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My machine is ceasing up on me.

My machine has been squeaking a little. I oiled all the right places and began to work again. Out of the blue the machine completely stopped. I turned the hand wheel and nothing happened. It won't move. It has been a great machine for me up until today. Can you help? Thank you! AmySue Crawford

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Check and make sure there are no threads in the bobbin casing and shuttle area. It might be binding up down in there.

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Is it a mechanical machine (not computerized)? Did you oil the internal metal parts that rub against other metal parts? With an older mechanical machine, frequently the old oil turns to goo and sticks things rather than lubricates. Use only fresh good quality sewing machine oil. Hand rotate the wheel and place 2 drops of oil every place metal rubs metal (including the bobbin area). To help loosen things, direct hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the interior of the machine.

This process was used on an older Kenmore that had totally frozen, but it was working again within 15 minutes.

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Is it a mechanical machine (NOT computerized)?

Do this ONLY if it is MECHANICAL. Remove the top lid and the freearm cover (if no free arm, then you'll have to tilt the machine so you can access the lower mechanism).

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Squeaking or popping sounds could be a blunt needle so make sure you change it regularly, 4-6 hours sewing time is rule of thumb.

To find where to oil this machine download the manual from http://www.singerco.com/accessories/manuals.html, just type in your model number into the search field and click 'Search', most of the manuals are there as a downloadable pdf file.

The manual will show oiling points for your machine. Use sewing machine (clear) oil only, a little drop only but oil and clean regularly to get the best performance. Brush out any lint and dust first (don't use compressed air to blow a machine out, much better to brush out carefully with a little brush and remove the lint from the machine).

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I've borrowed a Silver 302 from my neighbour, and after a few hours use, it's started squeaking. Loudly. I don't know if this model needs oiling or not, and if not, what it may need doing to it - just...


I'm not familar with this machine but will make some general suggestions. I did google it and found a 502 http://www.silverviscount.co.uk/shop/product_info.php?cPath=21&products_id=40 it looks like a economy front loading bobbin machine.

If you manually turn the fly wheel to form the stitiches and listen carefully can you hear a popping as the needle enters the fabric? If yes, its a needle problem. All machines need a new needle for each sewing project, 4-6 hours sewing time, before they go blunt. Cchange the needle for a new one in the right size for what you are sewing (ballpoint for knits, sharp for wovens). Refer to www.sewing.about.com for good general info on machine maintenance, needle sizes and types and threading diagrams, its a wealth of information.

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