If you’re not sure what pieces you can take out of the machine or how to put them back – consult your owners manual, still not sure contact a professional!
When I teach sewing 101 the first thing I go over is the tools of the trade. Then we go over the parts of a sewing machine and end the class with showing them how to clean a sewing machine. It is the number one thing you can do to keep your sewing machine running smoothly. Keeping it clean will prolong the life of your machine and help ensure your projects come out nice. Lent is an unavoidable part of sewing. The more you sew, the more lint settles into your machine, use cheap thread and fabric and you will create even more. A little regular cleaning will keep your machine running smoothly. And a clean machine is also a quiet machine. Not only will regular maintenance help your machine to run better, it can also save you money in major repairs.
How often you clean your machine depends on how often you use it. Viking recommends cleaning a machine after at least every 15-20 hours of use. But more often is fine. Take a peek inside the bobbin case. If you see lint beginning to accumulate, it’s time to do some maintenance.
Any time you experience trouble with your machine, check to see that it is threaded correctly, change the needle and then try cleaning it. Quite a few problems are caused by mis-threading, bad needles and an accumulation of dust, lint or thread bits accumulating on the working parts of the machine.
Change Your Needle: It’s important to remember how much work your needle does. It goes up and down through the fabric at an incredibly fast speed. Needles are thin and a lot of stress is put on them. A bent or dull needle can result in skipped stitches, broken or looped threads, runs or pulls in your fabric or worst of all, damage to your machine.
In this video, you’ll learn how to thoroughly clean your sewing machine. If you are unable to view the embedded video, click here to watch >>Cleaning Your Sewing machine << on YouTube.
- Screw Driver
- Small Lint Brush
- Vacuum cleaner attachment kit
- Owners manual
A Note On Canned Air: “Compressed” or “canned” air is actually fluorocarbon gases that are compressed into liquids. These gases are ozone safe but are potential greenhouse gases. I DO NOT suggest using it for several reasons but the biggest is because most service centers say not to! When you use can air you are pushing lent and thread particles further into the machine not to mention all around you. Secondly because it does leave a residue and moisture behind. Why not just blow with your own breath? For the same reasons. Your breath contains moisture also and will eventually cause erosion damage to your machine.
Oiling: I don’t recommend oiling your machine. Viking machines do not require oiling and I believe that this step is best left to the professionals. Actually, I recommend getting your friend a yearly check up. That’s right, sometimes they need a little preventive medicine to keep things in working order. I view it the same way I do my truck, a little preventive maintenance and TLC will prevent larger problems down the road.
Professional Service: A good service person adjusts tension and timing during regular service, as well as cleaning areas of the machine that you cannot reach without taking the machine completely apart. Pay special attention to your warranty and owners manual. Do not remove parts that are not listed in the owners manual. Do not fiddle with parts you are unsure about, this can void your warranty.
Do you have any other tips regarding good machine cleaning habits?