There are so many times when I am sewing away and I am just not quite sure when the last time I cleaned the machine, or took it into the shop for the occasional professional cleaning – until I am switching out the bobbin and finding all kinds of things!
The machine cleaning tracker comes in handy when it comes to tracking your schedule, when you cleaned, oiled, changed the needle or took it in. There is even a spot for making notes if something needed help – like the timing or bobbin not working right. At the top, there is a spot to write the machine info so you know which machine you are tracking (I know that we typically have more than one sewing machine).
I hope you find this tracker helpful in your sewing machine maintenance schedule.
Sewing Machine Maintain Tracker
1- Sewing Machine Brand, Model and Weight.
What machine is this? Make sure you fill this out! There are many machines in a quilters room and you don’t want to get them confused when it comes to cleaning and maintaining them. There may be a moment when you don’t remember if it was the Juki that got the last service or the Brother. So, fill this area in to save you some grief later.
2- Date, Professionally Cleaned, Cleaned, Oiled, New Needle
This is the table that you’ll fill out multiple times, depending on the service you do. You can put the date on the side and then check box the ones that were done…. OR you can put the date directly under the item on the list. Either way will totally work.
There is a difference between professionally cleaned and cleaned. Professionally means you paid someone to clean it. You probably drove the machine somewhere and dropped it off for a few weeks. Depending on the machine, this may happen every year, or based on how many stitches or if you are running into issues.
The simple Cleaned spot is for you to mark when you have cleaned the machine. If you took the bobbin out and gave it a good clean out. Got rid of the lint and such. Nothing as deep as the professional, but still something that counts.
You’ll also track when you oiled it (usually it’s the same day as the cleaning) but just in case you are able to track that separately.
New needle will happen at random and usually doesn’t follow a schedule. You can mark down the date here as well.
This area is for you to write down any notes that you would like to track. Did it go into the shop for a specific reason? Skipping stitches, the timing is off or whatever. Maybe you want to write down exactly how to clean or where to put the oil for this specific machine (some machines are different then others). You may want to write down when you bought new bobbins, what size they are, etc.
*It is color, but depending on your printer it may print in color or in grey scale.