Handy Tools For Cleaning Your Sewing Machine

Sewing machine needle and thread

Regular cleaning is a terrific method to keep your sewing machine functioning at its best. Although you should always leave repairs and servicing to the professionals, there are a few things you can do to ensure the components of your machine are clear and free from lint buildup. Keeping your sewing machine clean is good practice to avoid breakdowns or costly repairs.

Read on to find out the best tools for cleaning your machine at home.

Clean Cloth

Before you begin cleaning the mechanical components of your sewing machine, wipe over the outside with a cloth. Ensure you are using a dry cloth to gently dust away any dirt or loose threads. You can also use this cloth to clean the plastic insides of the compartments. When doing so, it’s important to be careful to avoid getting the cloth stuck in the machinery.

Small Paintbrush

A small paintbrush can be used as an effective substitute if your sewing machine did not come with a cleaning brush. This can be used to help remove any dust, fabric or lint from within the compartments of your machine. You can also use it to clean around the needle. It’s important to be light-handed and as delicate as possible. If you’re too rigorous, you may risk causing damage. 

Oil Dropper Bottle

Many sewing machines require oiling every 5-10 days of use. However, sewing machine oil frequently comes in poor-quality bottles that can leave your machine in a greasy mess. For this reason, it may be worth purchasing your own dropper bottle to make sure the oil is better distributed. Simply decant the oil into your new container for improved dispersal.


It’s likely you’ll need to use a screwdriver to open your sewing machine’s needle plate. Please ensure you remove the needle before unscrewing the needle plate. Otherwise, you may harm your hands. Remember to always be gentle when removing the screws, and lift the needle plate away slowly to avoid causing damage. Once the needle plate is off, you can use your brush or small paintbrush to dust away any lint buildup. You can also dust underneath the bobbin if it is simple to remove.

If you do not have a screwdriver to hand, do not attempt to open the needle plate with a hair-clip, knife or other substitute.

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