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!
- Read the manual.
- Always clean your machine using a brush.
- Follow the instructions in your manual on how to oil your machine.
- Wipe your machine clean with a clean rag after use.
- Only take small pieces of your machine apart at a time.
- After cleaning the machine, sew a small piece of fabric to make sure everything is working well.
- Get your machine professionally tuned every 12-18 months.
- Don’t oil your machine if the manual says not to.
- Don’t over oil your machine.
- Don’t sew anything after you have over oiled the machine. Let it dry first.
- Don’t use canned air or blow into your machine. Use a brush instead.
- Don’t clean the machine while it’s plugged in.
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