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Easy Steps On How To Clean & Maintain Your Sewing Machine

Many of the problems that happen on your sewing machine are often the result of little or no maintenance. Like all machines, are subject to eventual fraying with prolonged use.

As such, it is expected that you give it a correct and opportune maintenance to avoid problems later on.

There are different types of sewing machines available on the market today – electric, mechanical, and computerized.

Why You Should Clean It

But regardless of the kind of you have, the same degree of care and upkeep is needed for all. Several steps are necessary to guarantee a lasting efficiency.

Here are a few things you will need before we delve into the step-by-step guide in cleaning your sewing machine: user manual of the product, lint brush, needles, soft/ damp cloth, and oil.

Optional tools include vacuum with a small vacuum attachment, canned air equipment, artist brush (camel hair), and disposable type mascara brush.

Video Overview

First Step

First things first. You need to have a copy of the manual. This is the best source you can have regarding your machine – its outer and inner instruments.

If you don’t have one or happen to have lost it, you can jot down the name, model, and serial number and search it online or contact the dealer manually.

Step Two

The next step is to get rid of the needle (makes sure you remember which side is the flat side). The flat side customarily faces the posterior part of the machine.

However, this flat side, in all probability, may face the right side on machines with bobbins located on the side.

By reading your user manual, learn how to remove the needle and its plate, the presser, bobbin and its case. Utilize your lint brush in dusting off these pieces.

Lint is an inevitable byproduct of long-time operation, and a lint brush is possibly the most accessible tool one can have to clean it all out.

In ordinary cases, a simple lint brush will suffice in cleaning and remove the lint from the open and sensitive parts inside of the machine.

However, optional tools like the vacuum or a canned air equipment may also be used to remove lint from the deeper, out-of-reach areas. Cleaning at regular intervals can help you avoid problems related to the accumulation of lint into your machine.

After removing and brushing all these pieces, the next to be properly brushed off are the feed dogs.

After which, take the time to collect all the dust from the race area of the machine of the race is the most vulnerable area when it comes to dust and lint.

Your manual may also tell you how to remove and re-attach this so-called race area or the area where the bobbin case sits. Cleaning the race area is a delicate process.

It is imperative that you don’t blow the dust further into your machine. When using canned air equipment, for instance, you can try blowing back to front and right to left.

If you have a sewing machine that has a side cover, remove it to brush off the lint along the thread path. If on the other hand your machine doesn’t have a side cover, you can get a vacuum or canned air equipment for blowing the lint or dust out of the thread paths.

The tension disks of the equipment will be completely done once this step is accomplished. The tension disks may be cleaned out by elevating the presser foot which in turn will release the tension disk.

A thread or floss may then be used to clean the thread channel all throughout in a back-and-forth manner

Time To Re-Attach

After doing all these, the race area of your machine should be re-attached. Make sure you put each and every piece in their correct place and with their respective arrangement.

To fully evaluate the cleaning process you have just accomplished, you should turn on your sewing machine and allow it to operate without the needle, presser foot, and the bobbin case for some seconds.

This step will assure you that all the instruments have been placed in their proper order and that the internal mechanical parts within the machine are left unharmed.

Then, simply turn it off once again, re-attach the needle, presser foot, and the bobbin case.

A brand new needle should then replace the old one and make sure that the leveled side face upward.

The Last Step

The very last thing you should do is to oil or lubricate your machine’s internal parts.

The oil or lubricating agent will get into the places not easily reached and will help you remove any lint that is there.

Also, this will help you keep a clean, soft surface as the oil aids in reducing friction between and among the machine parts.

Be sure to wash your hands before operating on your machine.

Both the exterior and interior surface of your machine needs to be cleaned regularly. The needles of the sewing machine must be changed from time to time.


The performance of yuor machine is contingent on the efficiency of your cleaning process. So make it a routine to clean up your machine and that you never do any shortcuts while cleaning it.

Written by Wilson Jordan
Hello, my name is Wilson. Sewing has been a huge part of my life. I first started sewing as a young boy and have continued throughout my life. A few lessons later and I now I have this website up and running.