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.

 Tune Up on Twenty: Sewing Maintenance, Giveaway!

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 Wednesday, May 22 and let us know. We’ll pick a winner and send them a little bundle of quilty fun. The winner is Janet who left comment #79. She has been notified. Thanks to everyone who left a comment and got all tuned up!

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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168 Responses to Tune-Up on Twenty: Sewing Maintenance, Giveaway!

  1. Nancyanne says:

    Just the little push I needed! Done!

  2. Terri says:

    I’m good about cleaning the lint from my machine. I probably don’t change the needle often enough… Hadn’t ever thought of making this a triple-play! Only seem to change the rotary cutter blade when I find it “skipping”….and when I’m pushing harder and harder… Thanks for the great idea to take care of everything at the same time.

  3. Lin says:

    Finished! Thanks for a great reminder!!

  4. Lori Nelson says:

    I always do regular maintenance!

  5. char.untangled@gmail.com says:

    OK…all tuned up and ready for some serious sewing!

  6. Betsy Bucsanyi says:

    I do this each time a start a new project! All is good in my sewing room! Thank you for the reminder!

  7. Lauren Sorrell says:

    done, done, and done. Now for some sewing

  8. Leah says:

    Done, and new blades put on my shopping list…

  9. Sharon Guidera says:

    I just did it last week! I’m not much of a “cleaner,” but there is something so satisfying about starting a new project with everything in good order!

  10. Cathy Koester says:

    I usually change my needle for each new project. But I will clean my machine.

  11. Debbie says:

    Done. Thanks from me and my machine for the reminder.

  12. Loretta T says:

    Mine gets done on a weekly schedule.

  13. Kathleen H says:

    Thanks for the reminders to maintain the tools besides cleaning up my work space today!

  14. Rob Kepka says:

    Thanks for the checklist. I do not sew regularly and I always do maintenance before each project. I look forward to next month’s reminder.

  15. Carol Vickers says:

    Thanks for the reminder. I’m all ready to quilt now!

  16. Great reminders! I try to remember to clean the machine & change the needle in between projects; I just changed my rotary cutter blade a couple of weeks ago, but I’ll use this reminder to add new blades to my shopping list. That was my last one, at least for the 45 mm cutter.

  17. Anne Johnson says:

    Completed the maintenance on my machine. Thanks for the monthly reminder. It really helps in keeping my machine maintained.

  18. Val says:

    Always have my tools ready to quilt!

  19. Sharon P says:

    I always tune up my machine – thanks for the reminders!

  20. Gunda says:

    Machine cleaned – check
    machine oiled – check
    needle changed – check
    cutter blade changed – check
    set up a reminder in my phone – check
    do this giveaway – priceless

  21. Pauline Baita says:

    Thank you for the reminder. I need to do mine.
    Have a good day!!

  22. Janet Frank says:

    All done…as a matter of fact, I do this regularly. By doing this, I only have to take my machine for it’s annual cleaning, instead of for problems. The rotary cutter blade gets changed with each new king size project.

  23. Rina Mason says:

    I’m a day ahead, I did all that yesterday!

  24. Teri Beamer says:

    Done. I will also put a reminder on my phone.

  25. Irene Bowie says:

    Thanks for the reminder. I sometimes forget to change those things that are so important. Now all is like new again!

  26. joellen says:

    just did all of that while making prayer quilt for a friends daughter. haven’t sewn in a while. now i am ready to get going on all the projects that need finishing. thanks for the reminder. will mark this on my calendar from now on.

  27. Sandy Gray says:

    Great reminder. I just did mine last week!

  28. Christi says:

    Thank you so much for these suggestions. I am a newbie and need all the tips I can get. I will be doing this today, and am making a plan to do this every month on the 15th. Haha, the 15th will make it easier for me to remember.

  29. Carol says:

    Thank you for the reminders. I will need to do this when I get home from work.

  30. melva nolan says:

    I spend lots of time sewing so I change my needle a little more often, but that reminder is great. Thanks

  31. Valerie A. Clark says:

    Thanks for the reminder!

  32. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    Thanks for the reminder!

  33. Jean Halloran says:

    I really did and am glad. Going to circle that date on my calendar for future reminders. Thanks. You always think you will do it, but it’s – oh, sew just one more thing and pretty soon things get icky or dull. Whatever. Thanks again.

