Tune-Up on Twenty: Sewing Maintenance, Giveaway!

It’s time for your Tune-Up on Twenty. On the 20th of each month, we remind you to take care of your sewing maintenance. Here’s a short checklist.

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1. Gently clean the lint/dirt/debris from all areas of your machine as instructed in the owner’s manual. Oil the machine according to the instructions.

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2. Put in a new sewing machine needle and throw the old one away.

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3. Change the blade in your rotary cutter and throw the old one away safely.

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Now you’re set. You’re Tuned-Up on Twenty! If you completed these tasks, leave a comment by midnight Sunday, March 24 and let us know. We’ll pick a winner the week of March 25 and send them a little bundle of quilty fun.

Congratulations to the winner, kwiltnkats (comment #23)!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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68 Responses to Tune-Up on Twenty: Sewing Maintenance, Giveaway!

  1. Donna Amos says:

    Thanks for the reminder. Seems like time slips by so quickly. I’m up to date on my tasks. I do resharpen my blades and keep one to cut paper.

  2. Sophie says:

    I did them all!

  3. Sandy Garrett says:

    I love this reminder. We all sometimes forget to do these simple things to make our sewing/quilting experience the best it can be. Done, done and done. Thank you.

  4. DebbieKL says:

    I sharpened my blades and did the rest – lots of fuzz!

  5. Carmen says:

    Since I’ve barely used my machine needle or rotary blades in the last month, I didn’t do those, but I did clean up the lint/dust.

  6. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    Thanks for the reminder; otherwise I would never remember! LOL!

  7. Melody Lutz says:

    Got it all done on the 20th…decided to start a new quilt….been buried in it since-obviously you inspired me~Thanks!

  8. Evelyn Geene says:

    Thanks. I needed that. Now I need to buy new blades (ouch, they are so pricey) and probably new needles too.

  9. Ali M says:

    Finally did it (and its not like it was an overwhelming list, so shame on me for procrastinating!) I’m going to sit down and come up with a sharps disposal system that keeps me from avoiding these tasks!

  10. Cynthia Helms says:

    Thanks for keeping us on the straight and narrow with our machines. What would we do without them?!

  11. Julie A.B. says:

    Awesome,quick and clean! I love Tune-Up on Twenty! thank -you for the chance to win a little bundle of quilty fun.

  12. Cindy A. says:

    Thanks for the reminder! I wondered why my machine was making a funny sound. Changing the needle took care of that sound. I’m setting an alarm on my phone so I won’t forget next month.

  13. Doris Camp says:

    Dusted,Oiled, Changed and Sharpened ready for the Mystery Challenge Fabric from Connecting Threads!

  14. Lisa Marie says:

    Got all these things done yesterday. I try to do them regularly since I sew a lot, but a reminder always helps. Thanks!

  15. Karrie Smith says:

    Thanks for the reminder, and everything is done!!!

  16. Rita says:

    I’ve done all my tune-up jobs! Will be starting out fresh for spring!

  17. Emily C says:

    I’ve taken care of the maintenance as per your instructions. Great feature, love it!

  18. Jan Kinshella says:

    I have been very good to my machine. Just got it back from the shop where I had them oil everything and a tuneup just like my car. I keep a large employ pill bottle of my husbands in my sewing room where I put my used needles and cutters. I even made my sisters clean there bobbin area and change there needles when we quilting last week. We had been working on flannel and you know how bad that is.

  19. Jennifer says:

    Good timing! I usually do these tasks as I finish each project – I just finished putting on a quilt binding and was going onto hand stitching it down when I read the post. Went and did those things before I went any further. Thanks for the reminder!

  20. Eleanor says:

    I’ve completed cleaning my two machines and marked my calendar for the 20th of each month. It’s just like watering the orchids every Sunday — it becomes habit.

  21. Vivian says:

    Done, done and done! Thanks for the reminder.

  22. barbara says:

    Im all done. What a great idea to remind everyone do the maintence and upkeep on their machines babscorbitt@gmail.com

  23. Joanne Harris says:

    Done, done and done. Nice to have the reminder. Once that new blade is in I always wonder why I didn’t change it up sooner and the machine just hums when it is nicely cleaned. Thanks for the reminder. Joanne

  24. Pam S says:

    We got snowed in this week so it was a good time to take care of these tasks. If I can’t get out of the driveway at least I can enjoy the sewing room. Thanks for the maintenance tips!

  25. Dianne says:

    Thanks for the reminder. All done! What a difference a new blade makes – I didn’t realise how dull it had become.

  26. Annaleena says:

    Thanks for reminder. I have done everything.

  27. MoeWest says:

    Done! This is a great way to remember regular maintenance.

  28. Jackie Roisler says:

    Yes, I’ve always cleaned up regularly. Thanks for reminding me though.
    I do have a question though, my owners manual does not say where to oil my machine. I have an Elna, with a detailed manual, but ziltch on the oil part. Suggestions?

  29. Deb says:

    Yes, yes, yes. I’m game for maintaining my machine if it gets me a bundle! :) Done!

  30. Lisa Gale says:

    Thanks for the reminder. Have completed all maintenance and am ready to go!!

