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Thread: Jenny's video on spring cleaning your machine! OMG

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    Jenny's video on spring cleaning your machine! OMG

    Hey Y'all, I just saw this video recently posted by Jenny at Missouri Star.
    http://quiltingtutorials.com/browse-...ning-quilters/ She is showing you how to "clean" out the dust in the feed dog/bobbin area.
    All I can say is WOW! I was amazed at how much "fuzzies" she pulled out! I clean mine out fairly often for fear of a costly breakdown. I can't ever imagine pulling out as much out of a machine. I know she sews a lot each day but WOW!

    I do LOVE her videos ! All of them!
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    wow that was really cool! i have to check my machine now... i don't know how long it's been since i've done that

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    Thanks for sharing. Now if feel like I can do this!

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    I just thoroughly cleaned my Singer 301A yesterday, after a couple months of not being cleaned and only had about a 1/4 of the lint that she did. LOL. Of course, I do not sew 8 hours a day, but do sew a lot. I really enjoy the videos they share. After watching the spring cleaning, I watched the Jacobs Ladder....will definetely be doing that one very soon. Thanks for sharing.
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    OMG! I've never let my machine get that dirty. I'm glad she did that tutorial though because the machine sounds so much better after it's been cleaned
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    I have a little attachment that fits on my vacuum cleaner hose, it's small enough to fit in most crevices in my machine and does a great job. A thoroughly cleaned mascara brush works wonders, too! I have to say, I was VERY shocked to hear her say she sews 8-10 hours a day and only changes her needle when she spring cleans - does that mean she only changes her needle once a year?!?!?!?

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    That was an amazing amount of lint!!! I clean mine out about every 10 - 14 days so it (lint) never gets down too far into the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I have a little attachment that fits on my vacuum cleaner hose, it's small enough to fit in most crevices in my machine and does a great job. A thoroughly cleaned mascara brush works wonders, too! I have to say, I was VERY shocked to hear her say she sews 8-10 hours a day and only changes her needle when she spring cleans - does that mean she only changes her needle once a year?!?!?!?
    I have that attachment too and use it every time I clean my machine. I must admit I'm almost as bad as she is when it comes to changing needles. I only change them if my thread starts breaking for no reason, I get tired of hearing the "ca-thunk ca-thunk" sound or it's bent or broken. I haven't seen any difference in the quality of my 1/4" seams. Even the guy at Superior Threads doesn't recommend changing needles as often as some others do. I've heard after every 8 hours, every new project--I don't have money like that to throw needles away if it's not affecting my quilting. I like saving my money for all the other gadrillion gadgets recommended on this board.
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    I sew everyday so I clean my machine at least once a week. It really collects when you sew alot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie View Post
    II must admit I'm almost as bad as she is when it comes to changing needles. I only change them if my thread starts breaking for no reason, I get tired of hearing the "ca-thunk ca-thunk" sound or it's bent or broken. I haven't seen any difference in the quality of my 1/4" seams. Even the guy at Superior Threads doesn't recommend changing needles as often as some others do. I've heard after every 8 hours, every new project--I don't have money like that to throw needles away if it's not affecting my quilting. I like saving my money for all the other gadrillion gadgets recommended on this board.
    I just read someone's blog that recommends changing the needle every "4" hours of sewing! I really don't have money for that!
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    I use the vacume attachment as well. Also I use the long tweezers that we usually use on a serger. One more thing...I was surprised she didn't remove her black bobbin case and clean under it. lint totally builds up under the bobbin case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotta-sew View Post
    I was surprised she didn't remove her black bobbin case and clean under it. lint totally builds up under the bobbin case.
    I agree! I always remove mine.
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    I have never had that much lint build up. I brush mine off with every bobbin change. I would like to know what machine she has. I would have finished up with a vacuum cleaner. I change my needle before I quilt a new quilt, and save it for piecing until it starts making a plucking noise or if it gets bent. If I am home all day I usually sew most of the day.
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    Ok girls I am crazy. I was watching so close when a big piece of lint came out , I blew on my screen. Geez I guess I was really involved in watching. lol

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    Thank you for sharing. The video was very informative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotta-sew View Post
    I use the long tweezers that we usually use on a serger. One more thing...I was surprised she didn't remove her black bobbin case and clean under it. lint totally builds up under the bobbin case.
    I use the long tweezers too -- they are great for getting the lint out. I also use pipe cleaners and I ALWAYS clean under the bobbin case. I have never let my machine get that dirty -- I learned at my Mom's knee that if a machine is kept well cleaned and lubricated the machine will last forever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I have a little attachment that fits on my vacuum cleaner hose, it's small enough to fit in most crevices in my machine and does a great job. A thoroughly cleaned mascara brush works wonders, too! I have to say, I was VERY shocked to hear her say she sews 8-10 hours a day and only changes her needle when she spring cleans - does that mean she only changes her needle once a year?!?!?!?
    I have one of those small attachments too that fit onto my regular vacuum specifically for sucking debris out of the sewing machine. Works good for sucking up random lint in the dryer too. Flannel and fleece dump a lot of lint but I generally clean my bobbin area after every project no matter what I'm sewing on. Can't believe she went that long without cleaning it out. I change my needle when it starts talking to me - kind of a thwacking sound, generally means there's a burr or it's become slightly bent or dull. It's a very definite sound.
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    Does any one know of a sewing machine repair man in Indianapolis,Indiana or Greenfield,Indiana?

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie View Post
    I agree! I always remove mine.
    I agree, also. Also turn the flywheel so the bobbin case holder turns around....the openings in the bottom often show more dust bunnies that I can't see otherwise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jennyb View Post
    Does any one know of a sewing machine repair man in Indianapolis,Indiana or Greenfield,Indiana?
    You could call your local quilt shops to see who they would recommend. Some have authorized technicians/repairmen on staff, too.
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    Woweee!!! That was an amazing amount of lint she removed from her machine.

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    I buy Organ needles from Discount Embroidery Supply, ebay or Amazon for $10-$12 per pack of 100. Their "regular" are sharps and I also buy the large eye for quilting. At these prices I can afford to change them often.

    "...of hearing the "ca-thunk ca-thunk" sound or it's bent or broken. I haven't seen any difference in the quality of my 1/4" seams. Even the guy at Superior Threads doesn't recommend changing needles as often as some others do. I've heard after every 8 hours, every new project--I don't have money like that to throw needles away if it's not affecting my quilting. I like saving my money for all the other gadrillion gadgets recommended on this board.[/QUOTE]

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    Thank you for the link. Instead of using the screwdriver or poking the brush in places I have a long pointed tweezer that I use to pick out the lint. Another thing i like to use when there is less lint are Q-tips, they work great.

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    I use the vacuum cleaner hose also, with a layer of a thin cloth over the end. It reaches places I cannot. It's amazing how much comes out.

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    I usually clean mine like that about once a week, more often if sewing with flannel.
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