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Thread: Clean Your Machine of lint!

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    Clean Your Machine of lint!

    I quilt, quilt and quilt! Last few days thinking a bad problem at hand. Irregular stitches. This AM the fabric was grabbed. Thankful not a whole. I took off my feed dog plate and...... There was so much lint my feed dogs were not working well! Compacted lint too! My world is back! I quilt, quilt and quilt! Back to regular stitches and happy! :0)
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    thanks for the reminder!
    Nancy in western NY

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    Yes, lint is a FOUR LETTER word to sewers........make it a point to check and clean each sewing day

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    I clean the bobbin area every time I change the bobbin. I learned the hard way too. I was making an embroidered shirt for my grandson. The machine kept staying in the same spot, or going way off the design. I went through five shirts before I tried cleaning it.

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    I was amazed the first time I opened my Bernina 801 (bought it used on eBay) how much lint a small space could hold. Lint was felted under and around the feed dogs. A week later, I took a class on machine care and she showed me how to open other areas of the machine and I found even more lint packed in. I dust out at each bobbin change and about every third bobbin, I oil my machine and open everything up to make sure it is lint free.

    Packed lint is probably why my Singer sends everything to the left. I plan to give that one a good cleaning before donating it as it is my fourth string machine, so someone else should have a chance to enjoy it.

    Cheers, K

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    I'll clean mine out again today. I've gone thru four bobbins of thread with my current quilt project and I did clean it out twice so probably time to do it again.
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    It really does build up fast!!!!

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    When I start a project, I wind three bobbins. When they are gone, it's time to clean & oil. When the project is finished, I toss the needle (unless it was a small project). I haven't been at this long, but I've read enough on this wonderful board to know that good habits can save me a lot of agony. I seem to create enough of that myself.
    aka Chicken McLittle

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    Good point, I use to wonder why machine would be so loud while sewing! I also learned that you need to oil it as well.

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    This is why I fill only two bobbins at a time. When I run out of bobbin thread,
    I know it's time to clean my machine. Otherwise I would probably just keep going.
    Who likes to stop and clean? LOL

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