Whether you use your sewing machine for your business or your hobby, you know how important it is to take good care of it. Good regular maintenance is a vital part of protecting your investment.
Regularly maintenance includes cleaning and adding sewing machine oil as needed to prevent wear and damage to your machine and keep it running efficiently. Whatever type of machine you or your business uses, proper oiling and cleaning will keep your machine in top condition for years to come.
Read below to learn more about our sewing machine oil and cleaning tools...
Your sewing machine has multiple moving parts that rub up against each other, generating heat and friction on each surface. Without regular oiling, these parts start scraping, and then they could start rusting, affecting the machine’s performance. Eventually, the motor seizes up and stops working, leading to expensive repairs.
Regularly adding sewing machine oil cuts down on friction, allowing parts to move smoothly and quietly, preventing rust. A little oil goes a long way in keeping your machine running smoothly and stitching as it’s designed.
A general rule is to oil your machine after 8 hours of use.
If you’re sewing daily, you may need to oil once a week or more. If you only sew once a week, monthly may suffice. If you’re only sewing once a month or so, a quarterly oiling may be all you need.
Your owner’s manual will have a guideline on oiling your machine and indicate whether it’s already been pre-lubricated and whether or not it should be oiled except at a repair shop.
Start with your owner’s manual, which will describe the procedure for oiling the machine. You may need to remove the machine’s cover, throat plate, bobbin assembly, or other parts. Many machines have “oiling points,” small holes where you’ll add just a drop of oil in each space. Both industrial and domestic machines may have these oiling points.
Make sure to remove any dust, stray threads, and lint buildup before you start.
Moving parts benefit from a touch of sewing machine oil—but not too much. Adding machine oil a drop in each place is ideal, to avoid an overload that will drip down onto your projects. Just add a bit of oil here and there to provide a protective shield in between moving metal parts.
If you have an industrial sewing machine with an oil pan, such as a Juki 8700, the oil’s delivery system is a cotton wick underneath that absorbs the oil in the pan and transfers it into the machine. For a machine that’s used for many hours on a daily basis, it’s vital to check this oil daily to both refill it and to check the consistency. Clear oil is fresh; any oil with any kind of color will need to be changed.
Always use a sewing machine oil suitable for your machine. Your owner’s manual will tell you if you need a specific type.
GoldStar Tool offers:
WARNING: always use a product intended for sewing machines. Kitchen oils, WD40, and other lubricants will not work. These oils will gum up your machine’s insides and eventually ruin the machine entirely. Use oil that is made specifically for sewing machines.
If you’re not sure, contact your machine’s manufacturer, dealer, or contact us.
Are you having trouble removing dust, lint, and stuck threads in your sewing machine? In addition to oils, we also carry sewing machine cleaning tools to help you clear out debris:
Along with proper oiling, these tools will help you keep your machines in great working condition for many years.
A brush can remove lint and dust in the bobbin area and throughout the threading area. Unfortunately, lint and dust also travel throughout your machine and stick to places that are more difficult to access.
Wouldn’t it be great to blow everything out of your machine at once? Now you can.
Our Portable Electric Air Blower has a powerful fan that takes care of all the lint, dust, and loose thread pieces that may be stuck inside your machine or bobbin area quickly and efficiently.
To prevent particles from going further into your machine, angle the blower so that everything blows out and away from the machine, not into it.
You can also use this handy blower to clear off computer keyboards and other small surfaces where dust collects.
In addition to oils and tools to keep your machine running in optimal condition, we also carry other helpful products for your home or shop:
Fabric and other stores may carry a few supplies, but we have the sewing machine oil you need, including synthetic. We also offer cleaning tools and supplies to make sure your machines run well, and your business is always clean and tidy.
Need help with a product we carry? Give us a call at 1-800-868-4419, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us online. We can answer all your questions and make sure you have the right oil, tools, and supplies for your machines.