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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > serger cleaning and maintenance ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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serger cleaning and maintenance
canned air, yes or no
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Date: 10/3/12 9:10 PM

Some people, even Nancy Zieman, say it is ok to use canned air to clean sergers. Others say absolutely not - I just signed up for a craftsy class and the part on cleaning the serger said "never use canned air". I have a Babylock evolution which I love and hope to have for a very long time. I want to keep it clean and well maintained but am in a quandry as to exactly how. What are your thoughts and how do you keep your sergers clean? thanks so much for sharing - I learn so much here.

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Date: 10/3/12 9:18 PM

Posted this in another thread, too...those tiny vacuum attachments (Clotilde's or Nancy's Notions or some such place sells them) work wonders...you aren't pushing debris back into the machine.

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Date: 10/3/12 10:21 PM

Juanita47, I've been using a vacuum and the little attachments that Chagma mentioned above. Yesterday I visited a Babylock dealer and asked the same question of him that you're asking here. Regarding canned air, he basically said that it depends on whether or not your serger has a side door "in addition to the front door", so that you can blow the debris *through and out* the other end and not have it pack inside. Vacuuming is the better option for my Brother 1034D, which only has a front door opening for cleaning, so I'm glad I've been cleaning it this way (and thank you Mufffet, for that cleaning tip).

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Date: 10/3/12 10:26 PM

I use a small paintbrush (cheap) to clean out a lot of the dust & debris and then vacuum it up with one of those small vacuums. I find it hard to get even those small attachments INTO the machine, so the painbrush works really well. AFTER I've cleaned the majority of the debris out, I will use a little canned air to get any pieces I might have missed, but I use it sparingly and aim it more toward the side rather than straight in.

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Date: 10/3/12 10:33 PM

I heard the problem with canned air is sometimes there is moisture in it because of the propellents which is not so good for the inner working of a sewing machine. I use the vacuum and Microbrush tips seen here.

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Date: 10/3/12 11:52 PM

They use these mini compressors to clean computers... I assume they get a thumbs up for sergers and sewing machines
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Date: 10/4/12 0:10 AM

Juanita47 - I was at a class given by the Bobbin Doctor (he maintains and repairs sewing machines and sergers). He said never use compressed air on sergers or sewing machines, his example: a customer brought a serger in it was perfectly clean in the looper area, but it wouldn't work, wouldn't auto thread. The compressed air that the customer used to clean her BL evolution was packed with lint into the tubes for (auto threading).

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Date: 10/4/12 1:06 AM

Great information - I also have a BL Evolution and did buy canned air. The Evolution does have a side door, but I will be more wary now. When I bought it, I asked how best to clean it and was told about the canned air..............will question them more next time I'm in the shop.

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Date: 10/4/12 1:16 AM

I use canned air but do hold the nozzle a ways from the interior of the machine. But my serger is a mechanical only. So there really isn't any damage done.

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Date: 10/4/12 1:19 AM

Thanks for all this information, really helpful. I have used a slightly stubby paint brush, make sure it's not a cheap one to avoid loose hairs will that may get caught and remain in side BL serger or any sm. I also use the tiny vacuum , it works well. Good for computer keyboards too.

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