How to Clean a Serger

I thought about what I should write for my next installment of Tricks of the Trade series (if you don't know what I am talking about my first post is HERE.), and I thought of the serger cleaning trick a friend of mine shared with me.  She has worked as a professional seamstress for many years and this is her favorite method to clean a serger or a regular sewing machine.

It's quite simple. Pull the threads out and open your serger.

Look in disgust at all the lint collected.

Use a long and narrow attachment that fits your vacuum and go at it! I have two attachments that do the job quite nicely. The one pictured above and also a narrow tube to get into all nooks and crannies.

Step back and admire your work. As good as new. It's really a nice and simple method that saves you headache and money.


  1. Yup, that's how I do it too...whenever my sewing room very rarely see a vacuum cleaner ;-)

  2. Great idea Olga! I do fall short when it comes to maintaining my work horses.

  3. That simple?? Awesome :) I do use the brush after every sewing session, but my overlocker needs a proper clean out every now and then.


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