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    Stores like Lowes have some small handhelds for shop use. I have a 1gal wet and dry in the garage. Small and light. Has a hanger. If you just keep it in the house and use it for sewing room, it makes no difference that it's a small shop vac.

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    Ladies, ladies, you can buy the vacuum set at WalMart and Harbor Freight. It's around $10 at WalMart and les than that at HF.
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    I have a Riccar sewing machine vacuum from years ago and I like it a lot.

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    I used canned air on the outside of my machine, to blast lint off of the presser foot and the like, but only with the plate ON so nothing goes into the machine. And when I pull the bobbin case out I'll blast that separately, but I don't blast anything inside the machine because it's not really going anywhere except deeper into the machine.

    I use a little plastic-bristled paintbrush to grab lint gobbers. The longer handle lets me dip into the machine easier and it's kind of splayed out from years of usage so if I just touch lint, it'll grab it. I reach into areas the dealer would probably tell me to stay out of, but I'm careful and gentle and so far all is well. DON'T use a natural brush, the bristles will come out.

    Canned air works to blast the lint off the brush too. (Aimed into a trash can, of course) It's also good for scattering annoying cats!! LOL (I don't actually shoot the cats with the air, just the noise scares them off.)

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    I use pipe cleaners (leftovers from my DH) or chenille stems from the craft dept. to sweep into tight spots on my machine. Isn't it amazing how much lint can gather under the bobbin? I'm also amazed at how much lint some fabric deposits under the blade of my rotary cutter. Need to disassemble it once in a while too!
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    The repair department of my LQS gave me a lint magnet - actually it was a chennel or pipe cleaner. I can get it into the bottom of my Jamone and all around the bobbin case in all the small, tight places. You would be surprised how much lint you can get out. Works wonderfully and keeps the bobbin case clean and working well.

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    I use a tiny shop vac that I purchased especially for my sewing room. Also bought the tiny accessories from Clothilde. It works great in the bobbin area.
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    I'm just wondering if it would help to vacuum out the machine every time you vacuum the house even if it doesn't need it. Just add it to the list .

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    I use a Lint Lizard, used to clean lint from the dryer vent, it does need attached to a vacuum. I attach to a small electric broom. Works for me especially in the bobbin area.
    L.L. can be found at Bed Bath and Beyond for $10.99 and it really does work in the dryer vent(See the Sept. 2012 issue of Good Housekeeping, page 128). And I get to clean the dryer vent too.

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    The best tool I have for cleaning lint is a mascara brush - I also have a tiny brush used for cleaning teeth with braces. These will collect a lot of lint rather than sweep it around. You can get into really tight places. I also have a package of 3 in 1 flossers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    OK.........am going to throw this out there.......I use nothing but a can of compressed air. everytime I change
    my bobbin, I give it a blast......been doing it for Years and years now......on both my computerized machine and my older Bernina.......
    I used to use compressed air all the time, especially for my serger but when I bought my Babylock the dealer was emphatic about NOT using compressed air. All it does sometimes, is blow all the "guck" into the bottom inside of the machine & this came from the repair tech. When I bought my Bernina 820 the owner told me the same thing & lo & behold, one day I was looking on the internet & they showed what can happen when you use compressed air in your sewing machines or sergers, so I do NOT use compressed air anymore, except on the top area in & around my machine. You have been very lucky to not have problems with your machine. If you Youtube the question concerning compressed air & sewing machines this same video may come up & you can see for yourself.
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    UM I could rent out my DGKs (Nah, they are all mine!!!)
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    My tech. with our featherweight answered my frustration with the canned air from the electronics dept. of Wal-Mart. It blows out anything and everything.
    He cautioned to not use it everyday, as there is water in it. But I just use it when cleaning my machines.
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    I have a battery operated mini vac that is perfect for vacuuming the bobbin area. It even came with a carrying case and attachments. It's made by Conair. I've had it for years and just discovered it a few months back so I don't I any idea what I paid but probably $10 or less. The suction isn't as much as an electric but you don't need a lot of suction.
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    Black & Decker makes a cordless vac called a FLEX---has a lot of suction---really light weight---have to use it a couple times and re-charge to get full power and lasting time---kind of expensive but really handy---I have this one in the house and a similar upright in the motorhome---have a longhaired black cat and daughter-in-law bought it for me---use it on the sewing machine-serger and computer keyboard and tower

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    Amazon has a lot of vacuums made for computers.
    http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&keyw...puter%20vacuum

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    cleaning bobbin area

    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo View Post
    Clotilde has a small vacuum for machines.
    I use the little brush that came with my machine and a tweezer to clean my bobbin areas.
    I keep a small shop vac plugged in under my sewing table. When ever I change my bobbin I give it a quick vac. Also have found that a small make up brush seems to clean out the bobbin area much better than the ones that come with the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    I have this one. Works OK for the bobbin area
    http://www.crafttownhobbylandusa.com...hp?prod=NSP102
    Thank you for this information. I have been looking for a small vac for the bobbin area of my sewing machine.

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    I do have a computerized machine, and the store people told me to use a Q-tip (no oil!) to clean the bobbin area. It also fits in the little nooks and crannies under and around the bobbin area. My goodness, the fuzz it gets! They did tell me not to use canned air - just blows it further into the machine. I occasionally use the vac with small attachments. I figure it's getting fuzz out even if I don't see it coming out.

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    An easy way to clean the bobbin area is with qtips. If you know someone that works in a dentist office,they use extra long tips to administir meds in people mouths and they work great in the inside of the bobbin and feed dog area. I clean mine after every quilt and if I'm using flannel more often. It's amazing what the qtips remove. They are fairly cheap, $7-9 for a box of 1000. I have a small vacuum attachment and have never used it, I find the qtips work just fine.
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    I've heard alot of pros and cons to the canned air...I still just buy a pack of long handled paint brushes, under 5:00
    and you'd be surprised how far you can reach and how much lint you get!! Never had any problems...even cleans
    the keyboard!

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    Mentioned on the QB, (here) was to go the Harbor Freight and buy airbrush painting cleaning brushes, for $2.99. OMG, cheap and works very well for cleaning out the bobbin area. I have several different machines. The cleaning brushes are thin and can get into areas with out disturbing the electronics or the older machine mechanic. There are 5 different sizes, all small to fit into areas unimaginable.. and they do a great job at getting out the fuzz from your machine. Yes, I have the hoze attachements for the vaccum...and it is a drag to bring it out. But this little cheap tool works wonders when I am lazy and have getting the project done. Some on on this quilt board recomended it, and I could kiss her. Harbor Freight was my saviour....
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    I bought the same one and I like how it works...also works well cleaning the extra lint from the dryer!

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    that's what I was told too, just as I was about to buy one of them for my keyboard and my machine. I've also been told about 30 times NEVER to use canned air to clean out a sewing machine, as it just pushes the dirt further in.

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