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Posted on: 1/4/05 0:32 AM
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This is really a word of warning to all. Before you vaccuum your sewing room please be sure that at the very least all your spools of thread are off the floor, especially the invisible thread spool. I thought I had them all up when I smelled something burning around my vaccuum. Needless to say I had to buy a new vaccuum. The only thing good that came out of this is that I got rid of a vaccuum cleaner that I absolutely hated.

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VtMartha said... (2/27/05 7:56 PM) Reply
Well, gramma J, I always use my shop vac to clean my central vac ;-)
gramma J said... (1/24/05 11:45 AM) Reply
now, tips are needed on how to clean a vacuum.
NanJones said... (1/6/05 5:43 PM) Reply
Trust me, it wasn't the belt. More than half of a large spool of invisible thread got pulled into the vac, melted the part of the machine that holds the beater bar. No way to fix it.
koo104 said... (1/6/05 11:16 AM) Reply
Shop Vacs are the way to go in the workroom. They can pick up all kinds of large items and won't jam up. More than likely it might just be the vacuum belt you smelled. they are cheap and easy to replace if you wanted to.
Miss Fairchild said... (1/6/05 8:25 AM) Reply
Nancy Anne said... (1/5/05 8:43 AM) Reply
I have never vacuumed the actual spool, but I have gotten the loose end of the thread from a spool sucked up in my vacuum. The beater bar unraveled it from the spool. I got the burning smell as well, but it didn't ruin the vacuum, thank heavens! The beater bar can't rotate properly when there is a spool of thread wrapped around the end of it.
SewVeryTall said... (1/5/05 0:21 AM) Reply
Maybe that's why Nan hated this vacuum, since it can pick up something so large? Both my vacs, canister and upright, couldn't pick up a spool of thread, they'd just push it around.
Georgene said... (1/4/05 10:52 PM) Reply
Give me a bare floor anytime for a sewing room. At least then you can tie a magnetic wrist pin holder to the end of your tapemeasure and 'sweep' the floor for pins every so often. I got a big rats' nest in my vacuum tube from pins getting stuck in there and all the threads catching on the pins. Picking pins out of the wall-to-wall carpet is not fun.
Jennifer shaw said... (1/4/05 7:39 PM) Reply
Eep! Well at least you were able to get the vacuum cleaner that you wanted. Pins have a horrid habit of jumping onto my wall to wall carpet.
Gigi Louis said... (1/4/05 6:19 PM) Reply
I'll keep that in mind when I want a new vacuum cleaner. Yikes!
PhyllisC said... (1/4/05 8:53 AM) Reply
It's happened to me - my sewing room has wall-to-wall carpeting, and a few times clear plastic bobbins (which are almost invisible on the carpet) have jammed my vac.
SewVeryTall said... (1/4/05 3:28 AM) Reply
You vacuumed up a spool of thread? I'm surprised that that's even possible while doing the floors.
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