I know I have covered this before but it bears repeating. Cleaning More Than Just Your House if you want to check out the original post from February of this year.
A few weeks ago on Qubee Quilts Fan page I asked when was the last time your machine was cleaned and I was shocked in the answers I got. A couple of people told me May. One told me, you mean I need to clean my machine?
I'm here to tell you that you do need to clean your machine and it' something that you need to be doing every 4 to 6 hours of sewing. I can't stress this enough. I clean my bobbin area after every bobbin change because my machine is so easy to clean. Even cleaning my machine that often I still see lint and fuzz. It comes from your project and thread. I wish everything we worked on was lint free, but they are not, therefore we have to clean our machines. When you buy a car you gets its oil changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Why don't we clean our sewing machines? That lint is not good for your machine. What do you think would happen to yourself if you found all that lint inside your body? Think about it. That is what is happening to your machine!
On my machine there is no oil that is needed. Please check your owners manual to see if this is true on your machine.
To clean the bobbin area on my machine I just remove the presser foot and slide off the bobbin cover. Then remover the stitch plate, bobbin case holder (thread cutter) and bobbin case. Now I just clean with the lint brush then replace the bobbin case and bobbin case holder. This takes me about 3 minutes tops.
Depending on how much sewing you do on your machine you need to take your machine into your dealer and let them professionally clean your machine at least once a year. Every six months if you sew a lot.
DON’T use compressed air, it simply blows the dirt deeper into the machine. This can cause future problems or premature wear of hard-to-reach parts.
DO use vacuum attachments for small-scale cleaning
I found these two pictures from the internet and wanted to show you what lint looks like in your machine. If I had that much lint in me I would never stitch right. Lets hope that none of you have machines that are this bad.
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Until next time,