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Monday, November 23, 2009

Can I get arrested for abusing my sewing machine?

Am I at risk for being arrested for sewing machine abuse?  Is there a 10 step program for people like me?  I am usually good about taking my machine in for servicing on an annual (or semi-annual) basis, and I "try" to remember to add a drop of oil every so often, but I must confess I'm not always that good about cleaning after each project (or even cleaning every couple of projects)..

After recently making several charity quilts and ~30 red canvas aprons, plus doing quite a bit of machine embroidery, all without cleaning, I knew I had been pushing the limit of taking care of my machine.  While I'm lucky that she is running like a charm, I think she deserves to go to the sewing machine spa (aka servicing), I just don't want to give her up during the holiday window for a basic cleaning so I'm realizing (a bit late) that I need to do my part to keep her clean, well fed (w/oil) and happy.  But, do I have to the tools to do this?

I've seen advertisements for those vacuum attachment kits that help you clean your sewing machine, but I never got around to ordering one until I saw them available on IHAN.

This mini-vacuum kit easily attached to my vacuum cleaner and allowed me to quickly vacuum up the dirt & dust inside (and outside) of my sewing machine.  I actually had so much fun using this cleaning tool I used it on our computers & keyboards, as well as flat screen tvs, ornate lamps, and other household items that collect dust and dirt in small crevices.  This device really did an excellent job and was easy & fast to use. 

I was so delighted with this vacuum attachment kit that I ordered several kits from IHAN to give to friends that enjoying quilting, sewing & embroidery.

Also, IHAN has a really easy to use online gift registry tool.  You may want to do some online shopping and register for your favorite gifts for your family & friends to buy you for Christmas.  SewCalGal is also registered on this gift registry.  I think this is a great tool.  After all, you don't want to end up with a "worst gift" this Christmas!


clare's craftroom said...

Thanks for all that , you've reminded me my girl could do with a clean !

Beena said...

Sounds more like neglect than abuse....but that you have remedied the situation (wink)!

I had a machine seize up on me right before Christmas, mid project, one year. Luckily, all it needed was some oiling. I'm happy to report I wasn't arrested, and got off with a stiff warning from my Mom about maintenance.

The vacuum kit sounds like a great idea for cleaning many nooks and crannies.

Karen in Tucson said...

Gosh, she looked just like mine yesterday morning only filled with black fuzz and threads. Every other time I change my bobbin I clean and put in that drop of oil. Makes so much difference and she hums instead of clunks!! Will check out the vacuum. Karen

imquilternity said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing. I think I'll look into getting a kit.

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

I took a class once from Libby Lehman, thread expert and machine quilter extraordinaire, and before we even began, she did a lesson on cleaning the sewing machine. Now I keep my oil bottle, a box of Q-tips, and a pack of pipe cleaners next to my machine. And EVERY time I change bobbins, I pull out the bobbin case, put a drop of oil on a Q-tip, swab out the whole bobbin area, and run a pipe cleaner around everything including the bobbin race and tension. Add a drop of oil, and PURRR! My Bernina is now about fifteen years old and still purrs. The vacuum kit looks like a great idea, and would be especially helpful with my embellishing (needle-felting) machine, which collects tons of fuzz.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Thank you or sharing your experience with everyone. I appreciate your thoughtfulness!!!

I love mine too....they really do work wonderfully.