[Infographic] The Dos and Don’ts of Cleaning Your Sewing Machine


One of the reasons I love sewing is because it allows me to live a frugal lifestyle. I’m guessing it does for you as well. When your winter scarf gets old and tattered, why buy a new one when you can simply curl up with your beloved Singer and sew one up in an afternoon? And let’s be honest- it’s easy to overlook cleaning our sewing machines when other, more fun, projects await.

But a well-maintained sewing machine won’t break down nearly as fast as a neglected one, and will save you money in the long run. So let’s stop procrastinating and start following the steps in this infographic to clean our sewing machines.


IMPORTANT: Please be sure to UNPLUG your sewing machine before attempting any cleaning!


how to clean your sewing machine



  1. Read the manual.
  2. Always clean your machine using a brush.
  3. Follow the instructions in your manual on how to oil your machine.
  4. Wipe your machine clean with a clean rag after use.
  5. Only take small pieces of your machine apart at a time.
  6. After cleaning the machine, sew a small piece of fabric to make sure everything is working well.
  7. Get your machine professionally tuned every 12-18 months.



  1. Don’t oil your machine if the manual says not to.
  2. Don’t over oil your machine.
  3. Don’t sew anything after you have over oiled the machine. Let it dry first.
  4. Don’t use canned air or blow into your machine. Use a brush instead.
  5. Don’t clean the machine while it’s plugged in.

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