Spring Sewing Machine Cleaning for Quilters

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Spring Sewing Machine Cleaning for Quilters
Hi I’m Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Today we’re going to talk about Spring cleaning your sewing machine.
I am not a professional. Let me just state that right up front, but I have learned a few things over the years that helped get me by, and helped me clean out my sewing machine, and keep it running.
I’ll notice on my machine that periodically the feed dogs will stop picking up fabric as it’s pulling through, and I know then that it’s time.

So what you’re going to need for this is you’re going to need some kind of little brush. I’ve even used a toothbrush. You know I’m one of those make do kind of girls. So, I’ve got a little brush here and I’ve got a screwdriver, you’re going to need a screwdriver.

So the first thing you’re going to do is unplug your sewing machine to make sure that there’s no electricity. We don’t want that needle coming up and down and any little accidents happening. Then I always take out my needle.

A lot of people change there needles with every project. Again, I’m one of those girls who, I just use it till it dies. I seriously just keep going and going. So, that’s just me but, I always take my needle out when I spring clean and change it then. That’s a good time to do that.

Then I take my foot off right here. Mine has a little button right here at the back where you can just push and release this foot, because you want to be able to get to all the areas of your machine. I open this sleeve up right here, and some of you won’t have a sleeve but you’ll see right here inside my machine, right here look at this, I’ve already got a thread here that I need to take out. Then I’m going to use my brush and I’m going to clean up some of the dust and stuff off of here. I will not be talking about any kind of oiling and the reason is that every machine is different on that and you should really refer to your owners manual because a lot of the newer machines you don’t even need to oil them. So, that totally depends on your machine. Alright, now what I’m going to do is I’m going to take my bobbin out. Lift it right out here, and I can already see there’s some treasures in there and so then I’m going to come right here. There’s a screw right here on this faceplate and I’m going to unscrew that and you’ve got to have the little side door open to unscrew it. So, there’s just one screw on these and that makes them really easy to get to, and let me see if I can get that there with my fingers. There, sometimes getting a screwdriver with a short enough handle can be a challenge.

OK, now what I’m going to do is I’m going to take my screwdriver and I’m going to pop it in under this plate and I’m just gonna lift this up. Oh my goodness, can you see what’s in here? Look, I have all this dust on the side and in between my little feed dogs right there. There’s all kinds of stuff in there. Holy smokes. Alright we’re going to have a little treasure pile here for sure. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to use my screwdriver first to get, just pick out some of these things. I’m going to use the flat blade part of it to slide in between these teeth because that’s what keeps my fabric from going through my machine nicely. I sew so much I’m probably, maybe eight to ten hours a day on a sewing machine. So the lint collects in my sewing machine really quickly.

Now is where this little brush comes in handy. I just poke it down in here to gather out the, it has these tough bristles so it will collect the dust on it. I’m just going to keep brushing away here until it gets all clean in there.

There are different theories on using the canned air. Some people say don’t do it. So you just have to be careful with that. Apparently, it has some moisture in it that can cause problems for your machines. So, I just generally use a brush. It’s just easiest that way.

Alright I’m going to have to get my screw driver to move this little blob over here, I’ve got a blob in here. *Woohoo* look at that! That is a good one!

Alright so you’re just going to want to keep at this until your machine gets nice and clean. This will save you some money because it’s the main thing they do when they take it in is they’ll get all these little dust bunnies out of your machine.

Then you’re just going to clean it off. I tend to use a nice soft cloth and wipe my whole machine down. Make sure it’s all cleaned off and then I’m just going to assemble it back together. Which means that I’m going to put this plate, make sure the bottom of it is also cleaned off. Look there’s some things can go in there and we’ll just set that back on there. There’s really only one way to put it on, and then you have your one screw that goes on, like that.

You’ll reinsert a new needle and you’ve done your spring cleaning on your sewing machine We hope you enjoyed this quick tip from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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  • Katforever18

    Jenny,  I just wanted to let you know that you can by screw driver’s called stubby’s or stub screw driver’s, they’re real short, at the Hardwear Store and they’re actually pretty cheap. It makes it easy to get up in your machine around your needle. Thanks for all of your tutorials, they have helped me alot and given me the courage to try things that I was scared to death to do. I have watched other tutorials from other sewers but yours are so enjoyable and I’m always looking to see if you have any new ones. Thank you for all of your help over the years and keep laughing and Please keep the tutorials coming. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you that are mom’s!!

  • KyKwiltz

    I love these tutorials!  What is that gorgeous quilt behind Jenny in this spring cleaning tutorial?  Is there a video that shows how to make it?  Thanks to everyone at MSQC for their excellent customer service!

  • Annie

    Hi Jenny, 
    When I clean  my machine, I also take the bobbin casing out as there is lots of lint under it also.  My machine is a Janome and it comes out very easily.  Thanks for all the wonderful tutorials you have.  I have used them many times.

