I have to say, I love my sewing machine, but it’s not something I use constantly, so there are times when I have to store it away simply because I don’t have unlimited space in my craft studio.
However, I want the best way to store my sewing machine so that when I come to use it again I know that it is going to be up and running again quickly, and that it’s not going to have any annoying little faults because I didn’t take the time to store it safely.
So how do you store a sewing machine so it doesn’t get damaged? Give it a good clean to get rid of all the lint that has gathered around the needle, foot and bobbin casing. Then wipe the outer casing with mild detergent and a soft cloth, making sure to dry it thoroughly, oil it, and put it in a protective cover such as a sewing machine case or wrapping it in towels.
Cleaning Your Sewing Machine Before Storing It
Cleaning your sewing machine should be done on a regular basis, and it really doesn’t take very long at all, so I have made it a habit of making sure I clean it at the end of every day when I’m using it constantly for any period of time, even if I’m going to be using it the next day.
When I know I’m going to put it back into its storage place, I do spend a bit longer with the cleaning process.
Remove the thread from the top and take the bobbin out from the casing… remove any parts that you are confident about putting back together again after you have cleaned it.
Use a little soft paint brush to gently clean away any dust or lint (there may be one in with your sewing machine accessories )
If you have a little blower, like the ones used for cleaning keyboards, you could use it to blow any parts you can’t get to with the brush.
Wipe the outside of your sewing machine down with some mild detergent on a damp cloth, and then make sure it’s completely dried.
Oil Your Sewing Machine
This is quite possibly the most important step, as you really don’t want any of the metal parts rusting. It’s very quick and easy, you simply put a few drops of oil in all the moving parts.
It is very important that you use the right type of oil which is specifically made for sewing machines… You may have some that came with your sewing machine, but if not, it’s quite inexpensive to buy… The one I use is the Singer sewing machine oil.
After you have cleaned and oiled your sewing machine, place a small piece of fabric under the pressure foot, lower the foot and make sure the needle is in the down position. Doing this will prevent it moving around or getting snagged on anything which could cause damage to your machine.
Sewing Machine Case
You will need something to cover your sewing machine to protect it from knocks and dust… I find the best way is to get a case/bag for it.
I have to say, I think my sewing machine bag has been one of my best purchases… Not only does it keep my machine protected, but I can store all my sewing machine accessories in it too, which means I don’t have to go hunting for bobbins, feet or needles because everything is together. Plus, it’s purple, pretty and has lots of pockets… That’s a definite winner in my book!
If you haven’t got a case, you could wrap it in soft cloths or towels.
This is the case I have, and it’s proved to be exactly what I needed because mine was purely for storing at home and moving into my craft studio. I sew just because I enjoy sewing and I don’t ever have to take my machine out and about, but if you need yours more for ‘on the go’ then there some great options that will make it easier to travel with your sewing machine… Including some with wheels on.
Where To Store A Sewing Machine
Storing a Sewing Machine In A Storage Locker
If you are moving house and need to put your machine into a storage locker, do make sure it is temperature controlled, as you don’t want it to get damp and rust, or get overly hot in the storage unit. I would also take an extra precaution and put it into a lidded plastic box to prevent anything falling onto it and damaging it.
Storing A Sewing Machine At Home
When you’re storing your sewing machine at home, try to keep it in the main part of the house where the temperature is more controlled. I would advise not to store it in the attic where it could get too hot, or in a basement where it could get damp.
It’s not a good idea to store your machine in a shed, again because the temperature is not so regulated.
If possible, in the bottom of a wardrobe is typically an ideal place for your sewing machine.
Can A Sewing Machine Be Stored On Its Side?
There are some circumstances where you may need to have your sewing machine on its side… Perhaps it will only fit in the box you have to store it in on its side, or maybe you have a small cupboard for it.
It should be perfectly fine to store your machine on its side in these type of circumstances. However, if you’re planning on travelling with it on its side, then just be aware that the bobbin casing may move around and it is possible for it to get damaged, it is only a slight chance, but you may want to take some precautions to prevent it by packing the bobbin area particularly carefully.