Nevertheless, the life and effectiveness of any machine can be extended with simple maintenance, and my aim here is to show you how.
For demonstration purposes in this Instructable I will use a vintage machine probably dating from the 1950's or 60's because it's easier to show the mechanism, however, all machines work in the same way.
Between the feed dogs is a favourite place for it to collect.
Remove the needle, the foot and the needle plate to facilitate cleaning.
On a vintage machine as shown, the mechanism is hinged on a wooden base and can be lowered into a horizontal position and rested on a pile of fat books for easy access to the underneath.
Take care not to insert it too far or to damage the plastic.
Angling the spatula so as to lift one side of the case whilst depressing the other should release a nearby clip.
The needle plate is a plate beneath the foot with cut-outs through which the feed dogs protrude, generally secured by one or two screws.
Where the dust and fluff has become matted you can pick it out with a pin or a needle, otherwise use a brush and/or a vacuum cleaner crevice tool.