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    cleaning your machine

    How often do you clean your machine? Do you have a video or link showing how to maintain your machine? I have a janome.

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    I clean my regular sewing machine after every project. If I'm working on anything larger than a twin size project, I clean it half way through. I clean my long arm after every project and I oil it after every 3.

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    I clean my machines after every other bobbin refill.
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    I am a fanatic about a clean machine be it my Bernina 640, one of our vintage machines or our long arm. I clean every bobbin change so I don't forget. Less lint and dirt = less wear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aronel View Post
    I clean my machines after every other bobbin refill.
    Same here. But if I'm quilting I clean after each bobbin. I use a few Q-tips but
    lately I found the use of pipe cleaners very helpful. Not sure what model you have
    but on mine I remove the bobbin case and clean under and around...in other words
    anywhere I see lint. Here's a tutorial on how to clean your sewing machine.
    Do not oil your sewing machine if you are not supposed to. I put just one drop
    of oil about once a year in the oil wick. That's it.

    http://esostarikaknitfo.blogspot.ca/...chine-101.html

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    Be careful and don't mistake the wick under the bobbin for lint -- that can be painful. I put oil in the wick more frequently.

    I have a 7700 so I open the door on the left side and clean out all the lint around the takeup lever, etc. I also clean out the area around the bobbin -- sometimes I find that my serger tweezers work well to get the hard to reach lint.

    EasyPeezy's link is good -- I don't like using q-tips because of the lint they release. I use pipe cleaners and the brush that came with the machine. Don't put any oil on plastic parts.
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    craftsy.com has a free class sewing machine 911 that is helpful
    Brother (XL-3500i, CV3550, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D), Juki MO-2000QVP, Handiquilter Avante

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    Probably not enough, but I am getting better. Do get my Bernina served yearly. Did the same for my 1973 Bernina 830 and it paid off. She is now my back up machine.

    Judy in Phx, AZ

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    Every bobbin change.

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    If using a linty thread, I clean with every bobbin change. If the thread isn't linty, then generally every other bobbin change.

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    Every bobbin change.

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    Thanks Dolphyngyrl, I headed over to Craftsy and signed up for the sewing machine 911.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    craftsy.com has a free class sewing machine 911 that is helpful
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    Rarely. Rarely change a needle. I have a dinky Brother mechanical which is the most forgiving machine I have ever used.

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    Thanks EasyPeezy, I headed over to check out this blog as well. I actually did this once on my machine (My feed dogs would not draw the fabric anymore.), mostly, trial by error. I guess I'm lucky, I didn't do anything bad to my machine. (Not a computerized machine.)
    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    Same here. But if I'm quilting I clean after each bobbin. I use a few Q-tips but
    lately I found the use of pipe cleaners very helpful. Not sure what model you have
    but on mine I remove the bobbin case and clean under and around...in other words
    anywhere I see lint. Here's a tutorial on how to clean your sewing machine.
    Do not oil your sewing machine if you are not supposed to. I put just one drop
    of oil about once a year in the oil wick. That's it.

    http://esostarikaknitfo.blogspot.ca/...chine-101.html
    My little shinning stars. Brantley, Kaylynn, and Emmalee

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    Thanks for the link and the heads up on Craftsy.

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    you should have an instruction book that came with your janome, if not then you could probably find one on line that fits your machine.
    will quilt 4EVER

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnLady1 View Post
    Be careful and don't mistake the wick under the bobbin for lint -- that can be painful. I put oil in the wick more frequently.

    I have a 7700 so I open the door on the left side and clean out all the lint around the takeup lever, etc. I also clean out the area around the bobbin -- sometimes I find that my serger tweezers work well to get the hard to reach lint.

    EasyPeezy's link is good -- I don't like using q-tips because of the lint they release. I use pipe cleaners and the brush that came with the machine. Don't put any oil on plastic parts.
    Agree on the wick... ask me how I know. :/
    - Rose

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    That video was nasty. It's a wonder it could sew a stitch. I clean after every 2 to 3 bobbin fills. I have extra long q-tips and can really get in there and clean it. I also have a vacuum attachment I believe I got through Nancy's Notion and it fits on my vacuum and it can suck out what you can't reach.

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    At the end of each project for sure!
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    I have a lot of machines and I clean the ones I sew on the most twice a year. I take off the housing and oil, even the no oil ones. I clean with alcohol. The ones I don't use that often I clean once a year. I paid a repairman to show me how to remove the housing and clean my machines. That has saved me a lot of money over the years. I always waited for the warranty to run out first before doing my own cleaning.
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    I try to clean the bobbin casing on each change. Sometimes when quilting and the quilt on top I admit I do leave a good clean. Cotton bud around define spot and off I go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty View Post
    Every bobbin change.
    Me too. It's a good habit to get into.

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    I have bought quite a few machines with extremely clogged up bobbin areas. Makes me wonder if they knew how to clean it? Did the machine not sew right with it clogged so they got rid of it?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    I use cotton tipped swabs in place of q-tips (like the ones found at the doctor's office). The sticks are wood, longer and stronger than q-tips. Q-tips are wimpy. I usually clean my machines at every bobbin change. One of these days I am going to get really brave and remove the housing to clean my Elna 7300. It should be just like deep cleaning a computer. And it would save me a $160 servicing.
    Sweet Caroline

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    I clean after 1 or 2 bobbins; more often if sewing on fleece or Minkie. I clean the bobbin area and also remove the plate that covers the feed dogs and clean there as well. I use Q-tips with a drop of machine oil on them. I store my little plastic oil bottle in a zip-lock bag along with a dozen or so Q-tips, then put all that in a second plastic bag. If there is any oil leakage it gets absorbed by the cotton swabs. I don't have any lint problems as long as I put oil on the swabs.
    Last edited by Gabrielle's Mimi; 01-06-2013 at 06:43 AM.
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