then think of your sewing machine like you would think about your car. You tend to check your car frequently to see how the tyre pressure, oil, water, etc are going between professional services, right? It’s the same with your sewing machine. Cleaning out your bobbin area and feed dogs and oiling (if needed) is your maintenance you do in between your big sewing machine services. These big services should be done by your local sewing machine technician or specialist once a year or so. If you look after your sewing machine, it will look after you.
Happy cleaning and maintaining!