  34. Tami Chaulk says:

    Thanks for the reminder! Going to take my mother-in-law to lunch, so I’ll remind her as well. She doesn’t do computers!

  35. Carri says:

    Thanks for the reminder, I love the tune-up on 20! A great way to keep from forgetting!!

  36. Linda Dutcher says:

    1 machine down, 2 more to go. I’ll get it done, thanks for the reminder. Tune-Up on Twenty is a good way to help us remember to take care of our tools.

  37. MarciaW says:

    Mission completed May 20th

  38. MargaretQuilts says:

    Done – all done

  39. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Taken care of. Thanks for the reminder & thanks for the giveaway.

  40. Michele says:

    done, done and done! I also cleaned off my cutting table!

  41. Pam says:

    Almost done! I have to get a new rotary blade tomorrow. Thanks for the incentive!

  42. Cathryn H says:

    Done! It was in need and so was I. Have a quilt I need to put the binding on this week and the needle on my machine was not ready for it.

  43. Martha says:

    Done and done…

  44. Karen says:

    Done, done, and done. What a great reminder to keep my machines running well.

  45. Deanna says:

    I do need to change a needle. Thanks for the reminder. It makes the machine sew so much better to give it a little love.

  46. Maureen Flax says:

    I cleaned my machine, changed needle, oiled and all that last night when I finished sewing. I will change the rotary blade when I go down to sew tonight. It is definitely time for changing the blade. I do machine maintenance more often than the 20th, but thanks for the reminder each month anyway.

  47. jmniffer says:

    Perfect timing! I finished a quilt yesterday and cleaned my machine and replaced the needle today when getting ready for the next project. Changing my rotary blade was a snap. Now I am ready for another month.

  48. Deb Praus says:

    Every Friday….it’s done! I am OCD about this, keeps my machine repairs few and my down time next to nothing. Love the reminder though….Thanks!

  49. Vivian says:

    Done, done and done thanks for the reminder.

  50. cynthia says:

    Just a tip for that used rotary blade–I always have rolls of blue painter tape at my sewing table and I wrap the used blade in that tape for safe disposal.

  51. Sheryl F. says:

    Thanks for the reminder.

  52. Julie A.B. says:

    Thank-you for the reminder! All set and ready to go!

  53. Judy W says:

    I did everything — quick and painless! Thanks for the reminder!
    Judy W

  54. robin says:

    Did it! Thanks!

  55. Tamsyn says:

    Thank you for the reminder. The days slip by quickly and before you know it a month has gone by.

  56. Carmen says:

    I didn’t bother since I didn’t get any sewing done last month. Does this still count?

  57. donna says:

    I know my cutters need new blades and now I must do it!

  58. Barbara Waldrip says:

    This is a great reminder of when to change the needle. I’m heading off to do it now.

  59. Sally says:

    I was so surprised to see an icon of an oil can on the display of my new sewing machine – but happy that it had already been cleaned & oiled at least 3 times before it appeared! Thanks for the chance.

  60. Barb Johnson says:

    I haven’t done enough cutting or sewing in the last month to justify either a new needle or a new rotary cutter blade :< There are too many other things going on in my life right now. I'm actually hoping for a rainy weekend so that I can't do any yard and garden work!

  61. LizaA says:

    Completed!! Thanks for the reminder.

  62. Susan Lee says:

    Thanks for the reminder. My husband just moved his office to the house at the beginning of May. My sewing machine has been working overtime!!

  63. Linda Erickson says:

    Yes, Mother, I did my tasks!

  64. Helen Benallick says:

    I have just that nasty needle, wish I would d it more often. The blade is now changed, wish I would do that more often toooooo.

  65. Mom C says:

    Did that last week. Finished binding a quilt, cleaned up the machine and changed the needle. Haven’t replaced the blade yet but I will before I start cutting my next quilt! Thanks.

  66. Auntie Clark says:

    Thanks for the reminder.

  67. Gari says:

    Cleaning my embroidery machine has been on my to do list for over a week. However, yesterday I opened her up and cleaned a “ton” of lint out as well as a few stray threads. I didn’t change the needle but that’s a good idea so that will be done this morning. And my rotary blade was changed last week so I guess I am almost good to go.

  68. Dell says:

    Done. Thanks for the reminder.

  69. Nancy A says:

    Thanks for the reminder and the giveaway!

  70. Robbin says:

    Thanks for the reminder, done, done and done.

