It doesn’t matter how good your sewing machine is, if you don’t know how to clean it properly, the machine will fail to serve you in the best possible way. You will be facing issues like noise and slow function frequently that are irritating and time-killing. Finding the sewing machines’ cleanliness such important, today, we will be showing you how to clean janome sewing machine methodically. (We have attached a full tutorial video on it end of the article)
If you have been a Janome user, you must end up learning the entire method. This will enable you to experience a noticeable difference in your machine’s performance.
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How to clean Janome sewing machine?
Cleaning of your Janome machine won’t be that much easy and quick. Remember that you will have to disassemble the machine parts in order, remove dirt and lubricate those consciously and reassemble the parts in order. Don’t panic because we will be introducing you to every task very simply but in detail for better understanding.
Tools required to clean a sewing machine
For cleaning your Janome sewing machine effectively, you will be in need of the following tools:
- Lint brush
- Liquid cleaner for bobbin holder
- Soft rag pieces
- A piece of needle
Understand the machine
You must have heard that popular saying of Abraham Lincoln “If I had nine hours to cut down a tree, I would spend six hours sharpening my axe”. That’s to say before you jump to any task, it is a must to be well up of it before.
So, before you start cleaning your machine you must go through the machine manual. In the manual, you will encounter the machine parts with a detail of each one’s function. Try to understand the parts, their texture inside.
This will give you a clear idea regarding how to handle the parts for disassembling. You will be informed which part is lenient and which one isn’t. Hence, you can feel where to put pressure and where to not.
Disassemble the parts
As you are done with the user manual, it’s time to disassemble the parts. But, before you start the task, make sure that you have switched off the machine engine. For being oversure, simply plug off the engine.
Now, start removing the parts following the instructions you have read in the manual. However, first of all, release needle. Then, keep removing the following parts consecutively: presser foot, bobbin, needle plate and bobbin case.
Brush off the dirt
At the beginning of brushing, you should put focus on the bobbin area because this is normally the dirtiest part of any machine. Use the lint brush to brush off the dirt assembled around the area.
In case, you can manage a vacuum cleaner, use the cleaner to clean the inner parts. In this case, you must be more careful. Make sure that the cleaner’s nozzle is at least 4” away from the machine. You should also be careful that you air the dirt away from the machine, not inside.
Why to keep the cleaner’s nozzle 4” away? Otherwise, the air moisture may cause further damage to the machine metal.
Here, another important matter is that you may find the race area of the machine to be extremely dirty. Keep in mind that this section is highly complex, so before you try to disassemble the section following the manual’s instructions, be sure that you can literally deal with it mentally. Otherwise, call an expert cleaner.
Once you have brushed off the dirt, take the liquid cleaner. Wet the lint brush with the liquid and rub the brush all over the disassembled parts.
Lubricate the moving parts
Before you move to this section, make sure that your machine actually requires lubrication. Because there are many modern sewing machines those don’t require lubrication. To learn the fact, you can re-check your machine manual.
If your machine needs lubrication, for lubrication you should use the oil that is manufactured for this purpose only. Avoid using any other type of oil like vegetable or olive or coconut.This will cause much harm to the moving parts may not be today but tomorrow definitely.
After applying the oil everywhere equally, absorb the excess oil using the soft rag piece. Otherwise, the excess oil will pervade into the inner part gradually and cause unexpected harm.
Reassemble the parts
So, have you completed each of the sections discussed above? Well, now, it’s time you reassembled the disassembled parts. For reassembling, follow the order by which you disassembled. Keep the exterior cover disassembled.
Test the performance
Don’t end the cleaning process before checking the machine’s performance. Simply plug it into electricity, switch on the engine and observe the performance. Be careful in checking how the assembled parts move and how the rotating parts are rotating. Is there any noise? Are you sure about that?
If you find the functioning of the machine to be normal or expected, attach its exterior cover.
Clean the exterior side
At the end of the entire process, you should clean the exterior parts of the machine. Take a clean wet rag and rub it all over the parts. After that take a liquid absorbable dry rag piece and rub the piece all over the exterior parts.
- When the machine is in the offseason, that’s to say, you aren’t using it, keep it covered. The cover won’t let the dirt particles be assembled inside and outside the machine.
- Be careful while brushing away the dust. Dust mustn’t go inside the machine.
- Make sure that no excess oil or water is left.
- Your rag pieces must be clean and highly liquid absorbable while the oil must be of sewing machine standard.
There will be no argument regarding the performance of Janome sewing machine. It’s actually has been a name of trust to millions of fashionistas. But, if you don’t know how to clean janome sewing machine methodically, the machine may fail to show off its magic. You may also like to read: How to Thread a Janome Sewing Machine