I'm starting this month off by cleaning my main sewing machine, my Singer 127 treadle. If I have a chance I might take apart the treadle base later, but for now I'm just giving the machine a check up and tidy.
Please keep in mind, the process to clean an active vintage sewing machine is a little bit different (and a lot easier) than cleaning one that has been in an attic for most of the century.
I'll walk you through my process for cleaning. Different people do things differently and there is slight variation between machines, but generally any pre 1948 machine follows the same basic process. Actually, it will work with most pre 1990 machines, but it's always good to check the manual before tampering with the newer machines.
Things you need to clean your vintage sewing machine
- cotton swabs
- good sewing machine oil
- flat head screwdriver
- a used sewing machine needle
- paper towel
- sewing machine