Oiling and cleaning a sewing machine are some of the important tasks to do after big projects so as to give your sewing machine a life line. Though one might thing is an easy task, it takes time to get used to this process. But before that you will have to consult you user manual regularly. Before you can even think of oiling you sewing machine it’s advisable to have the following tools: – a lint/soft brush, a can of compressed air and sewing machine oil which is accredited by the manufacturers as some sewing machine oils may have a damaging effect on your sewing machine. The following are the steps you take when oiling you sewing machine.
– Acquire the best sewing machine oil for your machine from local sewing machine shop. Also consult your manual to know the best type of oil for your sewing machine.
– Make sure you unplug the machine from the power source to prevent any accident during the oiling process.
– Make sure you clean and clear the area where you will do the oiling of your machine.
– At this stage remove the foot and the needle by unscrewing them and put them away safely.
– Follow your instructional manual and remove the throat plate on your sewing machine. Remove it by using the throat plate lever and if your model is held by screws, then unscrew them using a screw driver.
– Use tweezers and a lint brush to remove any lint and dust from the feeding dogs and then use the compressed air to blow out any remaining debris, this process helps to avert any clogging which could have occurred on your sewing machine.
– Again consult your manual on the oiling spots and apply tiny drops of oil on those spots. Wipe any oil that may have over spilled.
– Distribute the oil evenly by turning the hand wheel several times.
– Replace any removed screws and put back the foot plate carefully. Make sure that foot plate lever returns to its downward position.
– Put back the needle and foot into their respective position.
– Finally take a piece of an old rug or a piece of a fabric and sew it for a minute so as to absorb any excess oil. At this stage it is not important to use a thread.
Your machine is now oiled and gearing to encounter any other project. Finally store it in a dry place.