When you purchased your sewing machine it should have come with a manual that will give you detailed instructions on how to properly maintain your machine. We wanted to put together this brief sewing machine maintenance guide to help anyone who has lost their manual or is using an older machine that was handed down to them (without a manual) from a friend or family member.
A lot of problems that people run into with their sewing machines are generally caused by neglect or improper maintenance. Your best bet for learning how to properly maintain your machine would be to secure a copy of the manual that was written specifically for your machine. You could search online for the make and model number of your machine to find a manual. You could call the manufacturer. Or you could even visit a local sewing machine shop in your area to see if they might have a manual. If you are unable to find a copy of your manual that will tell you how to properly maintain your machine then you can follow the tips below to clean and care for your sewing machine properly.
When trying to keep anything clean, dust is the enemy. If you just brush away lint and dust from your machine every time you use it you will be able to avoid a lot of problems. Even when you are working with fabrics that are not particularly messy you can still end up with lint and small particles of fabric getting into the moving parts of your machine. A soft nylon brush is a great tool for keeping dust and debris out of the moving parts of your sewing machine or you may even wish to use a can of compressed air to keep dust and lint at bay.
In addition to keeping dust and lint out of your machine it is also important to replace your needle after every five to ten hours of sewing time. When you use your sewing machine the needle is passing through the fabric thousands of times and the needle will eventually get dull. When this happens, you could end up with skipped stitches, runs in the fabric, threading problems or you could even damage your machine.
One of the most important things we can point out in this sewing machine maintenance guide is the importance of lubrication. Your sewing machine has a number of movable parts and in any machine where different moving parts are in contact with each other lubrication is required to keep everything working properly. All it takes is a small drop of oil on any points where moving parts come in contact with each other but that small drop of oil can help you avoid big problems.
To learn more about how to lubricate your machine, again it would be good to consult the owner’s manual that was written specifically for your machine. You may also look at videos on the Internet for some tips or more specific information about exactly how to properly clean and maintain your sewing machine.