The Best And Quickest Way To Keep Your Sewing Machine Clean

Whether you use an overlocker or traditional sewing machine, taking care of your equipment and keeping it clean as recommended is the key to many years of good service.

Obviously the service intervals will vary depending on how frequently you sew. But there are indicators that your machine is less than happy and in need of some TLC:

  • The thread is breaking or getting stuck frequently
  • Uneven or skipped stitches in the middle of a seam
  • You are going through needles more than usual (and it’s not because you sewed over a pin)
  • The motor does not sound right – you want a regular and repeat sound
  • There are signs of oil on your fabric

What Is The Best Way To Clean A Sewing Machine?

Regular maintenance of your affordable sewing machine will ensure it performs at its peak. For the best results, follow these seven simple steps:

  1. Checking the instructions is not for sissies! Download your Empisal sewing machine’s manual before starting your sewing machine maintenance. It is the best guide to the specific upkeep tasks needed by your machine.
  2. Prepare by unplugging your machine and removing the presser foot, needle, needle plate, and bobbin (and bobbin case if you have one).
  3. Using a nylon brush or vacuum cleaner crevice nozzle, clean out all the dust, lint, dried up oil, and remnants of broken needles that have collected in the bobbin compartment. Clean the places where thread and fabrics shed as they rubbed against your sewing machine.
  4. Examine your machine parts for wear and use a screwdriver to gently test and tighten the critical screws. Inspect the condition of the feed dogs, needle plates, and the power cord.
  5. Use nothing but the manufacturer recommended sewing machine oil to lubricate the areas where friction is caused by moving parts – check your manual to find out where. Move the handwheel backwards and forwards a few times to work the oil in.
  6. Use a scrap of absorbent muslin to clean up any excess oil before reassembling your machine. Once plugged back in, do some test seams on a piece of fabric to check the thread tension of straight stitch and the stitch length and width of zig-zag.
  7. Finally, wipe down the entire exterior of your sewing machine with a dryer sheet. Not only will it lift the dust, but the microlayer of residue it leaves behind will repel dust in the future.

For more information on keeping your sewing machine clean and well maintained, contact the helpful team at Empisal today.