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Makeup Brush for Cleaning (Tip/Technique)
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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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Sanibelle said...
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....
11/14/07 6:25 AM
misscoleen said...
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
11/14/07 7:52 AM
Kathy_AZ said...
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.
11/14/07 9:21 AM
Mary Stiefer said...
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.
11/14/07 10:11 AM
Linda Mae said...
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.
11/14/07 10:58 AM
seweibhlin said...
good tip, I also use chenille stems(pipe cleaners) to get alot of the fuzz out -works great too.
11/14/07 2:42 PM
Deepika said...
Lots of great ideas! I've used a paint brush to clean the bobbin area too.
11/14/07 6:08 PM
ginaT said...
Just tried it....works like a magnet. Cheers!
11/14/07 7:47 PM
zeoplum said...
I despise those stiff bristles so I'm going to give this a try next time I clean. Thanks!!
11/14/07 10:48 PM
Grammy Gin said...
I use the "blusher" make up brush on my serger, too. It works wonderfully.
11/15/07 9:56 AM
Joey in Katy said...
Good tip -- I've been using a large fluffy brush I got at Ulta for the last year or so ... works great!
11/15/07 12:39 PM
akbevjames said...
Been sewing for years and love this tip! Thank you for sharing!
11/27/07 3:47 AM
bugsnchita said...
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!
12/1/07 1:37 PM
Snell said...
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.
12/6/07 10:52 AM
reallyrob said...
Thanks for this tip! Heck this tip alone is almost worth the cost of membership here! :)
12/24/10 0:25 AM

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