Purchasing a sewing machine can be a wonderful investment. As with all tools, it is wise to learn about sewing machine cleaning. Whether you sew daily or once a month, we have valuable suggestions on where and how to remove the lint and threads that can be hiding near the bobbin area of your machine.
Join Ashley Hough, our knowledgeable quilter, as she provides the basics you need on how to clean sewing machine parts. This includes how to clean bobbin case areas. The anatomy of a sewing machine can vary from brand to brand, but the concept remains the same. Dust and lint build-up around the tension disks, feed dogs, and the bobbin case can create issues with balanced tension and proper stitch creation—all things we as quilters and crafters would rather avoid. There are times when qualified technicians need to do sewing machine cleaning, but in between those deep cleanings, we can do much to keep them working smoothly.
Ashley introduces you to a few simple, inexpensive tools that can be used to remove dust and lint clusters. She demonstrates how to maintain sewing machine areas that are exposed to excessive lint and are places we can successfully clean ourselves. The first thing she demonstrates is cleaning tension discs. As thread is guided through the discs at high speeds, dust is produced that can build up and cause issues with even stitch production. This “flossing” of the discs can easily remove tiny threads and excess lint.
Next, we walk you through how to clean bobbin case areas. This process can be intimidating, but becomes a necessary part of maintaining your sewing machine. A lint-free, clean bobbin case is the goal. As you remove the bobbin cover, bobbin, and throat plate to reveal the lower working of your machine you will encounter dust that clings to the working parts of the bobbin area. Gently remove all lint and thread pieces. The bobbin case can also be removed to reveal any lint that builds up in the shuttle area. Care should always be taken to lift lint out of the machine. Using compressed air can drive lint deeper into the machine, causing more issues.
After cleaning, replace all parts in the order removed. Cleaning between projects can extend the life of your machine.