In today’s article, guide and FREE online fashion sewing video tutorial, I’d like us to look at the basic maintenance of our sewing machines.
In particular, I want to show each and every one of you, that with just a few minutes work, we can ensure our beloved machines will run smoothly and efficiently, hour after hour.
In just a few simple steps, we can stop our sewing projects from falling apart during the merest hint of a strong wind!
Cleaning Your Sewing Machine – Your Tools
When you first purchase a sewing machine, it should in most circumstances, come with a small selection of tools to aid you in its upkeep.
If though, for whatever reason you don’t have these tools to hand, you can purchase them from most sewing stockists or by hunting down individual pieces on most online market places.
Thankfully, the list in not exhaustive and, the main tools you will need are -
• Small lint brush
• Small and large screwdrivers
• Clean cloth
Believe it or not, these simple tools will aid you in maximising your sewing machines performance.
Once you have your tools, please remember the following -
• Clean your sewing machine after every sewing project or weekly
• Service your sewing machine annually at a reputable dealer
• And before you begin to clean – TURN OFF and UNPLUG your sewing machine
So if we’re ready to begin – let’s clean our sewing machines!
Cleaning Your Sewing Machine with Colleen G Lea
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As you can see, the process of cleaning our sewing machines need not be a tricky one.
Of course, sewing machines differ, so I’d always advise you refer back to your manual as a general point of reference.
To clarify -
Cleaning the Feed Dog
Switch off your sewing machine and unplug before attempting to remove lint from the feed dog.
• Remove the needle
• Remove the pressure foot
• Remove the needle / stitch plate
Cleaning the Bobbin Area (front loading)
In order to clean this particular area of your sewing machine, it will need to be dismantled. There are three things that you need to remove and they are as follows -
• The bobbin case
• The hook race ring
• The hook race itself
I hope you found this tutorial of use. Do you do anything differently?
Please do get in touch and share your thoughts or experiences with the growing fashion sewing community.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Happy fashion sewing
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