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How to Clean Your Iron and Sewing Machine

Keeping your sewing machine and iron clean is essential for maintaining their performance and longevity. Over time, lint and fabric residue can accumulate, causing issues such as skipped stitches, uneven fabric feed, and even damage to the machine. Watergirl Quilt Co. is a small but mighty quilting shop located in Prescott, Ontario. In this blog post, we will guide you through the steps to clean your iron and remove lint from your sewing machine. Shop today!

How to Clean Your Iron

Starting with the iron, it's important to clean it regularly to prevent any residue from transferring onto your fabric. 

  • Begin by unplugging the iron and allowing it to cool down completely. 

  • Take a soft, damp cloth and wipe the surface of the iron to remove any dust or stains. 

  • Next, use an iron cleaner, such as our Iron Cleaner. Apply the solution to a cloth and gently rub the affected areas. 

  • Be careful not to scratch or damage the soleplate. 

  • Finish by wiping the iron with a clean, damp cloth to remove any cleaning solution residue.

How to Clean Your Sewing Machine

Now let's move on to cleaning your sewing machine. 

  • Start by turning off the machine and unplugging it. 

  • Remove the needle, presser foot, and throat plate to access the bobbin area. 

  • Use a small brush or a mini vacuum with a brush attachment to remove any lint, dust, or thread remnants from the bobbin case, feed dogs, and other moving parts. Be thorough but gentle to avoid damaging delicate components. 

  • Finally, reassemble the machine, insert a new needle, and run a few stitches on a scrap fabric to ensure everything is clean and running smoothly.


Regular maintenance and cleaning are crucial for the optimal performance of your sewing machine and iron. Treat your machines for a day at the spa with our experienced Technician. Watergirl Quilt Co. offers the best sewing machines from Bernina and other quilting and sewing supplies online, including our Iron Cleaner. Shop today!

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