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Thread: The Lint in My Machine OH MY!!

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    A few days ago I read a post on here about cleaning out our machine. Well today as I was zooming along on a binding for a quilt my DH wants to give to a co-worker whos wife had a baby my machine started acting up. So I tried to do the usual lint cleaning but it still would just not work right. I remembered them saying to take either the back or bottom off, well, mine is on the side. Lordy me.....and then I realized also that I had jammed some of that lint onto that wheel while trying to get it out.......If I had taken a picture I guarantee you it would have been a whole hand full of lint and that is no exageration. I am still trying to get some of it out but can tell a big difference already. I think I am gonna have to go get that canned air to be able to get the rest out. Told DH I probably just saved him about $100...........

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    It's almost embarrassing to see all that lint, isnt it? Kind of like looking under the refrigerator.

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    It does collect down there LOL I am amazed at how much and how quickly it accumulates :roll:
    Good you thought to check... maybe freeing up $100 for new fabric :wink: :D:D:D

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    glad you cleaned your lint out of your machine

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    PLEASE don't buy canned air - it will only end up blowing some of the dust/fluff into your machine. Try using a vacuum instead. At least you will suck it out rather than blowing it into the works. I bought a small, cheap hand held one specially for this purpose, but you could equally use one of the attachements on a standard size vacuum.

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    I saw that post too. Thank Goodness! I was having trouble with my feed dogs not staying up. I thought it was a spring or something that needed a trip to the shop. After searching on the internet to find out how to take it all apart-I found so much lint packed under there it looked like felt. I got it all cleaned out and she runs like a champ now! Like having a new machine.

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    I did that once, it was unbelievable, and now I try to clean it at least once a week if I am doing a lot of sewing.

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    I finally got every thing back together and it sews SEW good. OMG how could I have gone so long without doing a better cleaning. I will be more dilegent after this.

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    Take off the plate over the feed dogs. That's the spot. Lint turns into felt, turns into cement if you don't get it out. Really small paint brushes are a godsend in this endeavor.

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    I heard that putting a straw through a hole in the bottom of a paper cup and then put the vacuum hose in the paper cup works. I tried it and it works well. Really gets all the lint out.

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    A few years ago I purchased a little vaccum cleaner attachment kit..to clean out all the lint and bunnies inside the sewing machine. It works great..just need to adjust the suction.

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    I have two industrial machines with motors mounted under the table. To avoid house calls I learned early to keep out the lint and threads (paint brush and tweezers). Only house call has been to replace a burned out motor with a larger one!

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    just think o fit this way,,, it is not lint,, it is company,, like the dust bunnies,,lol.. :-D

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    I am always shocked at how much lint is in there. You reminded me, I need to clean my machines again. Thanks.

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    It doesn't take long for the lint to build up if you use your machine every day for any length of time. I try to clean mine out every time I change my bobbin! It only takes a few minutes and saves me a headache in the long run!!

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    :lol: I bought a mini vac made to clean out machines [maybe from Clotilde] years ago and it does a great job,it has tiny attachments that fit my regular vac.
    Worth its weight in gold.

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    I used to use a can of air and read on here that it has moisture and is not good fro the machine. I have used canned air for years and all three of mine are still working fine. Does anyone know for sure about using air? I think the next time I see one of those mini vacuums for computers , I will get one for my machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunQuilter2
    A few days ago I read a post on here about cleaning out our machine. Well today as I was zooming along on a binding for a quilt my DH wants to give to a co-worker whos wife had a baby my machine started acting up. So I tried to do the usual lint cleaning but it still would just not work right. I remembered them saying to take either the back or bottom off, well, mine is on the side. Lordy me.....and then I realized also that I had jammed some of that lint onto that wheel while trying to get it out.......If I had taken a picture I guarantee you it would have been a whole hand full of lint and that is no exageration. I am still trying to get some of it out but can tell a big difference already. I think I am gonna have to go get that canned air to be able to get the rest out. Told DH I probably just saved him about $100...........
    I READ ON HERE THAT I HAVE BEEN MISTREATING MY FEATHERWEIGHT FOR YEARS BY BLOWING OR USING CANNED AIR TO REMOVE THE LINT. NO,NO,NO,IT CAUSES CONDENSATION AND IS NOT GOOD FOR YOUR MACHINE. PLEASE LISTEN TO YOUR KINDRED SPIRIT FRIENDS AND DONT BLOW...I HAVE STOPPED ALSO. I GET SO MANY GREAT TIPS ON THIS SITE. NANA PAT

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    Another featherweight fan. How cool is that? I have other machines. I use my featherweight c. 1936.

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    I did not get the canned air. I think I got all the lint out, but I am gonna look for the mini vac for it. My vacumn will not work, I tried, cant get close enough to vacumn anything out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishNY
    I heard that putting a straw through a hole in the bottom of a paper cup and then put the vacuum hose in the paper cup works. I tried it and it works well. Really gets all the lint out.
    It is so cool you tried this. I have been trying (since last week) to think of a method to make the vacuum nozzle small and pliable so I can worm it into the machine to pull the lint out. I decided the pliable part could be done with some of my aquarium air line but I haven't had time to think of a solution to reduce the vacuum nozzle hole down to the pencil size of the airline opening. The straw will do that.. We shall see. If I am successful I will update but it may be a week or two before I can play with it.

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    I bought the small vac attachment and used it for other things besides the sewing machine. My computer of course and cleaning out my window air conditioner. Its even cheaper now than when I bought it.
    http://www.clotilde.com/list.html?cr...cuum&x=22&y=12

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    Quote Originally Posted by damaquilts
    I bought the small vac attachment and used it for other things besides the sewing machine. My computer of course and cleaning out my window air conditioner. Its even cheaper now than when I bought it.
    http://www.clotilde.com/list.html?cr...cuum&x=22&y=12
    Nice. I haven't seen anything like this and that was the image I had in my mind to accomplish. You have saved me having to rig up something. Thank-you.

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    I clean mine every project, and could not believe how much I got out last nite!

    I bought some new thread, long staple cotton, or so it said, I am sure that this is where the lint is from, grey lint, grey thread, yellow quilt. I am going to use it anyway, I bought a huge cone of it for piecing.

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    criteria=vacuum&x=22&y=12[/quote]
    Nice. I haven't seen anything like this and that was the image I had in my mind to accomplish. You have saved me having to rig up something. Thank-you.[/quote]

    Glad I could help

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