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I forgot my manual in Michigan and I wanted to oil machine. Not sure if I should oil it or how. Thanks

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The main places you should oil are the needle bar the presser foot bar and the hook area under the machine hope this helps

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

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This Kenmore 158.480's stitch selector is stuck and will not adjust to zig-zag. Need advice or a free service manual. I will gift this machine to a young girl just starting to learn how to sew. Thanks


These old Kenmores are great machines (wish I'd kept mine). But they do love to be oiled and cleaned regularly. The old oil has probably dried and causing it to seize. Treat the machine well and it will serve you, or the lucky young lady, for years to come.

Wheel on right side that controls the needle up and down is very tight...

FWIW, you may want to show the young lady how to clean and oil her machine to keep it in running condition. If she is going to own a machine, she should know how to maintain it.

Be sure to stress that the presser foot should ALWAYS be RAISED when threading the top thread. This will prevent those dreaded thread nests under the fabric when she first begins to sew.

Check with Sears. They carry manuals for a lot of their machines--sometimes even free download. However, the manual will not provide instructions for a thorough oiling (as described above), because at the time companies thought the machines would be brought in to their facility for service. Evenso, a manual is a definite "must have."

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How do i oil my 3********** machine


Follow the instructions in your owner's manual. If it is a computerized machine, it should be oiled only as instructed.

Be sure to use fresh good quality sewing machine oil recommended in the manual.

If it is a mechanical machine, the instructions in the manual are the minimum oiling. Older mechanical machines will sometimes need a couple drops of oil every place that metal rubs against metal. Do NOT oil belts, synthetic parts, cams. AND do NOT over oil unless you want to be wiping up excess oil! A drop of oil on the hook/shuttle every 8 hours of use. Thorough oiling as described above, every 40 hours of use. If in storage or not in frequent use, every six months.

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Is your White a mechanical machine (NOT computerized)? If so, it may need a good cleaning and oiling.

If your machine is a mechanical, be sure that you are cleaning and oiling on a regular basis. If not, the old oil turns to goo and sticks things together.

Use ONLY fresh good quality sewing machine oil (not 3-in-1, WD-40, cooking oil, or the old oil from grandma's sewing basket). Follow the instructions in the manual. If you want to do a thorough job, open the top and free arm cover. Slowly hand rotate the handwheel and apply 1-2 drops of oil every place that metal rubs on metal. Do NOT oil rubber, plastic parts, or belts. Don't forget the moving parts in the bobbin area and the needlebar since that's where you are having problems. Be sure to apply a drop on the shuttle race every time you begin a new project. Oiling according to the instruction manual should be done every 40 hours of sewing time. If in storage, oil every six months. I try to do a complete oiling of my machine (as explained above) every six months to keep it operating well.

To help loosen it up, you can direct hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the internal mechanics of the machine. Alternate the heat with oil until the machine is working smoothly again.

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Lost instruction book. Where can I download one? Which parts do I oil? Thanks!


Search the internet for:

Manufacturer + Model + the word "Manual"

Once you get a manual, there will be instructions of where and how to oil it. Be sure you use FRESH good quality oil available for your machine (not 3-in-1, WD-40, cooking oil, or the smelly stuff from Grandma's sewing basket). Apply only 1-2 drops of oil in each spot indicated in the manual.

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I want to oil my machine but only have a photocopy of the owners manual which appears to show 4 spots to oil the machine. My machine has 5 places on the top to add oil. Can you advise?


so add oil to only those spots that the owners manual tells you to oil,you owners manual is all about your machine,follow it,just because there are extra holes doesnt mean they go to something

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I too am wondering the same thing, nowhere in the manual does it say anything about oiling it but you have to somewhere other than the bobbin race. Strange they forgot to put this in the manual

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yes this is simple, you can find the manual on the internet, but i forgot the site. I can email you the file if you would like. my email is meghan1006@hotmail.com

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