A great video tutorial for sewing machine maintenance oil and clean for top loading bobbin sewing machines. Easy to follow so you can maintain your sewing machine at home.
I had always been too scared to take my sewing machine apart, but doing the podcast with my sewing machine specialist (not available any more though sorry) 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 😉 ).
If you have a sewing machine with a front loading bobbin you can see my step by step video for how to do some sewing machine maintenance on it.
Sewing Machine Maintenance Video for Top Loading Bobbin Machines
or you can see it on YouTube here
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!
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 sewing machine maintenance 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. 😉
If you’re interested in how to do some sewing machine maintenance for your machines timing and tension then you can also check out these Man Sewing Video tutorials. His photo on the videos are hilarious so even just check that out for a laugh!
Happy cleaning and maintaining!