  31. Julie says:

    Terrific idea! Tune up Twenty will help me remember to change my needle which I’m awful at and to sharpen my blades. I clean my machine every bobbin change

  32. Doris B says:

    Thank you,
    I have done all.
    What a great service it didn’t take long for the month to fly by

  33. jmniffer says:

    Thanks for the reminder! I’ve cleaned my lint and changed out my needles and blades. I’m ready to go for another month.

  34. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the tune up reminders. Our equipment works so much better when we take the time to maintain it. Just finished my updates and safe disposal of the sharp things too. ~~Lisa

  35. I love the catchy reminder of Tune Up Twenty! My machine and cutter are all set for another month of fun. Thanks!

  36. Kathy Lancaster says:

    All done! Thanks for the reminder.

  37. Rachelle says:

    Already done, I clean and oil my machine between projects and the rotary cutter hasn’t been used much since it was last changed so it’s fine.

  38. Sally says:

    Great reminders, and they really improve the quality of quiltmaking.

  39. Christine M says:

    Thanks for the reminder. I’ll be at my machine later today so will attend to it!

  40. Judy P says:

    Thanks for the reminders, especially changing the needle since I don’t usually do that. I will do it this afternoon when I get home.

  41. Karen W. says:

    Thanks for the reminder! Everything is in tip-top shape now. Thanks for your great blog and wonderful magazine.

  42. Annie K says:

    Done and done, thanks for reminding about the oiling…I always seem to put that off for “next time.” Not a good habit!

  43. Linda S. says:

    Thank you for the reminder. I don’t always remember to change my needle. (sheepish grin).

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  45. Barb J says:

    I just changed the blade in my rotary cutter last week! (patting self on back). I do have an old needle in my machine, but I am sewing on fleece right now, so I will pitch it when I’m done and put in a nice new one for my next patchwork project. As for oil – I can’t find anything in my owner’s manual that talks about oil. I have looked, I really have! My next step is to go to the manufacturer’s website to see if I can find out if/where/when to oil my machine.

  46. kwiltnkats says:

    All set! Did mine earlier this week along with purchasing several neutral spools of thread and prewinding four bobbins of each of the neutral threads. Should last me for a couple of projects at least. We should have a day set aside every month to tackle into manageable pieces our usually overflowing scrap bins. Whether you practice the Bonnie Hunter way or not; not doing it regularly creates a nightmare… Sandi

  47. donna says:

    Those new needles and blades make a big difference. Thanks for the reminder.

  48. Karen says:

    What a great reminder. I’ve cleaned both machines and replaced my blade. All ready to sew this weekend. Thanks.

  49. uli says:

    Yes, I do it after every project.
    Thanks for qour inspiration.

  50. mrsmoore says:

    I’ve done all the tasks–and refilled bobbins, too!

  51. Sheryl Andrews says:

    Every new project gets a thorough delinting of my faithful Janome, a new needle, and a sharp rotary blade to slice through all that untouched fabric, plus my machine gets a slurp of oil to keep it humming through however many seams are necessary.

  52. Mary Ann says:

    Cleaned and oiled machine, and changed needles and rotary blade. Ready for a 2 day sewing retreat!

  53. Lee Ann L. says:

    I am still gradually unpacking the sewing stuff. Soon. Lord willing! soon!

  54. Marie M says:

    Thanks for the reminder! I’ve done my maintenance.

  55. Sunnybec says:

    I did mine yesterday, except throw the blade away, I haven’t used it much this month and when it needs changing I save it for using on paper. Linda

  56. Moneik says:

    I’ve got a clean machine and I’m ready to get sewing!

  57. Done and Done. I clean out the lint almost each time I quilt, but I often forget to change the needle and the rotary blade. Thanks for the reminder ;)

  58. DianeH says:

    Tasks completed last weekend. It’s time to start a new project with a happy clean machine.

  59. Robyn Brown says:

    I do this often.

  60. Oh! I just did all those things YESTERDAY! I am a good little sewist.

  61. Becky Greene says:

    Love this! I am up-to-date on the maintenance – thanks for the chance to win!

  62. Deb G. in VA says:

    Done! Thanks for the reminder!

  63. Bernie S says:

    I’ve done all the tasks this month–I’ve been sewing a lot, so I’ve cleaned the lint from the machine 8 or 10 times since Jan 20. I’m on my 3rd needle too.

  64. Joyce Mitchell says:

    I’ve taken care of everything. Except I have a rotary blade sharpener so I’m not ready to throw that (safely) away yet. Thanks.

  65. Lynn D in NC says:

    I’ve done all these steps too. I also don’t throw my blades away, I sharpen them but when I can no longer get a good edge on them, I use them for paper cutting, it makes gift wrapping so much faster.

  66. Melissa says:

    I have been keeping up on my maintenance! De-linting after each bobbin, frequent needle changes… And I even put a new blade on the rotary cutter. It’s time to schedule my machine’s annual checkup, too!

  67. Sue says:

    I like your reminder and have done this today, however I don’t throw my blades away, I sharpen them and then reuse them. I make sure they have been sharpened evenly and they work great.

  68. Anita says:

    I have done all the requested tasks this month. Have a nice vernal equinox!

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