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    What do you use to clean the lint out of your machine with?

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    It depends on how bad. I have a small brush as well as small vacumn attachments. And then I use the can of air spray like you use on computers.

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    Don't use canned air on your machines. It drives the lint into the machine's moving parts and can cause costly repairs. It's also very cold, and that's not good for electronic machines. I use a q-tip with one drop of machine oil on it. It attracts the lint and safely removes it. Use the brush that comes with your machine also. Clean your machine often to avoid repairs also.

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    the canned air appears to be helpful because the machine is cleaner to the naked eye. however, it isn't a good idea.

    the pressurized air drives the lint and other foreign matter deeper into the mechanisms. over time, it does more harm than good.

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    I use a small (pencil sized) paint brush.

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    I use the brush that comes with the machine and also pipe cleaners. They seem to grab the lint and fuzz build-up real well.

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    I use the brush that came with the machine and sometimes the vaccum when it makes it up to the sewing room. I clean the machine after every top I quilt. It's amazing how much lints builds up that you can see, imagine what you can't see. Like the qtip idea.

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    I use a pipe cleaner, bent in half often.Now & then I remove the bobbin & blow some canned air in it.

    Don't get much lint unless using flannel/fleece & that's one reason for using good thread...less lint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    the canned air appears to be helpful because the machine is cleaner to the naked eye. however, it isn't a good idea.

    the pressurized air drives the lint and other foreign matter deeper into the mechanisms. over time, it does more harm than good.
    I just bought a new machine and in the manual it states in large letters not to use the canned air and also not to blow into it, it blows the dust into the machine causing damage.

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    I use tiny makeup brushes to remove the lint from the bobbin area after every change of the bobbin. I also lift up the plate (can't think of it's name) under the needle to make sure the feed dogs are nice and lint free also. I do have those tiny vacuum tools that I use for the computer and also bobbin area when necessary. I too, have been told not to use the canned air.

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    I use a small paint brush

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    I use a Q-tip! Works great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    I use a small (pencil sized) paint brush.
    I agreed. I do add one drop of machine oil to the paint brush as I think it helps to grab the lint. I also clean after each bobbin change.

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    I use a small brush too. Where do you find the small vacuum attatchments? I've looked but can't seem to find them.

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    I use a pipe cleaner. It can reach way down in the bottom and grabs the lint really well. It's also bendable so it can get around things the brush can't get to.

    The repairman said never used canned air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by finch
    What do you use to clean the lint out of your machine with?
    I use a clean unused paint brush - sounds like a little drop of machine oil is a good idea also. It is surprising how much lint is depostited in the bobbin case - I use the brush every time I change bobbins.

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    I use a small paint brush. I was once told from a machine knitter (they have lots of lint problems, too) to use a nylon brush because it will attract more lint because of static. I also clean the bobbin case with a Q-tip with a drop of oil to finish the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dingle
    I use a small brush too. Where do you find the small vacuum attatchments? I've looked but can't seem to find them.
    Here's a link to the kind I have. Mine came with my Oreck, these are exactly the same as mine.

    http://www.shopbot.com.au/ps-micro-v...-15720555.html

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    I use an old paint brush too!

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    I use a very fine paintbrush - but with a looonnngg handle - since I dropped the small short brush which came with the machine down into the works!

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    I use a small paint brush but like the idea of using the Q-tip which I am going to try!

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    A tiny brush, qtips, my stiletto.
    I have used pipe cleaners until my grands cleaned me out of them for craft projects LOL :D:D:D

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    I use an air compressor. The canned air is NOT good for your machines. My DH laughed at me wanting an air compressor until he read the label on the canned air. He doesn't want to have to buy me another sewing machine.

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    I have 2 small lint brushes that I use in conjunction with the little vacuum cleaner. I can loosen the lint and suck it up at the same time.

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    I use a small eyebrow brush, as well as the small vacuum attachments I got from Clotilde. Smitty, my sewing machine guy, told me to never use compressed air because that will force the lint/dust deeper into the machine and cause bigger problems down the line.

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