I don't know how to oil my machine. I don't see any holes at the top to drop the oil in. I have lost the manual, and the company has no support offered on this model. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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If it's an oldie (mechanical), then you can probably remove the top, slowly hand-rotate the handwheel and apply a couple drops of fresh, good quality sewing machine oil every place that metal rubs on metal. Do Not oil plastic, cams, or belts! You may see oil ports (little holes located near joints) where you can apply oil.
Then access the bottom part of the machine and do the same there. Be sure to oil the feed dog mechanism. Apply a drop of oil to the outside of the shuttle.
Move the dials and levers and oil those mechanisms too.
Be sure to run some scrap fabric through the machine in case there is excess oil.
If things are a little sluggish, direct heated air from a handheld hair dryer into the internal mechanics (top & bottom).
Cleaning and oiling your machine frequently will keep it (and you) happy and healthy!
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No grease please, only quality sewing machine oil. Some machines marked the oil positions with red. Small holes. Else take the top and left side covers of and use just a drop of oil where moving parts are joint. Here too you should find small holes that need a drop now and then.
Does your overlocker have a threading diagram on the inside of the front cover? Often this will also show a couple of red dots where you need to oil.
Obviously always best to consult the manual if you have it; I haven't been able to find an image of the threading or oiling diagram for your machine.
If it doesnt have this diagram and you don't have a manual then I would hazard a guess and say that you need to oil the loopers where they move through another metal part. So open up the front and have a look at the lower looper mechanisim, manually turn the flywheel to move the looper and you should be able to see what I mean. The lower looper will move back and forwards through a metal socket piece and the looper bar may look lubricated on each side. So give the metal holding bit a drop and the oil should work into it. There may be a similar looking bit for the top looper, have a look and give it a drop of oil.
Some overlockers will have an oiling point at the back of the sewing table, it may be a little hole marked with red paint.
It sounds as if your machine needs a little oiling. If you have a clear machine oil (not 3 in 1). place a drop in the bobbin case area and if you will notice, you will see small holes on the bed and on the top of the machine. place a drop of oil into each of these holes. If you can take the top and bottom covers off, you can put a drop of oil every where you see a hole..some of the machines actually have the oil holes painted a red color. Also place a drop at the handwheel as well. Just remember when oiling, less is better. After oiling, run for a few minutes, if you feel it still needs a litte more, do the same, one drop at a time. After this, if you machine sets for a while, oil just before starting to sew, that way when you put the machine away the oil has been worked through and it should help prevent the squeaking when starting up again.
Use only good quality clear sewing machine oil from your Bernina dealer--ask them which is the correct oil for your machine. The likely place to oil is in the hook area (see page 44 of the manual). Be sure to apply a drop or two every 8 hours of sewing time. If you know your machine, you may notice a change in sound when it needs lube. Oiling anywhere else could damage your machine.
Do NOT place lube in any holes (as previously suggested) in the bed or top of the machine. These are not oil ports. They are holes for fastening accessories to your machine, ie circular embroidery unit, binding units, seam guides, etc.