Sewing Machine Cleaning- Is Canned Air Just Hot Air?

Should your sewing machine cleaning routine include a shot of canned air? Believe it or not, canned air is a hotly debated topic. Each side of the controversy stands strong in their conviction.

So, who's right? Air versus No Air. My conclusion?...

Just Say NO to Canned Air!

Sewing Machine Care

Sewing Machine Care

Many sewing machine owners swear by this convenience in a can. They'll guard their can of air with their life (OK, a bit of an exaggeration). Some claim to have used canned air for more than a decade with no ill effects to themselves... or their machine.

Yet experts I've bumped into on the web advise against canned air. Bernina USA, for example, warns to NOT use canned air “as this may push debris further into the machine.”

Instead, Bernina recommends manual cleaning.

First, remove the needle plate. Next, use a soft brush to remove lint from the feed dogs, under the needle plate, and around the shuttle area of the bobbin. Bernina suggests a soft bristled brush from a hardware store... or even a make-up brush. Now that’s gentle!

(Note: Refer to your owner’s manual for specific instructions on cleaning your particular make and model of sewing machine).

More support for the no-canned campaign comes from experienced service technicians across the Internet. One dealer/technician stopped selling canned air more than 15 years ago. He claimed the regular use of this product, especially on closed-design sewing machines is just “asking for trouble.”

Another potential problem? Rust! Forcing air from a can into such a small metal enclosure could spell trouble in the future. Condensation may form and lead to rust... definitely bad for your machine.

While it's an easy, convenient method of sewing machine cleaning, I classify canned air as risky behavior!