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    Exclamation It's the 1st of the month . . .

    Check your smoke alarm batteries and clean out your machine!

    This is one month of sewing ... what does yours look like??

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    Thanks for the reminder.
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    OH MY !!!! LOL You have been busy
    To keep your mind fresh- learn one new thing a day !

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    When I'm sewing, I clean the machine with (almost) every bobbin change, depending on the type of thread and fabric I'm using. Monthly just won't cut it. Now the smoke alarms, that's another story. They get new batteries only when they start screeching, usually in the middle of the night.

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    Thanks. I need to check the alarm and my machine.
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    I clean out my machine with every bobbin change, no way could I wait once a month. Not my job to change batteries.
    We start day light savings time next weekend, when they tell people around here to change batteries and again when we go back to central standard time. I like this time better.

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    Thanks For the information!!

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    I would never wait a month before cleaning my machines. Every bobbin change for me.
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    It's a great reminder It just happens that I had to open my machine yesterday as the thread kept catching. A lot of 'stuff' was removed and now it sews so much better
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    Thanks for the reminder, my is due. Smoke alarms too!

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    I'm another one who cleans the machine after every bobbin change. My machine would not sew if I waited a month to clean out the lint.

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    never go a month

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    I also clean my machine after every bobbin or two. As for the smoke alarms, well I guess I had better bring the ladder in and change my batteries. Now, I had better find those batteries. Thanks for the reminder.
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    You gals crack me up! I usually change mine in the middle of the night as well when the screech! LOL

    I have a very funny machine, she is like a kid that doesn't like to have her diaper changed. Every time I take off the throat plate and clean, I can never get her to sew correctly without wrapping the thread around the bobbin case and then fiddling with the throat plate to get it in just the right spot. It is how the throat plate and the workings fit together is what I was told, but do you think I could get her to do it at the Dr? NO! .. damn thing is that I love this machine or I would trade it in on another one. (Brother QC 1000) I have always sewn on Brother machines because you can stuff them full of lint and they keep on going.

    To Sharon, yes, I have been a busy bee. I think it has been over a month or maybe 3 since I have cleaned this baby out and that was before quilt camp, my son's queen size Christmas quilt, 2 mystery quilts, 1 baby quilt made out of camo fabric (see my pictures under ugly baby quilt) and the Blue Skies Mystery I am designing for the QB before she started skipping stitches. I am a badddd machine mom, I change the needle all the time, does that count?? She is all happy now.

    One problem, she creaks when I sew. I can watch one of the parts that moves the feed dogs and it is rubbing on the plastic body of the machine and when I sew slow, she creaks, kinda like me, stitches just perfect, except for this creak. Any suggestions and taking her to the Dr is out of the question as I can't afford a Dr visit right now.

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    I too clean my bobbin regularly, it is a necessity. I think if I went a month my machine would probably quit working forever.
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    I took my machine in to have something adjusted today, not even thinking about cleaning it since I do use a nice fat makeup brush to clean out the bobbin area every time I open the bobbin door. The tech said "Boy, you sure keep your machine clean." I was shocked that he noticed, I didn't.

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    Your machine should be cleaned following every project at the very least. Your needle should be changed after every eight hours of use and that's usually when I clean my machine...unless of course I am using black or dark thread (it's the "fuzziest"), or if I'm sewing on fuzzy fabrics. I would never wait a month worth of sewing to clean my machine. I could stuff a pillow at times! LOL,LOL
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    Great reminder about the smoke alarms but I clean my machine about once a week or every couple of days if doing a lot of sewing (my machine won't function properly with the least amount of lint).
    Joyce

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    Good golly, I had better get some canned air and look into mine. Thank you for reminding us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta View Post
    Good golly, I had better get some canned air and look into mine. Thank you for reminding us.
    Delta, I think you may have missed this thread... please read

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...k-t176399.html

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    I also clean my machine more often than once a month...clean the lint out with every bobbin change, and then do a better cleaning about every 3 bobbins. Better to keep up with the lint, then to let it build up too much, or get too far into the machine that you can't reach it yourself.

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