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How to Maintain Your Sewing Machine

March 28th, 2018 Nick of Time Textiles
Maintaining a Sewing Machine

Maintaining a Sewing Machine When is the last time you maintained your sewing machine? There are so many people who either forget to do it regularly or just choose to neglect their sewing machine by not doing any maintenance on it at all. It can take a huge toll on your machine. Take a look at some tips for maintaining your sewing machine the right way below.

Begin by removing your throat plate.

The throat plate is the part of your sewing machine where dust, fabric fibers, and other debris tend to collect. You will need to start the process of maintaining your sewing machine by removing it so that you can clean under and around it.

Use a nylon brush to clean the lower part of your sewing machine.

Once your throat plate has been removed, you can use a nylon brush to clean out every nook and cranny. While you might be tempted to use compressed air to do this, that can actually push debris further inside your machine, so use your brush instead. You want to get in between your feed dogs, and you also want to clean your bobbin case if you use one.

Make sure you oil your machine.

Once all the cleaning has been done, it’s time to oil your machine so that it doesn’t start squeaking on you. You should always use sewing machine oil to do this, as it’s specially designed to prevent friction in your machine. Find all the moving parts inside of your machine and apply a small amount of oil to them.

Wipe down your machine to remove excess oil and put everything back together.

The last thing you want to do after maintaining your sewing machine is get oil all over the next piece of fabric you use. So before you start using it again, use an old piece of fabric to wipe down the machine and get rid of extra oil. After doing that, you can reattach your throat plate and wipe the entire machine with a dust cloth to make it shine. Your machine will then be ready to use again.

When you aren’t using your sewing machine, you should consider covering it to keep dirt and dust away from it. You should also invest in high-quality fabrics that will pair well with your machine. Call Nick of Time at 877-447-8370 to see what we have in stock today.




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