Last Day of the Month – Lets All Clean our Sewing Machines

We use them (some of me over use them), we want them ready whenever we want to do something, so it is only right that we give our machine a little love now and then.

This year I have dedicated the last day of the month (today) as Clean Your Machines Day.

Today I am going to take you through what I do to clean each of my machines.

Tools

  • A clean soft bristle paint brush (this is perfect for getting lint out of the machine, and cleaning around bobbins etc.
    cleaning brush
  • Oiler. I love my precision oiler, because it gives a tiny delicate drop of oil in an exact position.
    oiler
  • Screwdriver – the one that comes with your machine is fine.
  • screwdriver
  • Magnet tray (or needle tray) to collect all of your screws and not loose them.
    place screw in magnetic bowl
  • Compressed Air Can, perfect for getting rid of the last of any dirt etc.
    compressed air
  • Spray cleaner – I like Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol) sprayed onto a clean wipe.
    rubbing alcohol
  • Microfibre cloth.

For top loading bobbin machines…

  1. Turn off the machine, and turn on a bright light near the machine
  2. Use your screwdriver to remove the needle plate.
    remove screw
  3. Place your screws into a magnetic tray, or with your pins so that you don’t misplace them.
    place screw in magnetic bowl
  4. Remove the bobbin case from the machine, and use your paint brush to remove any fluff from the case.
    remove bobbin

    dirty bobbin area

    This is my machine with only 1 month of lint and dust built up.

  5. Gently run the paintbrush around the inside of the bobbin area.
    cleaning bobbin area
  6. Take the can of compressed air, and blow a couple of sprays into the bobbin area. This will remove any excess fluff or debris from inside the bobbin area where you cannot get to.
    use compressed air
  7. Using your precision oiler, place a drop of oil onto the centre of the bobbin area.
    oiling your machine
  8. Lightly spray (I mean one spray of rubbing alcohol) the microfiber cloth with rubbing alcohol, and run the cloth around the threading guide on the top of your machine.
    clean thread path
  9. Run the cloth with rubbing alcohol over the needle plate to clean it.
  10. Replace the bobbin case.
  11. Replace the needle plate and screws.
    replace bobbin plate
  12. Run the microfiber cloth over the entire machine to remove excess finger prints, as well as any dirt and dust.
    clean outside of machine

For bottom loading bobbin machines…

  1. Turn off the machine, and turn on a bright light near the machine
  2. Remove the bobbin case from the machine, and use your paint brush to remove any fluff from the case.
    open up your bobbin area
  3. Gently run the paintbrush around the inside of the bobbin area.
    partially cleaned bobbin area
  4. Take the can of compressed air, and blow a couple of sprays into the bobbin area. This will remove any excess fluff or debris from inside the bobbin area where you cannot get to.
  5. Using your precision oiler, place a drop of oil onto the centre of the bobbin area.
    oil as per machine instructions
  6. Lightly spray (I mean one spray of rubbing alcohol) the microfiber cloth with rubbing alcohol, and run the cloth around the threading guide on the top of your machine.
  7. Run the cloth with rubbing alcohol over the needle plate to clean it.
  8. Replace the bobbin case.
  9. Run the microfiber cloth over the entire machine to remove excess finger prints, as well as any dirt and dust.

So I hope you will join me in Making today Clean Your Machine Day.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.

Julie

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