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Thread: Why bobbin areas need to be cleaned

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    I decided to give my sewing machine a bit of cleaning, so got out the owner's manual to see what to do. I removed the bobbin cover like it said and much to my surprise, this is what I saw:

    [IMG]http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b45/E-G-L/Bobbin1.jpg[/IMG]

    There's a LOT of junk in there! And this machine is only 3 months old. Granted, I have made 6 quilts on it during that time, but I was really surprised by how much junk has accumulated in it already during this short time. Time to get the shop vac out now.

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    I clean mine once a week when I'm piecing and before and after any quilting. They fill up fast!

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    LOL - that reminds me of when I was a new sewer and I kept getting "birdsnests" on the bottom of the fabric - my friend/quilt teacher suggested I clean the bobbin casing area - I took out the bobbin and thre was about 1/8 in. worth of sewing dust under the bobbin! cleaned it out and everything immediately worked!

    great suggestion/picture!

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    Yup, you got the fuzzy thing going on there. :shock:

    Much to my delight I am not the only one with a fuzzy bobbin area. :lol:

    Using fleece as a soft touch to placemats adds quickly to my fuzzy bobbin area. :shock: :roll:

    Deara


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    Sometimes I get so involved in quilting I forget to clean. Once I had so much lint under the cover that it pushed it up. Never again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimee4
    Sometimes I get so involved in quilting I forget to clean. Once I had so much lint under the cover that it pushed it up. Never again.
    That must have been scary! :shock:

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    I bought an attachment for my vacuum cleaner with a brush head, and angeled head and a flat head to clean my bobbin area. Of course I don't use it often enough!! I got it out of a Bethlehem HomeSew catelogue

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    I'm surprised it didn't cause you any problems - some machines are real tempermental about build-up.

    I scoot the cleaning brush around about every second or third bobbin change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    I'm surprised it didn't cause you any problems - some machines are real tempermental about build-up.

    I scoot the cleaning brush around about every second or third bobbin change.

    My machine is that way. I have to clean it about every second or third bobbin. Sometime I have to clean after one bobbin depending on the thread.

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    I clean mine after every project,just depend on the size.And not to hjack your thread but how often to you oil your machine and change needles. My repair guy says oil to machines is like people/water,and we all know how we work when dehydrated. And I change needles after every large quilt project( I don't throw them away,I use them them for a spare. What do you all do?

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