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Where to oil a Kenmore 158-17600

I was given a Kenmore 158-17600 in pristine condition but I need to know where to oil it. There was no owners manual with the machine and the wheel has a squeaking noise when I run it. It sews just awesome but I want to make sure it is oiled properly.

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    Thank you for your help. I really appreciate it.



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Remove the top and bottom covers. Turn the wheel and put a drop of oil anyplace that moves and rubs.Also at the ends of each shaft. Open the side cover and oil the needle bar and all the parts inside that move and rub.Put a drop of oil on the hook.Do not put a good piece of fabric in the machine right after you've oiled it. Sew it off on some scraps that you can throw away.

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