Tip & How-To about Tri-Flow Synthetic Food Grade Grease, N.L.G.I. Grade 2, Gun Cartridge

Sewing Machine Maintenance

Sewing machines need specific grease & oil to keep parts moving freely. Never use 3-in-1 Oil, or white lithium grease. 3-in-1 turns into a sticky, yellow residue. White lithium grease thickens, then crystallizes on the gears. Always use clear sewing machine oil, and a clear synthetic grease like Tri-Flow.

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What kind of grease do I Need to grease my babylock serger

no grease
only sewing machine oil applied at specific oiling points

Jul 29, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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My Juki machine motor dies while sewing. It charges back up, & I repeat the process. Is my motor shot? Please help! Sew frustrated

Is your Juki a mechanical machine? If so, have you oiled it recently? Mechanical machines need frequent oiling to keep them operating otherwise the old oil turns to a brown, sticky goo and prevents the parts from moving freely. The motor is unable to overcome the stickiness. Forcing the motor to run may burn it out. Use ONLY fresh good quality sewing machine oil (not 3-in-1, WD-40, cooking oil or the stinky brown yuck from grandma's sewing basket). Consult your owner's manual for maintenance instructions.
Directing hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the interior mechanical parts may help loosen things.


Dec 08, 2015 | Juki Sewing Machines

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How to oil 1958 singer sewing machine

Your Singer is an oldie but goodie! As such, it needs oil, frequently. There are probably some oil ports that appear as small holes where an oil spout would fit. Apply only 1-2 drops of oil each spot. Use ONLY fresh, good quality oil (not the old stuff from Grandma's sewing box, 3-in-1, WD-40, or cooking oil).

The other thing you can do is gently hand-rotate the handwheel and watch where metal parts rub against other metal parts and apply a drop or two of oil. Do NOT oil any plastic parts, rubber, leather.

Be sure to apply a drop or two to the bobbin race where the bobbin turns. By all, means, don't skip the selector lever or dial mechanisms as those usually require oil to move freely.

After oiling, gently hand rotate your machine and if it is still sticky, then you need to hit it again. If things are stubborn, you can direct heated air from a handheld hair dryer into the mechanics.

Lots of patience, elbow grease, and good oil will generally get your machine in fine working condition.


Oct 21, 2015 | Singer Sewing Machines

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white sewing machine model 764. Has sat for some time and is not freely moving. The motor is fine and runs freely. The mechanicals there is a tight spot. It only turns half way. It has been house kept and has no signs of rust and is well oiled. Is there a lock-out?

Your problem may be the stitch length adjustment cam (located on the left side of the machine) To fix this problem you will need to remove the cam. It is usually also necessary to remove the connecting rod/sleeve that the cam rides in. Once both of these parts have been removed, you will need to carefully separate them and resurface the inside of the sleeve. This can be done with a very fine (500grit or higher) emery paper. Once the cam fits inside the sleeve without binding, reassemble using sewing machine oil or lithium grease and adjust feed dog timing.

May 05, 2011 | White Sewing Sewing Machines

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just looking for places to oil my wifes sewing machine...its a husky star 215

Take all the covers off & I just turn the wheel back and forth and oil any moving parts! Don't oil the belt tho - but do put a drop where the bobbin case turns. Only use the specialised oil...good luck

Aug 26, 2009 | Sewing Machines

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