6 techniques to keep your sewing machine in great running order

Your sewing machine is your most special sewing tool, so you should give it special care. Follow these 6 easy ways to make sure it keeps up with the demands you place on it.




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Keep your sewing machine in tip-top shape
  1. Cover your machine when it's not in use, to keep dust from settling in the many moving parts of the machine.

  2. Clean lint from the throat plate and bobbin case. Remove the bobbin case and throat plate so you can brush or vacuum dust from these areas where dust and lint from fabrics can gather and cause stitching problems.

  3. After you've cleaned it out, add a drop of sewing machine oil to your side- or front-load bobbin case. Like adding oil to your car's engine, this keeps the metal case that feeds thread to the needle humming along.

  4. If your machine has an LCD screen, clean it with an ammonia-free glass cleaner and wipe dry with a lint-free cloth.

  5. Use a new needle when you start a new project. Even though it may look fine, needles dull and get microscopic burrs from repeatedly moving up and down and puncturing fabric fibers at a high speed.

  6. Plug your sewing machine into a surge protector, rather than directly into your electrical wall socket, to protect it from electrical surges. Sewing machines are work horses, but electronic machines are worthless if they get “fried.”

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