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Old 08-18-2020, 01:11 PM
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What kind of brush, etc. do you use to clean bobbin area and surrounding area of your sewing machine?
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Old 08-18-2020, 01:46 PM
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I mostly use the one that came with the machine. You can use any small, stiff brush such as a paintbrush. I also love to use big chenille pipe cleaners to get into little places. Any dust and lint just sticks to the chenille and comes out with it.
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Old 08-18-2020, 02:54 PM
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I have a long bristle brush with wire handle. They use to be sold in sewing notions. Can't buy them anymore. I use various other brushes too.
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I usually take the bobbin case out and then gently stick a q tip down in the areas you can't get to and it will pick up bits of lint and pull them out for you. Not those big, fluffy q tips, but the denser ones.

Also, use a pin to check to see if any lint has built up in the grooves of your feed dogs. You may be surprised.

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Old 08-18-2020, 03:25 PM
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Usually I like the little scrubby brush on a wire handle but for one of my vintage machines I have a bag of small craft chicken feathers (dyed bright colors) which are the perfect tool. The bag seems endless -- my son is 33 now and I got it for a craft project when he was a Tiger Cub (first grade). I keep the feather inside the case until it disappears and then pull a new one out of the bag.

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Old 08-18-2020, 04:27 PM
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I use paint brushes and pipe cleaners, for the most part.
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Old 08-18-2020, 05:15 PM
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I use clean mascara wands. It picks up everything! I bought a package on Amazon - 100 for $4.99.

Just make sure you get the soft bristle.

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Good question. Thank you
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Old 08-19-2020, 03:51 AM
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I use make up brushes.
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Old 08-19-2020, 08:53 AM
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I got a bag with mini attachments that fits all vacuums, (that's what it says on the bag) I read some where NOT to used canned air as just pushes the gunk into the machine further. I hook it up on my vac and just go down the line and do all 9 machines at one time, then while it is out and ready I do the floors. I use a one inch paint brush for cleaning each time I change the bobbin for lint and threads.
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