Brief note: I announced on Thursday that we’d be hosting a Crafty Meet-Up at the Whipstitch shop in Atlanta on June 29. Turns out that’s the Friday before July 4–who knew? Lots of you let us know that you’ll be out of town that weekend and were bummed you wouldn’t be able to make it–so we’ve made the decision to COMBINE the Crafty Meet-Up with our Skirting the Issue Sew-In on July 14. Which means the June 29 event has been re-scheduled. Just FYI–plan something else for June 29 for yourself, then mark your calendar to join us at the shop July 14, instead, and watch the newsletter for more details. Thanks, y’all!
I hate to break it to you, but I can very nearly guarantee that you aren’t taking care of your sewing machine the way you should. I’m not picking on you–most of us aren’t, if we’re being honest. The good news is that it’s super easy and not even time consuming to take really good care of your sewing machine, and it will make your machine last longer and sew better. That’s right: simple maintenance will help your sewing machine do better work that you’re more satisfied with. If that’s not instant gratification, I don’t know what is.
All this week, I’m posting about maintaining and cleaning our sewing machines, and I’ve got a little something for everyone: cleaning a machine with a bobbin case (commonly called a “front-load” machine); cleaning a machine with a top-loading bobbin; cleaning a serger; when and how to schedule professional maintenance on your sewing machine; and how to reduce those service visits with some simple tips. I’m super excited, mostly because this motivated me to get some cleaning done and that’s never a bad thing.
Today, basic cleaning of a front-loading sewing machine, with a bobbin case. You’ll want some simple supplies on hand: a stiff-bristled brush, sewing machine oil, perhaps a can of compressed air, a screw driver for removing any screws that attach your throat plate to your machine arm, and some scraps of clean, soft muslin. Check out the video for step-by-step and plenty of patter.