one of the major causes of poor performance in your sewing machine can be summed up in one word… LINT! ..those micro dust bunnies can reek all sorts of havoc.. uneven stitches, poor tension, thread breaks, and a clunky, noisy machine.. a little sewing machine TLC goes a long way toward the longevity of your sewing machine, and your happiness!
i used to be intimidated at the thought of taking apart my machine, but don’t fret, take it slow, it’s much easier than you think. in fact take a quick photo of your bobbin casing prior to removing it, that way you’ll know exactly which way it goes back in.
lint build up happens quickly, in fact i suggest you clean out your bobbin casing, feed dog, etc. at the end of each project, especially if you’re a quilter, that way your machines ready for your next project.
care + maintenance.
to clean the exterior of your machine, use a clean soft microfiber cloth. to clean the bobbin casing, race, feed dog, etc., follow the simple steps below..
*note: the steps below are shown on a baby lock melody. your machine may look different or have a front loading bobbin, the basic steps are similar. refer to your machines manual for additional information. if you do not have a user manual, a quick google search should provide you with one.
- power off your machine.
- remove the presser foot and needle.
- remove the bobbin cover and bobbin.
- slide the gray plastic needle plate cover towards you, lift gently and remove.
- use the disc-shaped screwdriver that came with your machine to remove the metal needle plate.
- remove the bobbin case.. and now we get a real look inside.. EEK!
- i use a somewhat unconventional tool to clean out my bobbin case and race and it’s not that flimsy teeny, tiny bristle brush that comes standard with every sewing machine. i use a good quality dome shaped makeup brush [only used for this purpose], it’s the perfect tool for the job.
- have a paper towel ready to wipe the lint onto.
- i remove the lint from the feed dog, under the needle plate, the bobbin casing, etc.
- once i’ve removed all the lint i use my dyson attachment to remove any loose particles i’ve missed. i’m actually going to purchase a micro vacuum attachment set to make the process much easier to get into the small areas.
- DO NOT use compressed air, compressed air will simply blow lint and particles deeper into your machine causing more issues.
- if your machine requires oiling, now is the time. refer to your user manual for the steps to properly oil your machine. the baby lock melody does not require oiling.
- put your machine back together, making sure to align your bobbin case properly.
but wait, there’s more.
- depending on use, you should have your machine serviced every 1-2 years by a professional. the average cost of a service is approximately $90, depending on your area.
- after cleaning, i rethread my machine and replace the needle, now you’re ready to go!