Whether it's your first sewing machine and you're trying to test the sewing waters, or you're a sewing veteran, a sewing machine is an investment.Here are some tips for sewing machine upkeep and cleaning that will keep you, your sewing machine, and your sewing projects in tip-top shape.
Keep It Fresh
Start fresh! Even before turning your sewing machine on, begin by dusting it off and cleaning it up. Use a small brush to dust the top of your machine, under the feed plate (you might need a small screwdriver) and where the bobbin goes. Use tweezers to remove any loose threads and bits of fabric that accumulate under there, and if needed, re-oil your machine as per manufacturers instructions (you can often find pdf versions of most sewing machine manuals online).
Equip The Right Accessories
Having the right accessories will make your sewing projects much more fun and will also help keep your sewing machine running at a great quality.
Pay Attention To Your Needles
Nothing is worse than a broken needle, so making sure that you're using the correct needle when starting a project will save you a lot of tears and heartbreak. The most common types of needles are either a Universal needle which is fine for most woven fabrics or Ball Point which works best with knit fabrics.
Make Your Sewing Machine A Clean Machine
Yes, we already mentioned keeping your machine tidy and regularly dusting it.If you're sporting a vintage sewing machine (we're not going to demand to see photos of that beauty....), there are also some steps you'll want to take to keep your antique or vintage sewing machine clean, too. Either way, a regularly cleaned machine means less chance of damage to the machine and your projects in the long run.
Well-Used = Well-Loved
Sewing machines are like cats, they all have their idiosyncrasies. You will quickly learn all the kinks and quirks of your sewing machine by getting out there and doing the projects that speak to your heart. Whether you're adding t-shirt labels to your newest project, creating a project from some Instagram inspiration, trying a new technique for tailoring trousers, or anything in between, using your machine and treating it well is what caring for your sewing machine is all about.