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Message Board > Sewing Machines > How to remove threads from a bobbin case? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 1/30/13 5:52 PM

I'm cleaning out the bobbin case area because of a occasional noise while sewing. When in doubt, clean the machine. I can see 2 little white threads down below the bobbin case. I manage with the brush and the long forceps to get one out. But I can get the other one out. The options I can see are compressed air or a mini vacuum. The air would move the thread, but there is no way to get it out from below. I've never used the mini vac and just wanted to be sure it wouldn't cause a problem. There are other screws I could loosen, but there is nothing in the manual about using them. And I killed my last machine by taking too much apart. I have a Singer Signature which is a computerized machine, it's not really designed to be taken apart by the owner. There are NO instructions beyond taking the plate off and the bobbin case out to clean. So what's the best option for getting the little threads out?
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Date: 1/30/13 6:40 PM

My tech said "Never ever" use compressed air especially on a computer machine. Use the mini vac, or try turning the hand wheel towards you manually to see if you gain better access.

In the summer I purchased a used serger that had been serviced but still ran rough. When I removed the bottom plate it was packed with lint. The air just drove the lint deeper into the machine, almost chocked the motor.

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Date: 1/30/13 7:11 PM

For threads that seem to be really stuck, I like to drench them in SM oil, then grasp with a really good pair of tweezers or forceps. Note - Serger tweezers are really bad for this - get a pair from a hobby or hardware store. Then, rock the hand wheel back and forth and try to tease the thread out of whatever is holding it. If it breaks off, you definitely will need to take stuff apart to extricate its back end.

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Date: 1/30/13 7:38 PM

Vacuuming things out is almost always fine to do, even on actual computers. Compressed air is not always a good idea. Good luck!

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Date: 1/30/13 7:43 PM

The thread isn't stuck, I simply can't get a hold of it. I have long forceps and I just can't get in where I need to. It's below and to the side of the bobbin case. I can see it but I can't get to it. I think I'm going to try the mini vac, even if I can't get it out, if I can get it up higher then I should be able to get a grip on it. My hubby took a look at it and can't find the thread. I think what I was seeing was part of a fuzzball. I'm still getting the mini vac though, I think the machine needs it. That will be this weekend. I'm always open to suggestions and ideas though.
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Date: 1/31/13 0:01 AM

Tape a cotton swab to the forceps, they grab lint and fuzz like a lint/fuzz magnet!

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Date: 1/31/13 10:11 AM

Ooh, that's an idea! Going to give that a try today, seems like a simple low tech idea. Which is a good thing since I have everything I need to do this. We'll get the mini vac this weekend, but this will help me get more of the lint out of the machine. This will get a try after breakfast. Will report back after the attempt.
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Date: 1/31/13 11:18 AM

It worked! Not only did I get the little piece of thread that I saw, I got another piece that I didn't see. And a whole lot of lint. I clean my machine once a week also, kinda scary when you see that much lint. A mini vac is a high priority for me. But at least I got out the thread I saw. I will remember that tip, easy, cheap and low tech but very effective. But I feel much better that my machine is cleaned out. Thanks so much for the tip!
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Date: 1/31/13 11:54 AM

Glad that worked for you.

I have a mini vac (sold with computer supplies) mini vac that attaches to the home vacuum cleaner. It not only cannot get to where you need it most, it does not have enough power to suction out (have tried it on several vacumn cleaners) from where that cotton swab can go.

I keep a container of swabs in my sewing stash for cleaning the bobbin area along with a magnifying glass for many things that are now too small to see or read (mostly needle size imprinted on the shaft of the needle).

And, before anyone adds to this, no the lid on the Schmetz needle case does not work as a magnifier, at least not for me.







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Date: 1/31/13 2:10 PM

Think I'll add the swabs and a little magnifying glass to my sewing kit. The swabs for cleaning the the magnifying glass for my lack of vision-I really need bifocalsAnd the mini vac too, they will all join the unusual items in the sewing kit, which in my case means the band aids! Between the pins and the rotary cutter, I use the band aids at least once a week. It's amazing what your sewing kit contains. The help has been much appreciated from everyone!
Mary

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