Cleaning and Maintaining Your Sewing Machine

November 9, 2006

Seamstress Threading Sewing MachineThis tip pertains to cleaning your sewing machine. Remember those horrible stiff brushes that come with your machine when you buy it. Well as far as I'm concerned, you can set them aside. I discovered quite by accident that one of those soft blush brushes does the trick much better. It gets the lint out of your bobbin area beautifully. It also works on a serger, in all those nooks and crannies! Let me know what you think. I'd be curious as to how many convert over to my way of thinking. LOL!


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April 22, 2014

My DH gave me a little thingy which has a beer bottle opener on one end and the other end looks very much like a bent screw driver. That is the end I use for the flathead screws on my Brother Project Runway. I never use the screwdriver that came with it.

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December 13, 2006

Over time, particles of dust, pieces of thread and other debris can buildup inside your sewing machine and cause it to run poorly.

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February 11, 2005

Use canned air to clean out your machine instead of blowing lint and fuzz because your breath contains moisture and is not good for the machine. By wiseinhimmer

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June 27, 2010

I have Kenmore sewing machine model 1217. As I was cleaning the entire machine, taking pieces apart and putting back together, I ran into some trouble on the tension parts. I unscrewed the front screw too much and most of the pieces popped off. Now I need help getting them back together in the correct order. Can anyone help? A diagram would be of great help. Thanks.

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