Time for a Spring Clean?

It astounds me that people don't realise they need to clean their sewing machines out fairly regularly!  If you want something to work well then you need to look after it right? 

How to clean your Sewing Machine The Crafty Nomad

To be honest it is pretty easy to keep your machine running smoothly with a quick clean out every now and then.   Here's a quick "How To" to help you on your way. (This is written for top loading machines)

You will need: 

  • A small screwdriver
  • A lint brush (or cotton buds if you don't have the brush)
  • A tissue
  • Sewing Machine Oil
1) Most sewing machines come with a small screwdriver.  Use this to remove the metal shank that holds the presser foot.  (And remove the presser foot too!).

1) Most sewing machines come with a small screwdriver.  Use this to remove the metal shank that holds the presser foot.  (And remove the presser foot too!).

3) Again using your screwdriver unscrew the metal plate the protects the mechanics and bobbin case.  You may need to remove the clear bobbin cover to help you lift the metal plate out of the way.

3) Again using your screwdriver unscrew the metal plate the protects the mechanics and bobbin case.  You may need to remove the clear bobbin cover to help you lift the metal plate out of the way.

5) Carefully lift it out.  I like to give that a clean with the lint brush now.  Make sure you set it down in front of the machine facing the same way as you took it out, this will help you put it back in correctly.

5) Carefully lift it out.  I like to give that a clean with the lint brush now.  Make sure you set it down in front of the machine facing the same way as you took it out, this will help you put it back in correctly.

7) Add a drop of Sewing Machine Oil to the machine to make it run more smoothly.

7) Add a drop of Sewing Machine Oil to the machine to make it run more smoothly.

2) Now remove the needle, you don't want to hurt yourself whilst cleaning the machine now then do you! Make sure you hold onto the needle whilst you loosen it so it doesn't fall into the machine.

2) Now remove the needle, you don't want to hurt yourself whilst cleaning the machine now then do you! Make sure you hold onto the needle whilst you loosen it so it doesn't fall into the machine.

4) This is what it looks like inside.  Pretty dusty! Oooops!  We'll get to that in a moment.  But first you will need to remove the bobbin case from the machine as lots of dust gathers underneath it.

4) This is what it looks like inside.  Pretty dusty! Oooops!  We'll get to that in a moment.  But first you will need to remove the bobbin case from the machine as lots of dust gathers underneath it.

6) Now take your brush and clean inside the place where the bobbin case sits, in between the feed dogs and then all the nooks and crannys.  Every time you bring out dust, pop it onto the tissue.

6) Now take your brush and clean inside the place where the bobbin case sits, in between the feed dogs and then all the nooks and crannys.  Every time you bring out dust, pop it onto the tissue.

8) Once you are satisfied there is no more dust to be seen you can pop the bobbin case back in, secure the metal plate back on top with the screwdriver, replace the presser foot shank and needles and sew your heart out again! Lol!

I don't clean my machine regularly enough, I would say it would need a good clean after say 8 hours of solid working on it.  But it depends what fabric you are sewing with as some lose more of their fibres along the way and therefore make more of a mess than others.

Hope that helps.