Cleaning your sewing machine can significantly extend its lifespan. Way too many people clean their sewing machines when it’s too late, and they notice technical problems or the machine stops working altogether. And cleaning it doesn’t have to be hard work – as long as you stick to a few steps which everyone who owns a sewing machine should follow.
The first thing you should do is read the manual about the motor size. So many people prefer to guess what they should do with their machines instead of simply going through this little booklet which usually comes with your machine and just find all the necessary information inside. Not only, will you learn how to clean it properly (and when oil it, as some people tend to do it too often, and others don’t do it at all) but you will also find instructions on taking it apart so that you don’t break any piece of it. Of course, in case you’ve lost it try to search on Google – you have a very big chance of finding one in the PDF version somewhere online. Sometimes, all you have to do is visit the manufacturer’s website or send an email to manufacturer’s support.
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Once you have read all the necessary information on cleaning your specific model of sewing machine, you can proceed to actually doing it. The very first thing you should do is unplugging it from the power source. Never work with your sewing machine plugged in. Although it sounds like a common sense thing to do, too many people forget about such a simple first step.
What about the routine? How often should you clean your sewing machine? Usually, this can be found in the manual though it will obviously depend on how often do you use it and for how long. Also, the fabrics that you use may have a different impact on certain parts of your machine. If you sew a cotton T-shirt or pants once a month, there is not much work for you to do. On the other hand, if you use it every day and sew things made of different fabrics, you should take care of it daily. You don’t have to take everything apart but at least wipe it after work and making sure that all of the little pieces of fabric are removed. The absolute must is checking the bobbin area any time you change it.
Never blow into your machine.
Also, many people tend to blow into the machine to get rid of small fabric particles. This is one of the easiest things to corrode your machine from the inside. Although, you may believe that your breath makes it dry, it’s actually making it slightly wet and not only the fabrics won’t go out thanks to that, but you can severely damage your machine long-term. The same applies to using canned air, which can make the inside of your machine slightly moist. When in doubt it’s best to check in the manual.
Cleaning your sewing machine can significantly extend its lifespan. Of course, if you don’t destroy it by making it moist from the inside. But if you stick to the manual and you clean it regularly you won’t even have to take it apart too often, what will make your machine work more precisely for a much longer time.