Cleaning Brush used for cleaning small sewing machine parts

The Do’s & Don’ts of Cleaning Your Sewing Machine

In addition to regular professional tune-ups every 12-18 months, you should be cleaning out and caring for your serger and sewing machine at home after every 8-10 hours of sewing. You should clean it more often if you’ve been sewing fuzzy fabrics, towels, or wool. The following is a quick guide to cleaning your sewing machine.

What you’ll need:

  • A variety of cleaning brushes
  • Micro-fiber cleaning cloth
  • Tweezers
  • Sewing machine oil
  • Sewing machine manual
  • Any additional items according to your manual




  • Read the manual – get to know your machine before taking it apart.
  • Brush out your sewing machine after every few uses. 
  • Oil the machine as instructed in your manual.
  • Only take apart small areas at a time.
  • Wipe down the outside of the machine with a damp cloth after every few uses.
  • Cover when not in use.
  • After you are finished, sew on a piece of scrap fabric to be sure everything is working properly.


  • Don’t use canned air or blow into your machine. Small particles of moisture are blown out and can damage your machine.
  • Don’t oil the machine if not instructed to.
  • Don’t over oil. 
  • Don’t clean when your machine is plugged in.

Cleaning Brush used for cleaning small sewing machine parts