Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Cleaning your serger
One of my favorite pics. Just wanted to share it.
There are so many different opinions of how to remove the lint or fabric fibers from the inside of your serger.
Way back when I had my first serger someone told me NEVER blow into the machine with canned air. They said it actually forced the fibers into the machine and eventually into the motor. That scared me and stuck with me forever. Professional maintenance people know how to use the canned air to remove the stuff.
So, I usually vacuum out the fibers with an attachment for my vacuum cleaner. Or I use a small piece of polar fleece or lint brush (designed for the serger) to get the junk out of there.
I clean my serger after every project! Depending on how often the serger is used I apply oil as needed and where the manual indicates the points or places it should be oiled. (Some sergers do not need to be oiled, so check your manual.)
Keeping the serger clean and oiled is essential for superior performance and longevity.
Another place that needs attention is the tension disks. As a suggestion, take a piece of white cotton fabric and dip it in rubbing alcohol and then fold in half and floss the individual disks. This will remove any fibers, threads snips, pet hairs (including bird feathers) from the disks. When something gets into the disks this can affect the tension settings.
Hope these hints are helpful.
Have a great week!