Basic tips for sewing machine maintenance

The sewing machine has moving parts and connected parts that need maintenance and servicing. It is important that the machine is maintained in good condition so that these parts are not damaged. Remember you spent money to purchase it and you need to take care of it in your daily activities. Well, sewing machine maintenance can extend the service life of the machine. Here are some tips that are proven to help maintain your machine serve longer.

Cover your sewing machine.

Dust from the outside of your room may get to the machine and clog the machine fully. When dusty combines with the oil and forms sticky solid on the sewing machine parts. Covering the sewing machine with a dustproof materials helps maintain it. Covering the machine also protects it from the moisture that may be accidentally dropped on the sewing machine.

Remove lint.

While sewing some parts of the fabric, or the linen separate from the surface of the cloth and get into the machinery. This forms dirt inside the machine and if not cleaned they might make the machine work impairing. Use compressed air to remove the lint build up after a project. To reduce the high rate of lint build-up make use of high-quality threads and new threads.

To remove lint with compressed air make sure that the air is moisture free and that you keep the nozzle away from the machine. Keep like 4 inches away. 

Replace needles regularly

Needles get worn out and need constant replacement because if not replaced they may give poor service. Might have areas that are not sew because of the worn needle. It is recommended that you change needles every 8 hours or after each project. Needles that are blunt might even cause damage to either the machine or the fabric. Needles also need to be changed when the different fabric is used. A thick fabric requires a larger need so that it does not break. If you use a small needle on a thick fabric, you are betting your machine. Regular replacement of the needles makes the machine work effectively because you do not waste threads by damages, repeating unsewn areas or damaging the fabrics being sewed. 

Oil the machine

There are joints and other metallic parts that move against each other in a sewing machine. To reduce wear and tear use grease and oil on these parts. Oil helps maintain the parts of the machine against rusting because the parts move smoothly against each other. Drop sewing oil on the bobbin case to fabricate the sewing machine. But before dropping the sewing oil ensure the machine is clean around that area so that some dirt does not flow with oil into the critical parts of the machine.

Though sewing oil is clean and clear, it is advisable you run stitches over a scrap fabric to remove the extra oil. The best guide when applying oil to the sewing machine is the manual. Always rely on it. Oiling the machine keeps off rusting and protects it from damages that may be caused by moisture.

Wipe the machine after use

Cleanliness for a sewing machine is a very important aspect. Actually, most sewing machine maintenance tips aim at the core goal; making the sewing machine clean. After every project considers wiping the top of the machine, and the bobbin area using a rag to remove lint build-up, pieces of fabric and threads and dust. But make sure that the machine is unplugged before you start cleaning up. Use a clean dry rag to wipe the machine parts. 

Annual servicing

Just like a car, generators, and engine sewing machines needs replacement of worn-out parts and tighten loose joints. Therefore there is a high need to take the machine to a technician so that he checks it and looks at weaknesses. During servicing some thorough cleanup of the dust and any dirt that could not be removed over the course can be removed at this time. The technician gets each part apart and cleans the dirt which you could remove over the entire period. You may consider buying new screws, nuts and new foot presser thread for the machine. Make sure that the machine parts are well-aligned strongly fixed together.

Give great care of the bobbin area.

Bobbin area is a sensitive area of the sewing machine and if well maintained it will extend the service life of your machine.

There are two types of bobbin metallic and plastic. When used well they give long service. They need to be replaced and they should be winded and loaded correctly.  Clean your bobbin regularly using a brush and a tweezer. Follow the manual instructions and open the machine bobbin case and work on its inside parts. Apply oil as guided in the manual and make sure the machine is well taken care of.  Using a nylon brush will enable you to remove the lint because lint sticks on the brush and you are able to remove it. However, take care so that you don’t push the lint further into the machine rather than clean it. Remove the bobbin and the bobbin case, needle, throat plate, and presser foot before doing this. While removing them, for some you can use screwdriver because they have tiny screws and others just pop up. Make sure you take care of the machine parts when you remove them. 


Sewing machines give us a great deal of service that we cannot get with any other machine. If you use your sewing machine daily, you definitely know how much it means for you. You must have developed a mutual attachment to your machine and you love using it. Do all you can to preserve it and maintain it so that you make use of it for a longer time? The sewing machine maintenance tips above will help you achieve the best results when using your machine and be able to use it even longer. On the other hand, ignorance will make the machine damaged and unable to serve you any longer.

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