Alright, fess up. How many of you regularly clean or even dust your sewing machine? I don’t! I feel regular twinges of guilt as I notice the specks of fluff caught in the grease around the needle holder or the layer of dust on top of my Bernina. I hardly ever use my dust cover.
By contrast, I am fairly efficient at changing the blade in my rotary cutter. Oh, the delight of a fresh blade, slicing through fabric like a knife through butter! Why don’t I lavish the same love and care on the most expensive item in my sewing coterie? This is my beauty when it arrived to much excitement back in August 2010:
My Bernina has been everything I ever hoped it would be, though I have tragically failed to master or even use the walking foot. I have broken the needle threader but am not too concerned about that. I find a lick of the finger and a squint of the eye gets a needle threaded just fine. But I love this machine. I should take better care of it.
I’m at that stage where Spring sunshine reveals the full horror of the pit of grime I’ve spent all winter living through. Who knew I was such a slattern?
Humour me. Do you take care of your sewing machine and, if so, do you have any tips to share?