Cleaning Your Embroidery Machine Rotary Hook

Osman Bayrak

How do you clean the Rotary Hook on a commercial embroidery machine?

The best way is to watch a training video like this on cleaning the rotary hook on a commercial embroidery machine. What kind of tools do I need ready to clean my machine? Cleaning and lubricating your machine will go a long way toward keeping it running smoothly. But don't wait to do it once a year. Most of the cleaning should be done once a week or more. If you're sewing towels, you'll have a much larger buildup of lint in your hook and bobbin case much more rapidly than other fabrics. The machines need oil to run properly; however, oil and dirt combined can make quite an abrasive.  The maintenance procedure for cleaning your Tajima, SWF, HAPPY, Melco and Toyota embroidery machine are basically the same, just make sure you make the time to do it.  

What tools do I need to clean and lubricate my Embroidery Machine?

Tools and Supplies

  •   Your best embroidery machine-cleaning tool is an air compressor. Canned air is helpful, but an air compressor is the best. Make sure your air compressor filters out moisture; you don't want to blow water into your machine.
  • A Swiffer Duster (or similar product) is perfect for trapping and holding dust. These flexible dusters are great for getting into small, awkward places and best of all, the duster is disposable.
  • A multipurpose spray cleaner, safe for plastics and metals.
  • Paper towels, clean, lint-free rags, a small lint brush (one usually comes with an embroidery machine).
  • A spray greaser/oil remover such as C-60 by Sprayway.
  • Q-tips and rubbing alcohol.
  • Tools, including assorted screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.