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Tell us your best tip for maintaining your sewing machine for your chance to win an Amy Butler prize pack!

In our spring issue of BurdaStyle US magazine, Rowan is giving away a Rowan Hapi by Amy Butler prize pack including fabric, patterns, and a book worth over $500.

For a chance to win this package, answer the following question in the comments section below: WHAT’S YOUR BEST TIP FOR MAINTAINING YOUR SEWING MACHINE?

Be sure to include your first name, last initial, city, and country (or state if you live in the US). The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 14, 2014, at 11:59 PM (EST). One lucky winner will be chosen and announced in the summer issue of BurdaStyle US magazine!

Good luck!

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    Feb 15, 2014, 07.37 AMby auschick

    Use the best thread you can afford to avoid getting excessive Libby build up inside your machine.

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    Feb 15, 2014, 07.07 AMby rita61

    Rita P., Chemainus, Canada Keep my machine covered and dust free when not in use. Thanks

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    Feb 15, 2014, 06.49 AMby freeaza7

    Dust after every project

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    Feb 15, 2014, 05.43 AMby gmworsham

    Always use quality thread to begin with so less lint will gunk up your machine, and regularly clean your machine in accordance with your machine’s manual,

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    Feb 15, 2014, 05.12 AMby ancad2

    Anca C. from Austin, Texas Read the instruction manual

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    Feb 15, 2014, 04.22 AMby yelmore

    Yvonne E. Klamath Falls, Oregon Maintenance. Keep it clean. I have a little paint brush I can clean the dust bunnies out with. I use it on my serger as well.

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    Feb 15, 2014, 04.22 AMby tlwarner

    Start by reading the manual—and then follow it. After each project: 1) Using a sewing machine vacuum and brush, clean out the bobbin area; 2) Change the needle, always using the right needle for the project; and 3) Wipe it down with a baby wipe. On a weekly basis, use the correct oil to lubricate.

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    Feb 15, 2014, 04.15 AMby Della Leahy

    Using bent, worn and broken needles can damage your sewing machine. Check sewing machine needles regularly and replace often with frequent use. Always keep spares of various needle sizes on hand.

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    Feb 15, 2014, 04.13 AMby Tammy Olague

    Clean the bobbin area after finishing for the day. If working with high loft fabric, clean more often. Oil the bobbin area about every four hours during use. Have machine professionally serviced once a year.

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    Feb 15, 2014, 04.09 AMby Nayaz

    Naya S from North York, Ontario Canada

    My tip is PLOWS ~ (PLUG) Making sure the plug is unplugged, (LINT) free of lint and gunk in all the nooks and crevices, like the bobbin area. (OIL) Keeping the machine well oiled. (WIRES) check for wear on the wires. (SREWS) Tighten all the screws. Clean it after every project so you are raring to go for the next one. PLOWS is my little care tip for my love machine :)

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    Feb 15, 2014, 04.04 AMby KIMAIS

    Cover it up when not in use and clean it regularly and oil it if needed (don’t blow the lint out of the bobbin area – use a brush). If sewing a lot get it professionally serviced – it is worth the money and prolonging the life of the machine :-) happy sewing

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    Feb 15, 2014, 03.53 AMby Guin Reese

    I normally keep it covered when not in use. I also use a small computer vacuum from my work days after using it.

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    Feb 15, 2014, 03.44 AMby rstambaugh

    Robin S from Garradunga, QLD Australia – I keep my sewing machine covered from dust, put a piece of soft cloth under the pressure foot when not in use, and brush off any “fabric dust” after sewing. I need to purchase some machine oil to keep it lubricated.

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    Feb 15, 2014, 03.37 AMby Chubina

    My one and only rule for maintaining any sewing machine: Read the sewing machine manual.

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    Feb 15, 2014, 03.27 AMby faith

    keep it covered when not in use to keep dust out.

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    Feb 15, 2014, 03.20 AMby izbott

    I do use oil for my machine once I’m done a garment project. It keeps it riding smooth. Likewise if there is a string jam will go into it to make sure it’s cleaned out. I know I can get into the groove of a project but sometimes oops happens.

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    Feb 15, 2014, 03.18 AMby Jen Cameron

    Oil it!

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    Feb 15, 2014, 03.17 AMby violetgypsie

    After each sewing session, place a piece of cloth under the presser foot of your sewing machine and store your machine with this cloth in place. It will help keep dust from settling in the feed dogs on the plate and from there, getting into the bobbin area of your machine. Dust is the enemy to any sewing machine so doing your best to keep it from getting inside your machine will help.

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    Feb 15, 2014, 02.57 AMby bekabug8

    Rebecca F from Irvine, CA:

    I use an old make-up powder brush to clean the lint out of my bobbin casing area. The fuzz comes right out! It works much better than the little brush that comes with your machine. The powder brush works great to clean out the inside of a serger as well!

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    Feb 15, 2014, 01.28 AMby sarahfrances79

    When you aren’t using it, make sure you cover your machine. It can be with a cloth, hard cover or even make you own hand made one. It reduces the amount of dust which can settle on the working parts.

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