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Tools of the Trade: Mini Vacuum

I have been doing a lot of sewing on my sewing machine lately. As we get closer to Christmas my m trusty Bernina workhorse has to run 4 hours a day on average.

I found that one of the most essential tools in keeping my sewing machine clean and running is a miniature vacuum cleaner. Instead brushing lint out or  blowing the dirt into your machine you must remove it by sucking it out. I got the idea from my husband who is using a miniature vacuum for his computer keyboard. You can find a mini vacuum at any office supply store such as Office Depot or Office Max. I think mine cost about $20. After a couple of hours of sewing I open up my machine and vacuum the inside. Then I take out all the removable parts and brush the lint off. I oil the moving parts and put them back in.

Since I own only one sewing machine it’s crucial to take good care of it. I simply can’t afford to have it fixed or serviced this time of year.

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  1. Great idea! I hardly ever remember to clean out my sewing machine, until it jams and I can’t figure out why, and then peek inside and see all that lint!

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