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Action Dreamer | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi to Everybody,

I am new to the discussion group and have been enjoying the reading.  Enjoying Ha!  This group is better than any antidepressant I have ever heard off.  I get a high just reading all the information everyone so generously provides.  You are all so positive, encouraging and funny and I wholeheartedly thank you for this. 

I do have a question I hope someone can help me with.  In the latest Threads (May#130) on page 30 under Basics there is a description for a hand vacuum and a mini vacuum-attachment kit.  Has anyone ever used either or, and if so, which do you prefer?  At present I am using soft brushes, but I think that vacuuming would do a much more thorough job.  Your advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you 


  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    I bought a set of vacuum attatchments from my sewing machine dealer.  I use it faithfully to keep my machines and computer clean.  It really makes a difference and catches those little thread snips that like to hide in crevices.  It works with my upright vac and my little car vacuum. 

    I also think this site is a great antidepressant and motivator of all things sewing.  We do get off track from time to time.  But that's what friends do.  Hope to hear more from you!  Mary

  2. Alexandra | | #2

    I bought the mini vaccum attachments at a sew convention many years ago and never regretted it.  It is especially helpful to clean the lower part of the serger.

    Welcome to the forum.

  3. loomchick | | #3

    I bought the vaccuum attachments a couple of years ago and really like them.  I was taught many years ago NOT to use the cans of compressed air since blowing out lint, etc. will also blow it further into your machine . . . using the vaccuum attachments to extract fluff from machines, crumbs from keyboards, etc. is a much solution.

  4. spicegirl | | #4

    Thanks for including the page number, I had to re-visit the article to see which vac was featured.  My husband is a vacuum nut!  We have just about everyone made, much to my displeasure.

    I bought the mini vac-attachment kit many years ago and have found it to be an excellent product - this is one that I saw before my husband did and I do not allow it to go into the garage!

    I have his hand-me-down Shark Euro-Pro cordless, unlike the one listed in the article mine has to be re-charged - that's why it was rejected by my husband - I'm more patient than he is and use it to clean up the cutting table surface.  Like most rechargeable vacs it is for small clean ups.  It looks like the Turbo has a cord and should do a fine job.

    Another vac, not mentioned in the article, that I like to use at the embroidery machine is the Dirt Devil Detailer.  It is a cute little thing, about the size of a large banana and has one brush attachment.  I use it to clean up small thread snips - less chance of snagging the design as when using tweezers.

  5. antibelle | | #5

    I bought the Durabrand "Dual Action Power Vacuum / Blower" from Wal-mart just recently for just over $20, and it comes with 15 attatchments. Great deal, I think. And it is one of the plug-in, corded mini vacs. I hope to get a little more mileage out of my yearly tune-ups with a lot less junk clogging up the serger, especially. Check it out, if you're in the market.

  6. solosmocker | | #6

    I bought one from my machine dealer. I use it every time I finish a garment and also on my computer. Can't imagine being without it.

  7. diday | | #7

    I've used the mini attachments with my portable vacuum cleaner for years for sewing machine and office equipment and wouldn't be without them. My portable is a bit larger than the one pictured in Threads but it also has a washable cloth dust cup which can be turned inside out to empty. When I use the vac for the copy machine I line the cup with a Lint-Free Wipe (for cleaning office equipment) to easily remove and discard in case it picks up toner dust. Before using mini attachments I try to pick up any pieces of thread or fabric that might get caught in the brushes or narrow crevices.

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