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.
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!