I did replace the screws with philips heads and got a squatty little screwdriver so at least the screwing/unscrewing part is easier. I tried a bunch of different brushes and none were very good. Everyone says NEVER use canned air to blow it out. And, this makes sense because all you are really doing is blowing the lint way back into the machine.
So I started hunting around for some kind of suction. And I found this little vacuum. I didn't have a lot of hopes but knew I could send it right back to Amazon if it didn't do what I needed it to. It came today. I plugged it in and then got into the sewing machine lint trap and started sucking and wow! 10 seconds to do a way better job than I can do in 5 minutes.
Then I dragged it across the room and sucked up all the litter that Zoey had scattered. Then I cleaned out a couple of crevices in the desk that had been driving me crazy. Then I sucked up all the dust on my laptop. I LOVE THIS THING!!!!!