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    cleaning bobbin area question

    Just wondering if there is a gadget out there to vacum out the bobbin area on our sewing machines. I have a drop in bobbin and when it collects fuss balls the bobbin will skip. I have the small attachments for my regular vacum. However, it is a hassel to drag out that big machine each time. Just wondering if there is such a thing as a hand held mini vac just for machines and electronics. If so where can I purchase one. If anyone knows I know the quilting board will know this answer. Thanks so much ahead of time.
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    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.

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    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 did order what I have from them. It was not a small vac. It was attachments. I will look again to see if I can find it. Thanks.
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    I agree it is a hassel to drag out the vac to put the attachments and vacuum out the area and, although I have an inborn need to keep that area very clean, I only vacuum when I know it needs it. However, every time I change the bobbin I put a drop of oil on a Q-tip and clean the area. It is always amazing how much gunk comes out on that Q-tip. I also use the Magic Genie, and think it also helps.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hdo_q0M2rsw

    It may be important to note that I do not have a computerized sewing machine, so I have do issues with a bit of oil, but I think you have to be more careful with them. I had one machine that took one tiny drop of oil in that bobbin area (into the little bump with the hole in it) every time the bobbin was filled. I tore my hair out until I discovered that little quirk of the machine. I recently gave that old machine it to a friend of my mine, and received a call a little while later saying "what was it you said I should do when it starts to skip." One drop of oil did the trick.

    I have not heard of a portable mini vac for machines, so continue on with my little regime.

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    i agree that dragging the big machine out is a hassle, but it does a very good job in the deeper regions of my Juki that i cannot reach with qtips, tweezers, or artists brush
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    i agree with quiltnNan it is a hassle but it sure is worth it to
    keep the machine humming along.

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    I have this one. Works OK for the bobbin area
    http://www.crafttownhobbylandusa.com...hp?prod=NSP102
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    I have a car vac sitting in its charger beside the sewing area. It has a fold-out spout that fits into the bobbin area nicely.

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    I bought a $29.00 machine from Nancys Notions, it weighs about3 pound but has the suction of a big machine. I use this and my sewing machine stays lint free much longer
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    Just a note of caution: I was going to purchase one of those mini vacs from Office Depot that is used for keyboards/computers but the clerk told me to "save my $$" that it didn't work well at all. I have been on the lookout for one ever since. Going to check on the above recommendations! Thanks!

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    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.......
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    Its always been said that blowing into the machine will make the dust go inside the motor area and should never be done! Glad to know you've not had problems doing it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chamby View Post
    I did order what I have from them. It was not a small vac. It was attachments. I will look again to see if I can find it. Thanks.
    I think it is just the attachments.
    I have a wholesale acct. with them and have it sitting here for a customer pickup.
    Just looked at it and you're right - no machine, just attachments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms View Post
    Just a note of caution: I was going to purchase one of those mini vacs from Office Depot that is used for keyboards/computers but the clerk told me to "save my $$" that it didn't work well at all. I have been on the lookout for one ever since. Going to check on the above recommendations! Thanks!
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    Patski - I checked on Nancy's Notions and couldn't find a small vacuum for cleaning my machine - only attachments for a large vacuum. Could you tell me the name of yours and I will look again? Thanks

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    I use a small paint brush or a makeup brush. Seems to keep everything in working order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chamby View Post
    Just wondering if there is a gadget out there to vacum out the bobbin area on our sewing machines. I have a drop in bobbin and when it collects fuss balls the bobbin will skip. I have the small attachments for my regular vacum. However, it is a hassel to drag out that big machine each time. Just wondering if there is such a thing as a hand held mini vac just for machines and electronics. If so where can I purchase one. If anyone knows I know the quilting board will know this answer. Thanks so much ahead of time.
    Just saw one at our Walmart yesterday. I'm another using canned air for years, no problems. My 8 years old computerised machine just had it's first deep cleaning.No fuzz packed in, it was actually pretty clean. My new Juki has a sliding door (?) in the bottom to open to let the fuzz balls out. That tells me they want me to use canned air.(grin)
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    Every machine I ever bought had a little stiff brush in the attachment compartment that I have always used when cleaning out the bobbin case...Works wonderful....sometimes less is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunQuilts View Post
    Patski - I checked on Nancy's Notions and couldn't find a small vacuum for cleaning my machine - only attachments for a large vacuum. Could you tell me the name of yours and I will look again? Thanks
    I bought the "teeny tiny tank" from Nancy's when it was on sale for $19.99. It is currently on sale in her late summer catalog for $24.99 it is on page 27.

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    check out this link
    http://www.nancysnotions.com/product...vacuum+tank.do

    I'll put this one on my wish list!
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    Quote Originally Posted by true4uca View Post
    Just saw one at our Walmart yesterday. I'm another using canned air for years, no problems. My 8 years old computerised machine just had it's first deep cleaning.No fuzz packed in, it was actually pretty clean. My new Juki has a sliding door (?) in the bottom to open to let the fuzz balls out. That tells me they want me to use canned air.(grin)
    That is what I was told by my repair guy also, but hearing another service guy second that is great to hear.
    Yes that is a real picture of my hometown Temecula, California. We feature premiere Wineries, World Class Golf Courses, Pechanga Indian Casino and Hot Air Balloons

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    For those who are using canned air you might want to check out this site http://bearhugquiltworks.blogspot.co...s-to-wise.html

    I have never used canned air in any of my machines. And after I saw this article I was very glad that I hadn't!

    Colleen

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmrenno View Post
    For those who are using canned air you might want to check out this site http://bearhugquiltworks.blogspot.co...s-to-wise.html

    I have never used canned air in any of my machines. And after I saw this article I was very glad that I hadn't!

    Colleen
    i understand and appreciate your comment and the pictures, perhaps that is also a good reason to use better quality thread, which equals less limit.
    Yes that is a real picture of my hometown Temecula, California. We feature premiere Wineries, World Class Golf Courses, Pechanga Indian Casino and Hot Air Balloons

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    I bought a $35 portable vacuum cleaner (for the car) at Walmart and I attach my Clotilde vacuum attachments to it. It has a hose on it. It has a charger on it also, so no messy plug ins. I found it in the vacuum isle at Walmart. Some Walmarts carry them in the car department. They are the size of a small breadbox. Very handy. They come with lots of attachments. I use it for the car and around the house and for the sewing machine (attaching the mini attachments to it).
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    I agree that the little battery operated computer vac is useless. It isn't strong enough to suck up anything, but...
    It does come with a nice attachment for getting into the tiny areas around the bobbin.
    So, I got out my duct tape....and secured the attachment to the hose of my hand held vac. That works great. And because it's a hand held vac, if I accidently vac up something important, it's not hard to find in the little lint filter. That wouldn't be fun in a regular vacuum!
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