Maintaining a sewing machine’s good health is quite easy. Once you learn the basics of cleaning and oiling and practice these habits regularly, the machine will run smoothly and rarely require repairs. Use the following tips to keep your machine in tip-top shape for years to come.
Safety Precautions: First and foremost, unplug the sewing machine before performing any form of maintenance. Additionally, you should remove the presser foot and needle. These will only get in the way and the needle may break during cleaning.
Manuals Matter: Always read the manual before performing any form of maintenance or cleaning. Each machine has a slightly different set up and will require slightly different steps to oil and clean the machine. Some machines do not require oiling, or should only be oiled by a trained technician. Be sure to check your manual to see if this is the case, as opening certain portions of the machine or oiling areas might void your warranty.
Schedule A Date: A regular maintenance schedule will keep your sewing machine stitching happily for years to come. Plan to clean the sewing machine after each use. Schedule a date each month on your calendar to oil the machine.
Photo Shoot: Only disassemble one sewing machine section at a time. Take photos of each step as you disassemble the area to note how the parts fit together. Should you forget how to reassemble the machine, the photos will show you the way.
Other Resources to Check Out
For specifics on cleaning and oiling your machine, be sure to download and print this fold up booklet on sewing machine maintenance.
Also, check out the trouble shooting guide from the Dec/Jan issue of Sew News. The helpful infographic can assist you with basic sewing machine fixes.