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Posted on: 3/26/06 11:49 AM
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After a lot of serging on polarfleece, my serger blades were coated with a light film of who-knows-what and weren't cutting as well as before the marathon polarfleece sewathon. One of the members of a sewing list suggested that I try cleaning them with a cotton swab and alcohol. Magic! Not only was the film gone, the blades were cutting nicely again.

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Christas said... (4/21/09 9:39 AM) Reply
Excellent tip!
Danielle said... (5/28/06 6:16 PM) Reply
Very useful tip! Thanks!
Linda E. said... (4/5/06 9:06 AM) Reply
Alcohol is great for cleaning the different parts on the sewing machine and serger it does not cause rust like water can.
Patti B said... (4/4/06 9:26 AM) Reply
bluebirdie -- so glad that it worked for you!
bluebirdie said... (4/3/06 2:21 AM) Reply
I just bought an used serger and used this tip on the gummed-up-blades. It worked wonders!
Deb Bee said... (3/31/06 7:34 PM) Reply
Great to know! I also use rubbing alcohol to clean my needles when I am sewing glitter dot fabric on my regular sewing machine. (I would NEVER run that stuff through a serger!). I love cheap, simple fixes!
NoraNora said... (3/27/06 11:45 AM) Reply
Great Tip! Thanks for posting it! I wonder if I've thrown away blades that could have just been cleaned? I'm going to try this today!
PhyllisC said... (3/26/06 1:29 PM) Reply
Patti, I was just about to suggest that you post this tip! I'm glad you did.
 
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