Sewing 101: Cleaning Your Machine

My sewing machine wasn’t exhibiting any performance issues, but I did notice a tiny bit of lint peeking up through the feed dog plate. Usually, where there’s smoke, there’s fire!

There’s more to cleaning then just brushing out the bobbin case so I normally remove the feed dog plate with a handy-dandy piece of US currency. Even the squattiest screwdrivers sometimes can’t do the trick. 🙂

One of my favorite cleaning tools is an old makeup brush that came as a freebie in a Loreal makeup kit. A little wiping with the brush found some dust bunnies right off the bat.

Look at ALL that dust and loose threads that were hiding in there! WOW!

A great way to clean the feed dogs is to use an old fashioned pipe cleaner.

I have a happy, happy clean bobbin case housing!

To put the bobbin case back in, be sure to align the little arrow on the bobbin case with a dot or other marker on the housing. I circled the dot on the bobbin case to match with the marker on the housing. If you do this and you’re not sure, take a photo with your phone before pulling anything out.

When was the last time you cleaned your machine? Hmmm? There’s no time better than the present!

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Sewing nerd who is absolutely determined to perfect this insanely fun hobby.

5 Responses

  1. Cindy coates says:

    Thanks Becky for the reminder. I have a quattro2 machine. Watching your vlogs has taught me more than the dealer.

  2. Thanks, that is great!❤️❤️❤️

  3. Cheri Hernandez says:

    Thanks for the idea of using a penny. I have a Destiny 2 and find the included screw driver awkward to use. I use brushes, pipe cleaners too and finish up with a micro mini vacuum set that fits my particular Dyson vacuum cleaner – it really gets in there.

  4. justelly1 says:

    Hmmm, I cleaned my maschine 2 month ago. The tip with making pictures sounds good 😋

  5. meari says:

    I clean my bobbin area often. I like to use soft artist paintbrush and a micro vacuum attachment. Keeps things running smoothly!

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