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Beginner’s Guide to Serging (Ep 13): Routine Maintenance

written by Sarah

Just like a sewing machine, your serger needs to be cleaned and oiled regularly. Remove all lint after each use and oil according to your manual. You don’t need any fancy tools. A simply lint brush or paint brush and sewing machine oil will do the trick. Do not use household oil or grease. Use only sewing machine oil.

In addition to routine cleaning and oiling, most manufactures recommend servicing your machine every 6 months to 1 year. Even the best serger will need occasional timing adjustments and replacement parts. Having a professional assess your machine will ensure it’s preforming at it’s best.

Not sure where to take your machine? Try your local Sew and Vac store. These stores usually have on-site technicians whom regularly service a variety of makes and models. If you have any questions about serger maintenance, be sure to leave us a comment or give us a call. We’re happy to help!

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Bonnie Baxter February 7, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Need to know how to change knives on 14SH654 Machine the knife holder on the top is hitting the cover. What is Wrong?

Sarah February 13, 2017 at 9:20 am

Hi, Bonnie! We have a video showing how to replace serger knives here: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/blog/change-serger-knives/
I hope that helps!

Benita October 22, 2016 at 6:11 pm

Thank you so much I needed to know how to clean mind machine that’s my next job thank you again

Benita October 22, 2016 at 6:10 pm

I have the serger that’s pictured here and I never can get my seams tight and I don’t know what I need to do my seams are always loose and I have to use a straight Stitch to make the seams tight is that normal

Sarah October 22, 2016 at 6:42 pm

That is not normal. Is your thread flossed all the way in between the tension discs?

Carrie Cunningham October 19, 2016 at 1:05 pm

Love it! I’m sharing this with my FB Sewing group…Endless Sewing with Carrie

Sarah October 21, 2016 at 9:02 am

Thank you for sharing, Carrie!


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