How Do You Clean a Treadle Sewing Machine?


Quick Answer

Restore your treadle sewing machine by thoroughly cleaning the interior and exterior. You need a slightly moistened cloth, a dry paintbrush, tweezers, a screwdriver, a dry cloth, a rag, lubricating oil and kerosene oil.

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  1. Open up the sewing machine

    Open up the sewing machine by removing the panels. The panels on most treadle sewing machines are metal plates that need to be unscrewed. It you can't unscrew the plates, turn the machine upside down to access the interior.

  2. Clean the interior

    Cover the screwdriver with a cloth, and clean the hard to reach places. Use the tweezers to remove any threads or fibers stuck inside. Place a little kerosene oil on a dry cloth, and use this to clean the gears.

  3. Clean the exterior

    Use a slightly moistened cloth to wipe down the exterior of the sewing machine. Remove all dust and grime. Use a dry paintbrush to clean the bobbin, needle plate and bobbin case. Use tweezers to remove any threads that are caught in the needle plate.

  4. Lubricate the parts

    After cleaning the exterior, use lubricating oil on the moving parts. Use a little oil at a time until the machine runs smoothly. Wipe away any excess oil with a rag.

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