Fluff in the machine

Chris has been busy finishing off things.  One thing we always say to students is – remember to clean out your machine and change the needle regularly, preferably each time you start a new project. Chris was quilting a not very big quilt (about 36 inches square) when the bobbin ran out. After a few mutterings a new one was ready but when Chris took the old one out there seemed to be quite a bit of fluff in the feed dogs; despite having de-fluffed the machine before starting. So … the bobbin race and feed dogs were dismembered and thoroughly cleaned out with the handy brush provided for the purpose. This was the result –

All that fluff from half a quite small quilt. Yeurgh. No wonder the machine was starting to make noises.  So Chris’s new resolution is – when quilting, do what we preach in classes – clean the fluff out every time the bobbin is changed.  As well as every new project.  And actually, looking at the state of Chris’s sewing room, perhaps wielding the vacuum cleaner after every quilt has been finished would not be a bad idea – the fluff everywhere isn’t quite the same proportions as the fluff in the machine, but there’s a fair amount of it on every available surface.  This of course is why we buy fabric – to cover every available surface so the dust and fluff don’t show.  Then there’s the whole other thing about frequent and judicious use of the lightweight sewing machine oil that should be within easy reach of every sewing machine …  and the new needle for every new project…..  We were really careful to point out all these basic ongoing maintenance issues in Right From The Start

Very much a case of do as we say perhaps?!

Footnote:   Unrelated to fluffy machines and good maintenance practice, you might want to hop over to http://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.co.uk/ to take a look at the excellent tutorial on stitching curved seam units.

3 thoughts on “Fluff in the machine

    • It really depends on the machine and what the manual recommends. Between us we drive Husqvarna and Berninas ancient and modern. The ancient Bernina responds really well to regular oiling attention – not in quantity but certainly frequently at all the spots identified in the manual. The newer Bernina needs oil less frequently but still feels better for a complete de-fluff and a drop of oil on the specified points. Always a good plan to talk to someone where you take the machine for full servicing and get their opinion too.

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