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Old 01-04-2013, 02:55 PM
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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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Old 01-04-2013, 03:03 PM
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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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Old 01-04-2013, 03:28 PM
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I clean my machines after every other bobbin refill.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:07 PM
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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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Old 01-04-2013, 04:10 PM
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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.

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Old 01-04-2013, 04:29 PM
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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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Old 01-04-2013, 04:37 PM
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craftsy.com has a free class sewing machine 911 that is helpful
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:37 PM
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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.

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Every bobbin change.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:01 PM
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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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