If you sew on a regular basis, or even occasionally, you can appreciate the value of having your machine running smoothly. Proper maintenance is crucial to your machine's health, and routine cleaning with a periodic oiling will keep your machine happy and humming along.
Every machine is different, therefore you must refer to your owner's manual for specific instructions. f for some reason you don't have a manual, you can usually google search for a copy of one. For illustration purposes I'm going to show you how I cleaned my machine. Please don't take anything on your machine apart unless you know what you're doing! (That, dear ones, is my disclaimer. You dismantle your sewing machine at your own risk.)
How often do you need to clean and oil your machine? I think you should clean it fairly often to prevent lint from building up. Oiling should be done less frequently. On my Bernina, a little oil can indicator comes on my screen every 180,000 stitches, so I would say that if you do a lot of sewing, every month or two should be sufficient.
How to Clean and Oil a Bernina Aurora 440QE
Use a small, soft brush to remove the lint from the stitch plate area. Some of it will fall down into the bobbin area; we'll get that in a minute. Use your microfiber cloth to gently wipe off the inside of the stitch plate, and pop it back into place.
Remove the hook. Clean it off with the dry cloth. At this point, I also dusted a wee bit of lint from the black hook race cover. Replace the hook and close the hook race cover. Be sure the locking pin engages with a soft click. (You'll feel it more than you will hear it.) Turn the handwheel to ensure everything is in place.
The manual says to run your machine a bit without thread to prevent oil from soiling your fabric; I prefer to thread my machine and stitch for a few minutes on scrap fabric. If there's any oil residue, it will be worked out pretty quickly.
Don't forget to enter this week's giveaway of a Kona Cotton Color Card (maybe two if enough people comment). I think I made this one a little too complicated. You don't have to do much. Just comment on the giveaway post and you're entered! Earn extra entries if you wish, but they are optional.
Happy and smooth sewing!