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Topic: Newbie Alert: how do you clean a hand carder?  (Read 4773 times)
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tazzsangel19
« on: August 07, 2008 01:42:56 PM »

Ok I have a spindle, and some decent roving to practice with (yeah). I was given a hand carder but it still has a little bit of fiber in it that I dont want. I wanted to blend some of the colors of the roving, so I was wondering how do you clean the fibers from a hand carder. Thanks for any responses.
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2008 02:40:18 PM »

place the carders so both handles are together, wires facing.

using the 'toe' end (the end with the handle is the 'heel' end), 'sweep' the fiber from the other card in short strokes from toe to heel.  Remove fiber from heel end.  Switch cards and repeat.

If you looke quick, you can see it on this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhQcadvDO0o&
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2008 02:52:58 PM »

Wow she's fast, and thanks I feel so newbish right now!
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2008 05:40:00 AM »

Bet she's been doing it a long, long, long time!
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2008 03:30:05 PM »

I find a lace weight crochet hook is fantastic.
Yes, you have to drag it though and it takes some time but MAN it works well!
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trinabrielle
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2008 04:23:00 PM »

I find a lace weight crochet hook is fantastic.
Yes, you have to drag it though and it takes some time but MAN it works well!

I wish I had thought of that a few weeks ago! I got a couple sets of hand carders that hadn't been used in 20+ years. I sat there with toothpicks cleaning out every row and column! After that I took the vacuum to them to make sure I got everything. Now they're nice and clean.
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2008 08:43:55 PM »

I use a comb to clean mine.
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Puddnik
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2008 07:36:45 PM »

I've personally found a dog brush to be both the quickest, and most thorough method to clean my cards. Gets every bit of fiber stuck between the wires. The teeth on the dog brush I use are a very close angle to my cards, but with a softer metal that "gives" and won't hurt the carders.

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