Preparing your sewing machine for storage is a simple but often overlooked task. By following these tips, you can be sure that your machine is ready to sew when you remove it from storage.
Clean Your Machine
Blow off all excess lint from your machine, paying particular attention to the needle bar area and bobbin case area. Use a soft lint brush to clean problem areas. Wipe down the outside of the machine with a mild cleanser, but make sure it is completely dry before storing.
Oil Your Machine
Bring your machine to operating temperature by sewing on a scrap piece of fabric. Using your manual, oil your machine at all oiling points with high grade white sewing machine oil containing no paraffin. After oiling, place a scrap piece of fabric under the presser foot.
Cover Your Machine
If have a case, place the machine in it. If your machine is in a cabinet, wrap a towel or piece of soft fabric around the head and lower it into the cabinet. Otherwise cover the machine with a towel or large piece of fabric.
Place Your Machine In Storage
If possible store your machine in a temperature controlled environment. Outside storage in a shed or garage is unacceptable. Extreme temperature changes will produce condensation, which will rust your machine. The ideal storage area would be in a closet inside your home. Place your machine where nothing will fall on it or bump into it.
By following the tips listed above, you can be sure that your sewing machine will be ready for you to use without any problems.