Sergers and overlock machines can collect quite a bit of dust and lint in their inner workings primarily because they cut the edge of the fabric as part of the seaming process.
As a result, they can get temperamental and turn your creative, fun sewing time into a nightmare as you try to figure out why your overlock is not working properly, seams are not turning out right, edges are not being cut clean, the thread keeps breaking.
A rule of thumb to be followed with any overlocker like the Juki MO-114D is to keep it clean.
Periodic cleaning using the following easy steps is the best way to prevent problems with your machine or correct them when things aren’t going well!
1. Gather Your Supplies;
Cleaning sergers & overlocks is pretty easy to do and requires only a few supplies:
- Lint Brush - To brush away lint and threads from the inner workings of the machine.
- Tweezers - To remove those threads and lint that you can’t get out with the brush.
- Screwdriver - To remove machine parts for better cleaning results within the machine.
- Microfiber Cloth - To wipe things down and help remove the dust.
- Machine Oil - To lubricate the machine; however use only the specific oil recommended by your machine manufacturer.
2. Cleaning and Maintenance
With your cleaning supplies gathered, unplug your Juki MO-114D and clean it following to these easy steps:&
- Remove the Stitch Plate - Using the screwdriver, remove the stitch plate and access to the inner parts of the machine, then clean the plate with the microfiber cloth and set it along with the screws you removed aside.
- Clean Under the Stitch Plate - With the lint brush and tweezers, brush and pick out all the lint, thread pieces, and other junk that’s stuck under the feed dogs as well as throughout the whole area under the stitch plate.
- Clean the Cutting Knife - Lower the knife using the knife activation knob and carefully wipe it down with the microfiber cloth to get any lint or threads.
- Oil the Machine - Following your manufacturer’s recommendations and using only the oil that came with your machine, lubricate after cleaning to keep your overlock running smoothly and stitching freely.
- Replace Parts as Required - Keep your overlocker stitching cleanly by replacing the needle every month or two depending on usage plus replace the knife blade when you start seeing signs of rough edges.
- Replace the Stitch Plate - After everything is cleaned and lubricated, give it all a last wipe with the cloth and screw the stitch plate back on.
Important of Regular Overlocker Cleanings
If you want to keep yours stitching perfect seams every time, take some time every few weeks to clean yours and replace parts as needed and you’ll continue to get great results!