Sewing machines are a lifeline to the tailors and an art tool to the sewing passionate people. They are the means to bring the creativity to life. Therefore, it becomes essential that they are maintained well. Here are a few instructions and tricks to keep your sewing machine last longer than usual.
How often you should clean your sewing machine
According to experts, most of the problems arise due to poor or no maintenance. So, everything that matters is maintenance. But there is much more than this to it. It is not just the regular maintenance that is mandatory. You need to do so many more things to keep your sewing machine working fine. However, the most important question is that how frequently you should do it.
Daily cleaning: This includes monitoring the daily performance of the machine. You need to do the necessary course of action that is needed for it. For this, your user manual is an important thing. Check the needle condition and the bobbin performance. Make sure the thread tension is right. Do this after every sewing session. When you are done stitching, cover the sewing machine with a protective cover so that it is free of dust and dirt.
Care in the long run: You need to check if the machine needs oiling in the long run. You should also check for any parts that might need replacement. A rule of thumb is to check your sewing machine thoroughly after every project. Replace any needles right away. Oil it on a regular basis. The bobbin and thread tension are a crucial thing to a sewing machine. So they must be adjusted in the best way.
Things not to do
Usually, you will find all the things that you must do first on the list. But here we are telling you what not to do first. This way you can avoid all the unforeseen circumstances.
Most of the times it is not a technical fault that is making the sewing process difficult altogether. But most of it can be accredited to how you keep the machine. So, here are few habits that you should give up now if you wish to maintain your sewing machine for a long period of time.
Not using proper needles depending on the type of cloth you are stitching.
Not using appropriate quality thread. It should not be too low a quality nor should be improperly thick.
Not maintaining the optimum tension. It should not be too loose nor too tight.
Avoiding cleaning and lubricating the machine for months
Stitching very coarse and hard fabric that impacts the internal machinery of your sewing machine.
Inputting the power into your sewing machine from low or fluctuating source.
Leaving your machine open, uncovered, unprotected to dust and dirt.
These habits can make you a victim of many issues. If you face thread breakage, needle breakage, or uneven stitches, blame it on yourself. It is happening due to your negligence.
So, the next big question is, how to care for your sewing machine so that it lasts long?
Things to clean the sewing machine
Before moving on to clean the machine, let us first see what things we are going to need for this purpose.
Very important, cannot miss these out
User manual of the sewing machine
Sewing machine oil
Optional, but should be kept
Vacuum which has a small vacuum attachment
Disposable type mascara brush
Canned air equipment
Artist brush (camel hair)
Now that you have the things necessary for cleaning your sewing machine, it is time to move on to actually clean it. First of all, make sure that if you have an electronic one, the power is turned off. Unplug it from the socket. Next, discard the needle.
Now, remove the needle plate and the presser foot. The user manual can help you and guide you how you can remove these parts. Then, take apart the bobbin and the bobbin case.
Remove all dust from the deep areas: When you have removed all the components, you can dust away all the debris. Using a lint brush, dust all the exposed parts. You can also use a vacuum or the canned air system for the same purpose.
Cleaning the feed dogs: Brush them very properly. Since this area has the most exposure to the dust and lint, this cannot stay dirty with all of these. Otherwise, the stitch won’t come out to be clean and smooth.
Clean the race area: This is a little tricky thing to clean, especially if the medium of cleaning used is canned air or vacuum. Make sure that the dust is not pushed further inside.
Cleaning the tension disc: In case, your sewing machine has a side cover, remove it and move on to clean the thread path. If there is nothing like that, use a blower or a vacuum. The tension discs will be perfectly cleaned after this. There is an alternate way of cleaning these. Raise the presser foot. This will remove the tension discs. Then, run a cotton thread or a dental floss through it and move in to and fro.
Putting things back together
After cleaning everything, the sewing machine should be reassembled. Here, it is crucial that you put each and everything back properly.
Without putting back any part, turn on your machine. Check if all the internal parts are working properly.
Turn it off. Put the parts in their proper locations
Insert a new needle and make sure you are aware of the flat side
Finishing it up
Next, you need to keep oiling and lubricating at regular intervals.
Keep oiling the machine. Lubricants reach out to places that you cannot and thus, remove the dirt. A smooth feel is also maintained using this
Lubricate it once every 2-3 months.
Check signs of any disruptions. Clean whenever you find some.
Cleaning a sewing machine is as important as food is for you. make sure you do it regularly to keep your sewing machine last long.