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    Does anyone have a stick vac or a handheld that they like? I would like a small one dedicated to clean up threads and schnizzles in my sewing area as the big vacuum we have is hard to maneuver in my small area and then the threads get caught in the beaterbar. It would be nice for cleaning off the desk surfaces too.

    I would love to hear if anyone has something they like using.

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    I have one and I like it for small jobs. It is basically a dust buster on a handle. As a matter of fact, it can come off to use as a dust buster and to empty it. Mine is made by Electrolux and sits in a stand up charger. You would probably like it for your small space. It is handy for kitchen crumbs, too.

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    I have a datavac that is really small - I use it to clean my machine. It is originally for computers. But I like it.

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    I have a small "computer" keyboard one...no name brand..been using it for years.

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    I have a cordless Shark. I just love it. I am on my second one. I did purchase a Electrolux cordless and ended up taking it back and getting another Shark. I have to cut the threads off of the brushes about once a month but it isn't that hard to do. I have carpet in the sewing room so I do need a vacumm.

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    I have a hand held Dirt Devil that I got at Bed Bath and Beyond for 19.99. It sorta works for the keyboard, computer, but not strong enough to pick up all the mess.
    I would never buy one like it again. i would go for something with a little more power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    I have a cordless Shark. I just love it. I am on my second one. I did purchase a Electrolux cordless and ended up taking it back and getting another Shark. I have to cut the threads off of the brushes about once a month but it isn't that hard to do. I have carpet in the sewing room so I do need a vacumm.
    I use the Shark too and love it :lol:

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    I have a Dirt Devil which does an awesome job and it is a stick vacuum. i also have a Mini Shop Vac with tiny attachments that work for the computer as well as my sewing room strings, etc. They both make clean up a breeze.

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    I have a portable Oreck with all the small attachments for cleaning the computer and my sewing machines, as well as all the threads, etc from the floor. It works very well, have had it for years.

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    I had one, it died and when I went last week to find another one, I hard a very hard time...and when I did finally find a small one, they wanted $60 for it...WTH?? not in this life time.....

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    I've been using the lint roller, for quick pick ups.
    And have been considering purchasing a small carpet sweeper.

    Someone posted recently that they have a toilet brush in their sewing area, to brush up the threads from the carpet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    I've been using the lint roller, for quick pick ups.
    And have been considering purchasing a small carpet sweeper.

    Someone posted recently that they have a toilet brush in their sewing area, to brush up the threads from the carpet.
    ooohh..I bet that works good..I have a carpet sweeper, but it won't get under or into tight spots..the toilet brush would though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rushdoggie
    Does anyone have a stick vac or a handheld that they like? I would like a small one dedicated to clean up threads and schnizzles in my sewing area as the big vacuum we have is hard to maneuver in my small area and then the threads get caught in the beaterbar. It would be nice for cleaning off the desk surfaces too.

    I would love to hear if anyone has something they like using.
    I use an Oreck hand held and it does the job. I use it also for cleaning up threads and puzels (pronounced poozels) (this word came from my German grandmother, who was a quilter and seamstress! Love the homey quilting words!!!! Edie

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    I've been using the lint roller, for quick pick ups.
    And have been considering purchasing a small carpet sweeper.

    Someone posted recently that they have a toilet brush in their sewing area, to brush up the threads from the carpet.
    What a good idea...my sewing area is part low nap carpet and part laminate floor.

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    I have the same one. Don't like it for the same reason. At least I got 20% off with my coupon, so not a big loss.

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    I have the same one. Don't like it for the same reason. At least I got 20% off with my coupon, so not a big loss.

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    We just bought a small vac made by AC Delco. It has micro attachments for computer and sewing machine cleanup. DH makes scale model wooden boats and it works for his hobby surface too. Not as handy as I would like, but very strong suction and versatile.

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    I had a small Shark vac/electric - worked great, but burned the motor out cleaning up sawdust. DUMB!! Then I bought an electric Bissell stick vacumn. It is great for picking up thread, and now I don't need to bend down. It's the size of a battery dirt devil, but also has a floor attachment with wheels, and a small crevice tool, stick handle detaches when needed. I got it for $15 from Walmart, on sale. Normally they run $20. After using a few weeks, I went and bought a second one for upstairs for the kitchen and laundry room. Love them!!!

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    Restoring machines has put us in the market for several vacuums after I almost ruined my household one by getting a needle wedged in the hose sideways and an enormous dog hair jam. Thankfully my husband had a better idea to my jamming a roll of wire through the hose. He took it to the self car wash and blasted it- out shot glob after glob of hair.
    We use a small hand vac that has a narrow tip on it to clean around and even in some areas of cases and machines. for the floor we keep a bagless,hoseless, brushless mini stick vac so that threads, needles etc don't ruin it. The cost of a small vac for the sewing area is well worth the cost of ruining your more expensive one and or dragging pins and needles through the house where somoeone gets hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by writerwomen
    Restoring machines has put us in the market for several vacuums after I almost ruined my household one by getting a needle wedged in the hose sideways and an enormous dog hair jam. Thankfully my husband had a better idea to my jamming a roll of wire through the hose. He took it to the self car wash and blasted it- out shot glob after glob of hair.
    We use a small hand vac that has a narrow tip on it to clean around and even in some areas of cases and machines. for the floor we keep a bagless,hoseless, brushless mini stick vac so that threads, needles etc don't ruin it. The cost of a small vac for the sewing area is well worth the cost of ruining your more expensive one and or dragging pins and needles through the house where somoeone gets hurt.
    What brand do you have? I think I would be happy with anything with really good suction...

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    I use a small SHOP VAC, and it works great no piece to large or small, also can get attachment to do small work like computer keyboards and sewing machines. Lowes has a top that will fit a five gal bucket ( any kind) for about 20.00. I use mine all the time, even to clean the fire place and fish pond.

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    I also have a portable Oreck with attachments. I really like it. It is older and have used it for a long time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Unique Creations
    I have a portable Oreck with all the small attachments for cleaning the computer and my sewing machines, as well as all the threads, etc from the floor. It works very well, have had it for years.

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    I bought one from Nancy's Notions. When it came it didn't have small attachments and I wasn't happy with it so I emailed them and suggested they say in the catalog that it did not have small enough attachments for the bobbin area. They never even replied so I'll never shop there again. I hate when companies ignore customers.

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