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Tips & Techniques > Cleaning the bobbin area

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Posted on: 11/24/04 6:59 AM
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I know I shouldn't, but I really use thread on wooden spools. It's mostly for doll clothes and zig-zagging the edges of new material before it goes into the wash, but I have so much from various second-hand sources, it seems a shame to toss it.

One thing, though, it's usually quite dusty, and the fibers tend to shed, which gets the dread enemy dust into my new machine. So I made up a new little rule - every time I change the bobbin, make up a new one, etc., I have to 'sweep' out the bobbin area with the miniature whisk broom that came with the machine. Averages out to at least twice a project, and my projects are usually quite short. While I'm at it, I also clean the throat plate and feed dogs. The mini dust bunnies that are liberated get to continue life in a peanut butter jar with their friends for a while, before I toss 'em out with the regular trash.

It's actually quite fun, and I could be accused of making small bobbins so I can whisk out the area more frequently !

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Sally in UK said... (3/2/05 8:19 AM) Reply
I use an old toothbrush to clean the bobbin area.
SewVeryTall said... (11/27/04 1:15 AM) Reply
Good tip, a clean machine is a well-running machine.
edube said... (11/25/04 3:09 PM) Reply
Thanks for reminding us of this chore which really needs to be done from time to time.
edube said... (11/25/04 3:08 PM) Reply
Thanks for reminding us of this chore which needs to be done from time to time.
Lilibet said... (11/24/04 5:04 PM) Reply
Bette, Thanks for the tip, but where is the clutch? Is it in the same area as the bobbin?
Bette said... (11/24/04 11:54 AM) Reply
I took a lesson from a Bernina dealer that recommeded putting a drop of oil on your finger and run it around the clutch and the area where your bobbin lives. Do this every other project. Great if I can only remember to do this. Bette
 
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