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Posted on: 11/14/07 0:20 AM
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While taking a "New Users Class" for my sewing machine last Saturday, the teacher mentioned that she uses a soft makeup brush for cleaning in and around the bobbin area of her machines. She had a nice largish makeup brush to demonstrate, and the difference between the results with that brush and with the rather stiff little brushes we usually clean out our machines with is amazing!

It was the best piece of info I carried away from the class, and I am going to buy a set at the drugstore with a few sizes..the soft brush gets in there and really picks up the fluff without needed to be stuck in forcefully.

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reallyrob said... (12/24/10 0:25 AM) Reply
Thanks for this tip! Heck this tip alone is almost worth the cost of membership here! :)
Snell said... (12/6/07 10:52 AM) Reply
I use cosmetic brushes on all my machines and have for years. They pick up the lint so much better than the ones that come with the machines.
bugsnchita said... (12/1/07 1:37 PM) Reply
at last! an escape from the stiff little brush that came with my machine. Now I have a great use for the underutilized paint brushes in my art box. thanks for sharing this tip!
akbevjames said... (11/27/07 3:47 AM) Reply
Been sewing for years and love this tip! Thank you for sharing!
Joey in Katy said... (11/15/07 12:39 PM) Reply
Good tip -- I've been using a large fluffy brush I got at Ulta for the last year or so ... works great!
Grammy Gin said... (11/15/07 9:56 AM) Reply
I use the "blusher" make up brush on my serger, too. It works wonderfully.
zeoplum said... (11/14/07 10:48 PM) Reply
I despise those stiff bristles so I'm going to give this a try next time I clean. Thanks!!
ginaT said... (11/14/07 7:47 PM) Reply
Just tried like a magnet. Cheers!
Deepika said... (11/14/07 6:08 PM) Reply
Lots of great ideas! I've used a paint brush to clean the bobbin area too.
seweibhlin said... (11/14/07 2:42 PM) Reply
good tip, I also use chenille stems(pipe cleaners) to get alot of the fuzz out -works great too.
Linda Mae said... (11/14/07 10:58 AM) Reply
I went to a Featherweight 221 maintenance class and the teacher recommended the 1" bristle, cheap brush in the paint department of either Lowes or Home Depot (usually under $1). I have about 4 around my sewing area and use them all the time to get the fuzzies out of the machines.
Mary Stiefer said... (11/14/07 10:11 AM) Reply
Brushes, other than what comes with your machine, really do work. I have been using some old sable paintbrushes I use for water color painting and they seem to pick everything up. Love it. So - here is an alternative if you don't want to use a makeup brush.
Kathy_AZ said... (11/14/07 9:21 AM) Reply
While I haven't tried this yet, I've also heard that using a clean mascara brush (the testers used at cosmetics counters) is also very effective in cleaning SM's.
misscoleen said... (11/14/07 7:52 AM) Reply
Hi Muffet, what a great idea. I have a broken (handle is broken) makeup brush that i was going to toss. Love to recycle. Thanks coleen
Sanibelle said... (11/14/07 6:25 AM) Reply
The small stiff brush that came with my new machine doesn't seem very effective at all. Thank you so much for sharing this, muffet. Off to the drugstore....
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