Thursday, April 17, 2014

EEEEEEEEEE YUCK!

How often do you clean out your machine?  No, really?  Once a week, once a month, once a year....like never?  Well, I learned long ago the importance of cleaning my sewing machine.  I sew every day, and our threads, quilters cottons and batting all shed lots and lots of fibers.  Even my sewing machine guy, Larry, says that I should clean it out about once a month!  Well, like I said, I sew every day and have found that the once a month rule does not apply to me.  I try to clean "Ellie" out at least every other week.  Here's why.....


This is only 2 weeks after a good cleaning!  Yes, I did quilt 7 quilts in that time frame, but this is awful!


I used this brush and a long nosed tweezer (thanks Cindy!) to get all this gunk out.  I know I am full of a lot of hot air, but I could never get this all out by blowing on it.


It's finally time to put in a new needle and get her all back together.  I have way to much sewing to do to leave her exposed!!


And here she is ready to start a new project!  I hope that this little show and tell gets you into the habit of cleaning out your best sewing buddy!

8 comments:

Amy at love made my home said...

I do very little sewing, but next time I do I think that I better start by cleaning out my machine as I have never cleaned it - ever! Poor machine, I didn't realise they could get like this! Better hup to and sort it out!! Happy sewing! xx

Patchwork and Play said...

I have a definite sense of satisfaction on cleaning out the lint from my sewing machine! Might be time to do it again!

Debra said...

This looks strikingly familiar! LOL Thanks for the reminder.

Kim said...

It's amazing isn't it, how much gunk gathers in one's sewing machine!! I know that I always seem to be cleaning mine.

Needled Mom said...

I am always amazed at how much junk collects there. I actually clean my machine at least once a week.

Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...

I give the bobbin thingy a brushout at least every couple of days depending on how much I'm sewing. And a 'deep clean' once a week or so.

September Violets said...

The dust accumulating on my sewing machine lately has all been topside :( When I am sewing regularly, I probably only do it once a month, or when I notice the fluff build-up when I change the bobbins. Wendy

made by ChrissieD said...

I clean Buss and Ellen, my sewing machines, every time I sit down at them and sometimes several times in one sewing sitting if there's a lot of lint building :D

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