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Trouble removing face cover for oiling

The manual says to "Open face cover and oil the parts indicated". It doesn't show or describe how to remove it. When I release the back tabs, there is still something holding it on and preventing its removel. I don't want to force it. Any help greatly appreciated. willb

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Remove the 2 round plastic plugs on the front. Use a needle to pry them out. They come off easily. there are two screws under each plug. Good luck...

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I'm trying to oil my machine, but don't know how to get the face cover off??


Perhaps the Owner's Manual will help:

http://homeappliance.manualsonline.com/manuals/mfg/kenmore/38515358.html?p=1

Be sure to use good quality sewing machine oil and white grease as explained in the manual.

P.S.--from the manual's instructions, it appears that you do not need to remove the face plate to oil your machine.
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you might have some luck finding a manual.

Or, you can join the Yahoo BerninaThirtySomethings group
Yahoo Groups, where older manuals are available in the Files section. In addition, you will have access to a wonderful resource of Bernina users/lovers including conversations on using, maintaining, repairing, and assorted other advice about your older Bernina.

The first thing you should probably do is pick up a good quality sewing machine oil (Bernina oil for CB Hook is recommended--however, never use 3-in-1, WD-40, cooking oil, or the old oil can that you might find in the machine's accessory box). Consult the owner's manual in the Maintenance section to clean and oil your machine. If the machine has not been used in several years, the motor may sound like it is straining to move the mechanical parts. Most likely, the old oil has dried out and is sticking things together. Do not force the motor to move things without first cleaning and oiling the machine.

Remove the top cover and swing open the cover on the left side where the lightbulb is located. Gently hand rotate the handwheel and while watching the moving metal parts, apply ONLY one-two drops of oil every place that metal rubs against metal. (Sometimes the oil ports are marked with red paint as a guide, but some machines are not marked.) Use only 1-2 drops at a time. Do NOT over-oil as too much oil can be as damaging as no oil. Gently move all the levers and dials and oil those moving parts as well. Do NOT oil the white plastic gears, the belt, or the large round metal cams (which your machine may or may not have). Then, tilt your machine back and remove the bobbin & bobbincase and with a soft brush, remove any lint, dust. Then while hand-rotating the handwheel and moving the levers and knobs, apply oil to the moving parts under the machine. The feed dogs are usually a problem so be sure to test the feed dog knob. If anything seems to be sticky, resistant to movement, you can also direct hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the interior mechanism to help loosen things. Be sure to place a drop of oil on the bobbin hook in the bobbin area (the manual should show this).

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Mostly I tell people to check their owner's manual, but I checked and yours is an older model serger which, like mine, doesn't have instructions for oiling. So, I'll just tell you how I've done it (mine is even older than yours, and gets hard use as I sew a lot).

1, On the flat plate behind the cutter, there are several holes with orange rims. A drop or two of oil in each. Then oil the hinge on the arm that holds the blade, I manually cycle the machine as I do this to get the oil to spread evenly.

2. Open up the looper cover and remove the cylinder cover, manually cycle the machine to see the parts move, then oil anything that moves as you manually cycle it some more to get the oil into the moving parts. I tend to use a good bit of oil on the lower parts as they get pretty dirty, then let it sit for a while (I often do it as I'm finished for the day), and sew on a scrap when I start again to be sure there is no oil in the thread that would transfer onto the garment.

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You may also want to remove the top cover of your machine and oil internally, it may help with the fly wheel issue. There is an oiling diagram for a White 1510 on this page http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine_Repair/White_Sewing_Machine_Maintenance/White_1505_1510.htm
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Welcome to FixYa! on the list below is the steps to oil your sewing machine.

  1. Remove the screw from the top of the Janome face plate with a small flathead screwdriver. The face plate is on the top of the sewing machine directly above the needle.

  2. Pull the face plate up and away from the sewing machine gently.

  3. Face the sewing machine as if you were about to start sewing.

  4. Locate a small cylinder attached to the side of the sewing machine facing you that had been covered by the face plate. Apply one or two drops of oil to the top of this cylinder.

  5. Locate a small square that is directly above the needle of the machine, also previous hidden by the face plate. Apply one or two drops of oil directly above and below this square.

  6. Replace the face plate and tighten the screw.

  7. Open the hook cover of the sewing machine as if you were changing the bobbin. This area is located directly under the needle.

  8. Remove the bobbin case by grasping the lever on the case and gently pulling the case out from the machine.

  9. Remove the hook ring and the hook. These two parts are behind the bobbin case and should come out easily.

  10. Apply one drop of oil to the center of the hole the bobbin was removed from.

  11. Replace all of the parts you removed from the sewing machine.

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