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May 05, 2014

How to Care for Your Sewing Machine

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

sewing-machine-mld110973-011.jpg 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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