    • Anonymous

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      It is true and everyones bobbin is different and they are not all so easy as the Janome….so I opted not to go there! Thanks for the help! Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888) 571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Arlene

    I also learned that by using a sponge-type eye shadow device, you can get into those tight places and the sponge collects the lint.  Also I keep a make up brush by my machine for those quick, lint cleaning.

  • Amcall70

    You have to take out the bobbin casing too. That’s always got fuzzies under it .

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on May 24 @ 3:35am (UTC):

      Yes it is true. But everyones bobbin is so different and not all as easy as mine. So I decided not to go there!
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888) 571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Nitro

    Thanks Jenny!  You always seem to know just what I am wondering about 🙂

  • Lorna Conrad

    I ordered the little screw driver to open my machine, and OMG the bunny’s came a runnin out.  Thanks so much for all the great advice and instruction you give and most of all my machine thanks you.  Hope the store opening is going well, looks fabulous.  And as always looking forward to more video.   Take care Girls, your the bestest……

    • Sarah

      Thank you!! You are too sweet!!  🙂  Have a great week!

  • Tommy

    Jenny, I love you!  I’m a newbie so your tutorials are very helpful, and you are always upbeat!  I wish I lived near your store.  You make me feel like sewing.  Thank you!

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Jun 17 @ 5:26pm (UTC):

      Dear Tommy, You are so sweet! Thank you for your kind words….I will do my best to keep inspiring you!
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888) 571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Darlene

     I just cleaned my machine – WOW!!  Faster sewing already!!  THANKS for the inspiration!

    • Sarah

      amazing what a good cleaning can do!!  🙂  Glad to know it helped!

  • Jacquie

    Where can I find the tutorial to make the quilt pattern hanging on the wall behind you doing the
    Spring Sewing Machine Cleaning for Quilters? Thanks

    • Wendy

      I am pretty sure that is the Summer on the park block that Matalie
      Did a tutorial on (page 9 of the tutorials).
      I’ve started one and it’s fairly simple.

    • Sarah

      That quilt is called summer in the park!  Here is a link to the tutorial: 
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5WgTyqB8Pc

  • Lftside39

    I love your tutorials!!
    Question for you – is that a summer in the park quilt behind you in this tutorial??

    • Sarah

      Sure is!!  Good eye!  Have a great day!

  • Another nice tutorial. Thanks!

    A tip about the screwdriver — if you don’t feel like going into the toolbox to find a stubby screwdriver, the side of a bobbin or a coin can both work to get the screw started. After that, it’s easy to unscrew with your fingers.

    • Sarah

      Great tip!  Thanks!

  • Sidesaddles

    Thank You. Watched this and then cleaned my machine. YUCK. Did not realize how much lint builds up around dogfeed.

    • Sarah

      Amazing, isn’t it!!  So glad the video helped!!

  • Crafthappy2004

    Q tips work great to get the dust bunnies out

    • Natalie

      Great idea, thanks!

  • Jenny from Missouri Star is about the best teacher I have come across for tutorials.  She explains everything well and is full of such enthusiasm – wish I lived nearby, I would most likely be at Missouri Star at least once a week, if not more.   I was always afraid to try the Irish Chain until I viewed the tute she gave and it’s really so easy.  Thanks Jenny, keep up the great work and your happy smile.   Lynda Kacicz, Ocala, Fl.

    • Natalie

      Thank you so much Lynda! 

  • Christina Flowers

    I have to give a chuckle about the screw drivers, I hate using a screwdriver to open my face plate however I live in Canada and our $1 coin the Loonie fits perfectly in the screw and is the perfect size for easy removal of the screw! I keep one handy in my hard sewing machine box all the time. I also have a hard time keeping any of the typical sewing machine brushes for any length of time, either through misadventure or damage or the sock stealing kobolds that live in my basement so I started using paint brushes, I get the set of 5 from our local dollarama, they are multicolored and work extremely well. The smallest one will even fit in the threading grooves (No I don’t jab it in there just a soft swipe :D) Worth having on hand definitely!

    • JackieMSQC

      Hey, whatever works..that’s great!!! Probably quite inexpensive as well. Thanks for the tip!!!

  • cathiscz

    This was very helpful. Also, my Sears Kenmore machine, a relic from the 80’s, has a trap door that can be removed from the bottom of the machine. This made it easy to get to dust and greasy clumps that had accumulated.

  • Sharon

    I really enjoyed this tutorial and I love this website….Thank You

  • Still shopping for my first sewing machine, and knowing right off how to clean your machine so it lasts longer is invaluable. With all of the sewing that you do, how long does your sewing machines last you, Jenny?

    • Jenny

      My Janome is 15 years old. The cheap sewing machines I wear out in about 90 days, but the good ones last for years….

  • mirt

    why do you not remove the bobbin case. I always have dust underneath