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Where to oil your sewing machine

The rule of thumb about oiling your sewing machine is to put one drop of oil (sewing machine oil only, please!) wherever one metal part moves against another. Do that, and you won't go wrong. You can also look for the oil ports -- small holes in metal gears and housings--I've posted a good photo at www.robbiesews.blogspot.com--where you put one drop of sewing machine oil. Don't use oil on the gears themselves--use sewing machine grease instead.

Oil ports and places where metal moves against metal can be found in three locations: on the top of the machine, under the cover; on the bottom of the machine; and behind the access door (or panel) on the left side of the machine head.

Here's a generic sketch:

Note: Please refer to your sewing machine manual to see if your machine is self-oiling. If it is, disregard this note--you do not oil those machines.

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how to "tune-up" mechanical Kenmore sewing machine

Sure! Jenny at http://blog.sew-classic.com/categories/Sewing%20Machine%20Repair.aspx has several very good, in-depth articles about servicing your own machine, but here are the basic steps:

1. Take out the bobbin case and bobbin holder.
2. Take the needle plate off.
3. Brush out all the old lint in the bobbin area and under the needle plate. Remove any loose bit of thread.
4. Open the head of the machine (should swing open). Clean any lint or thread that's caught in there.
5. Locate your machine's oil ports and put one drop of sewing machine oil (only use sewing machine oil) in each of them. One drop is sufficient. General rule of thumb: Put one drop of oil wherever metal moves against metal.
6. Using unwaxed dental floss, floss the tension disks.
7. Put everything back together.

If you need a manual, I found one at http://pages.sewing-machine-manuals.com/173/InventoryPage/1834489/1.html.

Hope this is useful!


Jul 24, 2010 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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trying to figure out where to oil my old White 265 machine. the manual only talks about how to oil the bobbin shuttle.

Hi. The rule of thumb is to put one drop (just one drop, that's all it takes) of sewing machine oil wherever two pieces of metal move against each other. You can also look for the oil ports(see tip on where to look for oil ports and for a photo, see www.robbiesews.blogspot.com). Your machine may also have small oil holes in the sewing machine housing, so put one drop of sewing machine oil in each of those.

Please use only sewing machine oil to oil your machine.

Hope this helps!


Apr 13, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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I've been doing a lot of sewing over the past week and now the bobbin area sounds really noisy -like metal rubbing. The stitching is fine it sounds terrible. Do I need to oil the machine, and if so, where do I oil to affect the bobbin area. Or, do I have a larger problem?

Hi. Your machine is probably just dirty. Have you cleaned out the lint? It will build up in the bobbin area and cause all kinds of problems unless you clean it out. A small brush works wonders. Take out the bobbin and bobbin case and clean all that old lint out. At the same time you clean the machine, you should also oil it. Use regular sewing machine oil and put one drop in all the oil ports (see my photo of an oil port at robbiesews.blogspot.com). If you don't see the oil port, the old rule of thumb was one drop of oil wherever a metal part rubs against another metal part.

I clean and oil my machines after every 8 hours of sewing and I think that's pretty much what the manufacturers recommend, although some new machines are self-oiling. Check your manual to be sure. (Self-oiling machines still need the lint cleaned out regularly.)\

Hope this helps!

Apr 05, 2010 | Riccar Sewing Machines

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My sewing machine sews like the battery is dying, but there is no battery. The nob on the side has a hard time turning, what do I do?

Hi! Sounds like it might need a really good cleaning. All that lint and old oil will form a gunk that can really bind up the mechanisms. Pull out your manual and read about how to clean your machine. I generally start with the bobbin area, cause lint and little bits of thread really build up there. Brush it all out. You can even duct tape a straw to a hand vacuum and use that--but don't use canned air (like they use with computers) because it only blows the lint deeper into the machine.

I'm not familiar with your particular machine, but if it's an older one, you should be able to open up the head too, and clean there. To get the gunk off, you can use a Q-tip soaked in WD-40. (Very Important Note: WD-40 is great for getting rid of the built-up gunk but don't use it in place of sewing machine oil. Also, don't get the WD-40 on your machine's finish.)

Once the machine is as lint, thread, and gunk free as you can make it, then oil it. Use a quality sewing machine oil, available at any fabric store like Joann's or sewing machine dealer. Don't use WD-40 or Household 3-n-1 oil. Look for little holes--but my rule of thumb is to put a drop of oil (that's all it takes) wherever you see metal moving against metal. I've found an old syringe and needle are great for getting drops of oil where they need to go.

Let me know if this works, ok?


Feb 12, 2010 | Husqvarna Viking 1

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how to oil old featherweight

Hi! I love the old Singer sewing machines!! Do you have the user's manual for your machine? The manual has great diagrams showing where to put oil and grease. If you don't, check out http://www.221parts.com/

In the meantime, look for little holes, often with raised edges and put a drop of oil in each. Put a drop of oil wherever metal moves against metal. You'll need to oil inside the head, on the right-hand side where the motor is located (DON'T oil the motor--use grease instead), and also underneath.

Good luck and let me know how it goes.

Dec 15, 2009 | White Sewing 1300DE Sewing Machine

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