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Thread: Do you vacuum out your machine?

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    I've tried using my dust buster to clean out the lint that accumulated from sewing rag quilts, flannel and fleece, but the attachment isn't small enough to get in to suck out the lint.

    Is there such a thing as a vacuum cleaner for sewing machines??? If not, what can I use?

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    They do sell attachments to clean out sewing machines and other electronic :D:D:D

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    I use a cheap paintbrush to clean my machines.

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    I use a Q-tip, but it doesn't reach as far back as it needs to

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    I vacuum out my machine with a regular hose. I just tape a straw to the end of the crevice attachment, taping around to close off the opening around the straw. The straw fits in everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retired2pa
    I've tried using my dust buster to clean out the lint that accumulated from sewing rag quilts, flannel and fleece, but the attachment isn't small enough to get in to suck out the lint.

    Is there such a thing as a vacuum cleaner for sewing machines??? If not, what can I use?
    I found some attachments at our favorite LQS, Harbor Freight! It attachs to a regular size vacuum but the other end is much smaller and gets pretty close. It was a while ago but still might have them

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    I bought a micro attachment kit from a local vacuum store. It didn't fit my home vacuum so I bought a small handheld one from Walmart that doesn't leave my craft room. I use it as often as I remember to. I just sucked it all out a few days ago. Boy, it was overdue but I've seen worse!

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    I have the micro vacuum attachment kit and it fits on my regular vacuum cleaner. Looks like this.
    http://www.buy.com/prod/vacuum-micro...210885554.html

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    I use a smaller sized shopvac and a small paintbrush to loosen stuff up while holder the hose end over it. Works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I vacuum out my machine with a regular hose. I just tape a straw to the end of the crevice attachment, taping around to close off the opening around the straw. The straw fits in everywhere.
    I use a cheap paint brush as Sadie Mae suggested but this sounds like a good idea. I'll give it a try.

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    Pipecleaners are wonderful tools to help cleaning your machine. Most important, never ever use canned air to clean your machine. It just blows the lint into places you can't get too!

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    We have a small handheld vac that we use to vacuum out the machines. Usually an artist size paintbrush gets everything out, but occasionally we have to vacuum. I need to try the pipe cleaners.

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    I've heard of special vacuums but I just use my big one until it's time for a cleaning from the professionals!

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    I just BLOW my hot air into the bottom of it...LOL....make sure to close your eyes if you try this!

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    I send mine out to the shop with my husband and he uses the huge air compressor to blow out all my machines and my serger. Not a speck of dust or lint left!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I use a cheap paintbrush to clean my machines.
    So do I. I do it every time I change the spool now. It amazes me how much 'stuff' gets stuck in there.
    Annie

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    i bought a hand dandy little attachment kit for my vaccuum that lets me clean out my computer and my sewing machine. it is a wonderful thing :thumbup: has a hose that attaches to the vaccuum hose then 1/2 a dozen different attachments, small brushes ect. i believe i bought it at a computer/office place (like office max) but it works so good on my machine! it was not expensive...less than $20 and well worth it.

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    I too, have the minature vacuum cleaner attachments that fit onto either vacuum. Word of precaution: you should not blow into or use pressurized air to blow out your machines. It will send dust and thread to places in there that we don't even know exist. This mistake cost me a Singer machine. I think it was a low-end computerized (don't remember the name). But I had used a can of compressed air to clean it out and... well let's just say it was an expensive lesson learned at the repair shop! The only good that came from this, other than a valuable lesson, was my first Janome 6600P.

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    They make little vaccuum cleaners for computers that you could use for your sewing machine. I just use my "regular" vac in between annual checkups at the Viking repair guy's.

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    I use the micro tool set attachment for my regular vacuum cleaner. I vacuum my machines out after every bobbin change, and oil then as well. When I take the covers off my machines, I use my air compressor on them to get them spotless inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I vacuum out my machine with a regular hose. I just tape a straw to the end of the crevice attachment, taping around to close off the opening around the straw. The straw fits in everywhere.
    What a great idea! I have a small vacuum but it doesn't get into all the crevices. I'll try this.

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    My hubby works in a vacuum store...get a micro tool set at any vacuum store or online. It will attatch to your vacuum cleaner's hose. good luck!
    Suzy

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    There is an attachment that you can put on your vacuum hose that you can use for to vacuum out all the lint, I think I got mine years ago at Clotilde. If she does not have them I would google it.... maybe sewing machine vacuum attchment or something to that effect

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    that is a great idea

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    Clotilde carries the attachments for vacs. I use mine all the time.
    And Clotilde has the best price of all the sewing machine cleaning attachments. Check it out:
    http://www.clotilde.com/list.html?cr...ment&x=14&y=10

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