  71. Sandra Timmons says:

    Yes, it’s that time again to take care of your sewing machine. It just needs maintenance, just like we do. Thanks for the reminder. No and, if or but involved. Just do it.

    Sandi Timmons

  72. DianeH says:

    Blade already done last week. After too many projects the lint is now gone and a new needle is in. Thanks for the reminders.

  73. Melissa says:

    Done :) And I even took my machine in for a professional tune up on Saturday!

  74. Diane says:

    Great reminder to get those things done. I use a pipe cleaner to get lint out between the feed dogs. Works great!

  75. Tammy L says:

    Done all but the rotary cutter balde . Because I just changed both of them out last week.

  76. Lisa Marie says:

    I completed a couple projects over the weekend and did these maintenance things then. When I’m in the middle of a project it’s hard to make myself stop for these tasks because I just want to keep sewing! They are important though, thanks for the reminder.

  77. What a nice reminder of things that need to be done. It makes our sewing much better! Thanks and done!

  78. Mary Val says:

    I may have to make it Tune up on 19, since that’s the day I give the dogs their heartworm Rx, lol! Make it a general maintenance day.

  79. Pat in Washington says:

    What a great idea! Done and done and done!

  80. Thanks for the reminder – great little ditty – “tune up on twenty” easy to remember and do. Already too much to do on the first or last of the month LOL. Thanks.

  81. Ali M says:

    Done! And this has been so much help, I’ve been changing my sewing machine needle more than once a month… and I have on order a box of 100 quilting needles so I never have the excuse that I don’t have more!

  82. Felicia Hamlin says:

    I just did that this week. I try to remember to do that more often.

  83. usairdoll says:

    Oh just in time! Tomorrow is our sewing group and I have lots to get done. Thank you for getting me ready for a day of sewing. My machine and rotary cutter thank you as well.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


  84. Pat Anderson says:

    I am feeling so smart! Just did all these things and sure does make things easier. I tend to forget how important that new blade is! I am very good about changing out needles and oiling though! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  85. Karrie Smith says:

    All Done!

  86. Stephanie A says:

    How convenient…I JUST did all this last night!

  87. Linda says:


  88. SoozeM says:

    All done, except for the rotary cutter blade, I did that a few days ago after I ran over an escaped pin *sigh*.

  89. Debbie Rhodes says:

    Did that and a little more… thanks for reminding me.. great idea..

  90. Check, check and check! I am cleaned and ready to roll! So much I need/want to sew! Thanks for the reminder.

  91. I actually did all that since I started a baby quilt for my soon to be grandson. I wanted to make sure everything was running smoothly and it did until I went to do the quilting, then the machine broke, lol. I am one of the lucky people who got the creative vision and have to have things fixed as they break;)


  92. DebrafromMD says:

    I just came back from a week long quilting retreat in Ocean City. I did the tune-up on my travel sewing machine and changed my rotary blade before storing everything away.

  93. Jocelyn says:

    Okay, I’m up to doing a tune up!! Can’t do the blade though, no replacements :-( Thanks for the reminder and heads up!

  94. Mary Kastner says:

    I really am quite good at these tasks. I do them regularly and it makes such a difference. Don’t ask about the rest of MySpace. It is a gigantic mess all the time.


  95. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    I’m out of town and have been for over a week, but will do this when I return home this weekend! PROMISE!

  96. Laura Riley says:

    I am unable to clean my machine, change the needle, or change the blade on my rotary cutter. I at my daughter’s house in Nebraska helping out with the grand-children. I have a newborn grandson that will be a month old on Wednesday. I didn’t take my sewing machine, rotary cutter and mats along with me. I did take along three quilts that needed finishing up with the binding. I’ve been able to get the binding on one quilt finished and am about half way on the second quilt. I guess I am spending too much time playing with my three year old grand-daughter. :) Although I did do all three tasks about a week before I came down here so should be good to go when I return home the end of the week.

  97. Sharon says:

    I actually did all this over the weekend – after wrapping up a couple of large projects. And the workspace got cleaned too.

  98. Donna says:

    Done. Thanks for keeping my on a schedule. Happy quilting.

  99. LeeAnn says:

    OK, I’ll do it. I need a good excuse to do these things, and my rotary blade is getting dull anyway (should have been changed last week!). I always try to eek out the last bit of usefulness out it! Thanks for the prodding!!!

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