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Thread: CANNED AIR

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    i`ve never seen this topic but was wondering if any of you use this to clean out the fuzz in bobbin area.
    Also just learned that a little fuzzy washer that came with my machine years ago is for putting inside the bobbin case.
    need to try this.
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    I have read and been told by dealers that a vacuum is better for cleaning the fuzz from the bobbin space. It seems that the fuzz can be lodged into parts by blowing.

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    I keep a can next to my machine with a makeup brush . I blow it then clean it out with brush

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    I have always been told not to use it by service people. It pushes stuff further inside. It is better to use a brush. One repair man showed me that you can use it if you have the machine completely open and can blow out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    I have always been told not to use it by service people. It pushes stuff further inside. It is better to use a brush. One repair man showed me that you can use it if you have the machine completely open and can blow out.
    I have always been told not to use canned air because it can cause a build up. When I first got my HandiQuilter I was told to buy an air compresser to clean the machine out. Three years later when I have major problems with the machine, and had it cleaned out I was told not to use the compresser to use the tiny vacuum and/or a brush. I use a pipe cleaner to get in the places that a brush won't.

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    I, too, was told when I bought my new machine to never use canned air because it pushes the lint and stuff further back into other parts of the machine. I found a great solution-the Dirt Devil Kwik. It's a small (12" lon by about 4" wide) mini-vac. It has a little brush that can be attached and it reaches into narrow space. I also use it to clean my computer-another place not to use canned air. The Kwik was hard to find, not in any local stores. I ordered it on-line from the Dirt Devil website for about $20.00; probably could have gotten it for less by searching other sites. I'm really anal about cleaning my machine and this little vac was made for me !! LOL.
    Hope this helps.

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    We use the canned air to clean the keyboard for the computer. A computer nut told us to. But after reading about the sewing machine people telling you not to use on machines, maybe we chouldn't be using it even on the keyboard.
    And isn't this the stuff that some people are using to get high on and that's why we have to ask a clerk for it?

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    My repair man said not to use canned air - it blows the "dust bunnies" farther into the machine. I use a pipe cleaner or vacuumn it - I bought some small attachments for my vacuumn that work great for getting in the small areas. I also use a cleaned mascra wand - the dust bunnies just grab onto it.

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    thanks for the great answers guess ion`t use it then
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    It might be fine for computers, because they are very dry. The inside of a sewing machine is nicely lubricated with plenty of oil. (If it weren't, it would seize up like a car engine that had no oil.) The dust or lint or threads get stuck on the oil and that makes a real mess. It's like the really gross mess you can get if you don't clean the wall behind or the exhaust hood above your kitchen stove.

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    A repairman told me that if everyone would use canned air on their machines...he could expand his business and retire early LMBO

    It is not good to use it on keyboards/electronics either...it pushes the debri into places not meant to be dirty and there is moisture in those particles that is hard on the metals inside. Canned air should only be used when you have a component/machine completely open so that the debri can fly out of it, not into cracks and crevices.


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    I use it. You can't blow because it puts moisture into your bobbin casing area and that's destructive.s

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    I was told not to use the canned air for the same reasons already posted - push stuff further into machine and there is some moisture that comes out of the can.

    I bought a 1 gal. shop vac at Ace Hardware and a set of the small vac pieces to use with it. It works just fine and gets the fuzzies out easily. A 1" cheap paint brush from any store works fine also (the ones with the wooden handle and hair bristles on it).

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    I also use a small paint brush...one with very stiff, short, blunt bristles. Works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bevanger
    I keep a can next to my machine with a makeup brush . I blow it then clean it out with brush
    I do just the opposite. I clean with a brush, then use the canned air to get any leftover stuff the brush didn't get.

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    I have always heard not to use canned air because it can jam that fuzz in where it shouldn't be. I use a brush and it cleans up just fine.

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    I work for a Janome dealer and the repair man told use to never ever use canned air as you are just blowing the lint and stuff up in the machine and onto the computer boards in the newer machines. :oops: He also advised us to tell our customers not to just blow the lint out as there is moisture in your breath that can do nasty things to your machine also. I use different size brushes and a small vac attatchment for sewing machines to get all the lint and thread out. I do it after I finish sewing for the day, it has become a habit and that way I don't have to remember the last time I cleaned the machine.

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    Okay, I'll stop using the canned air (althought it was recommended by the shop that sold me my machine . . . guess they want to clean my machine regularly!). DH had a set of small vacuum brush attachments that I'll be using attached to a small vacuum. I'll keep it under my sewing machine and use it regularly . . . usuall whenever I need to refill the bobbin.

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    I bought a 10 dollar attachment for my vacumn cleaner just for the sewing machine but it was a big pain and did not work.
    I found my hand vac works just fine.
    I also heard not to blow into the machine.

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    I use my shop vac, when mine gets dirty. No chance of lint getting blown into bad places elsewhere inside the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Speaking of cleaning, how do you clean your keyboards if you don't use canned air?
    u won't believe how i cleaned my keyboard. with a stiff brush and warm soapy water, they sprayed it with sprayer in kitchen sink, didn't know if it would ever work again or not, but i had already decided if it didn't, i'd just go buy a new one. but alas, it still works after i dried it with hair dryer of course.

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    Was always told never to blow air inside the machine, it pushes the lint further in and places that you then can't reach. My sewing machine book also stated the same. I remove the bobbin then the bobbin case and it exposes holes in the bobbin case holder. I use a small brush that came with my sewing machine, I poke in the holes slowly and lift out the brush, it catches lint small pieces of thread. I clean mine out after each quilt.

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