This is how you should maintain your sewing machine



If sewing is what you are passionate about it is obvious that you must be spending a good part of your waking hours in sewing and making creative projects or even creating things that are extremely close to your heart. But do you clean your sewing prudently? It has been observed among people who sew using machines that while a small percentage of them are extremely cautious about the cleaning bit a vast majority of them procrastinate the cleaning that it becomes imminent for them to get to it.

Regular maintenance and cleaning is a sine quo non

Cleaning the machine on a regular basis is extremely important to be able to extend the life of the machine and also to make sure that costly maintenance by technician can be avoided by using some prudent sense of maintaining yourself.

How often must you clean?
Cleaning does not mean that you must comprehensively clean the entire machine. Some of the maintenance may be needed to be done every time that you use it; some only when you undertake a particular kind of project and some which will need to be carried out effectively and religiously annually.

A clean machine is very important:
You love making pretty things on your machine and some of them you gift to people and that can bring sunshine to their lives. It is important that you prudently maintain your machine so that you can do it for a longer time to come. So, what’s your excuse for not cleaning?!


Using the machine’s cover:
I used to have a habit of running chores simultaneously when I sat down on my machine to sew. It probably had something to do with my children who were very young then and every time I would hear sound from their nursery I would get up to check on them. It also used to happen that sometimes the noise would be inconsequential and I would return back to work on the machine. But there would also be times when things there could be serious like the other day when my little four year old choked on her toy and threw up.

I was there in nick of time because from the place in the living room I could hear her retching loudly. But then she threw up and she had to be cleaned and comforted and getting back to the machine was conveniently forgotten. That day I must have passed the sewing machine at least five times but I procrastinated covering it with the cover just because I was mentally making a note to myself to come back and finish the work before I call it a day. Needless to say that didn’t happen because by the end of the day I was just too tired to sit on the machine and complete the work for the day. So, the machine stayed uncovered for a couple of days.

Clearing the lint:
Regular cleaning the lint around your machine is a good habit and helps to extend the machine’s life. Thread bits will need to be consistently cleared from the feed trays and other nooks to be able to not clog them. A small piece of lint free cloth, a small pointed instrument for reaching into hard to reach places, a lint brush and a bottle of machine oil must always be kept handy around the machine.

The next time I returned to work, I found a good amount of dust and my kitty’s fur laced on it! It took at least a quarter of an hour to get it off and start working again. While machines nowadays do come with a plastic cover that snug fitly over them, you can also sew a cover for it in case the machine you own does not come with it or you have broken or damaged it. If you have nothing for the moment you could even use a pillow case to temporarily cover your machine. While looking for a machine you may want to check out the website  to find out which one comes equipped with a cover. The benefit of having a cover on the machine is that not only does it save the trouble to cleaning too often but it also looks neat on the table.

Changing needles:
A bad or a bent needle can spoil the project or make ugly pull marks in your cloth and has the potential to spoil your machine. It is a good idea to make a note of when you changed the needle last and have the note beside your stitching paraphernalia itself. If you are into heavy usage of the machine then a needle change is recommended for every eight to ten hours that the machine is used. Otherwise, if the project has been such r the cloth has been so that it is imminent that the needle may have been damaged or dulled or bent then it is most likely that you change it before you start working on something else.