A Clean Machine.

Due to the bathroom renovations which have now spread to the spare bedroom being decorated, why just do the bathroom when you can do two rooms and have complete chaos?, I have been unable to do any sewing this week. I decided to use this as a good opportunity to clean my sewing machine.

Don’t you just love the table Mr C made?


I have a brother LS14 (purchased from Hobbycraft) which I’ve had for about 2 years, maybe 18 months. I can’t remember exactly when I got it. It wasn’t that long ago but I’ve had it since i started making clothes and have been using it a lot.
The machine previous to this was also a brother and I’ve got to say they are great. Touch wood (tapping head) I’ve never had any problems with them. Their helpline was brilliant when I needed to ask a question, I had trouble with the tension but it was the cheap thread I was using not the machine causing the problem. I’ve only had the basic machines but it’s all I’ve needed, however I am considering upgrading. Any recommendations on a new machine?

Always read the manual.


Before attempting to clean out all the lint I checked the manual and online to see what brother suggested.
It seemed simple and easy to do. So here’s what I did:
Take a before photo, because you always need photographs of everything you do.



Turn off power, remove foot and needle.

Give the foot a clean and put it somewhere safe.

Unscrew needle plate and remove.

Don’t loose the screws.

Remove bobbin case.

Oh my god I wasn’t expecting it to be that bad!

Brush out all the lint and take an after photo.

That’s better.

Replace bobbin case, needle plate, needle, I put in a brand new one, and foot.

Sparkly clean.

Ta dah super shiny lint free machine. Oh and check it works!
When reading the manual, brother state that cleaning is essential. This only took about 15 minutes, including taking all the photographs. I’m definitely going to try and get into the habit of doing this at the beginning of every month.
If this has inspired you to clean your sewing machine please don’t just follow my instructions and check the manual for your machine. It’s definitely worth doing and very satisfying seeing all the lint that comes out!

Before and After.

When was the last time you cleaned your sewing machine? Do you a have any cleaning tips?

Tag me in your sparkly sewing machine pictures on Instagram @sewinthegarden.

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