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How to Care for Your Sewing Machine

Regular upkeep should keep your machine in tip-top shape. 

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

Store your sewing machine under a dust cover at room temperature in a dry place. Use only new, high-quality thread to reduce interior lint buildup, and regularly unplug the machine and dust inside the bobbin case with a soft cosmetic brush. Lubricate the bobbin case with drops of sewing-machine oil; check your manual for instructions beforehand, says Becky Hanson of Singer Sewing Company. Then run a piece of fabric scrap through the machine to remove residual oil.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2014

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