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Re: Need Oiling Locations for Sewing Machine
Hi there.. Looking at your machine from the top, there should be an opening near the bobbin winder, then there should be others located near the top left of the machine, and on the base to the right of the feed dog. you can also put a couple of drops on the feed dog, take out the bobbin and put a couple of drops on the moving parts and run it with out a needle or thread to get the oil in to where it needs to go.
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Some videos may be helpful. Not necessarily your particular, but the threading process is very similar between models. The top thread goes through some thread guides, the down around the tension unit, up to the take--up lever, back down through some other guides and then through the needle. This is where your owner's manual would be very useful. White Sewing Machine 477 Model How To Thread Your Sewing Ma
I remember my mother traded in her Singer treadle for an electric White machine when I was a kid.
As a computerized machine, it is probable that there is very little (if any) oiling required. You can check with your local Baby Lock dealer's technician for oiling instructions and a manual for your machine. (Oiling incorrectly could permanently damage the machine.)
I was unable to locate a manual for your machine, but did find this web site: Baby Lock Manuals
If it is a computerized model, most likely it requires very little or no oiling. Your owner's manual should have that information. Be sure to follow the instructions as oiling in the wrong spots could damage it.
If it is mechanical model, then it probably requires more oiling.
Have you performed any recent cleaning and oiling? If not, that is probably the basis of your problem. The machine is seizing because the lubrication has dried and is preventing the parts from moving.
Consult your owner's manual, use ONLY fresh good quality sewing machine oil and apply 1-2 drops each place as instructed in the manual.
If your machine is mechanical, you can open the top and bobbin area, gently hand rotate the handwheel toward you, and watch where metal rubs on metal and apply 1-2 drops of oil each place. Do NOT oil plastic, belts, or decorator stitch cams. Then SLOWLY run your machine to get the oil distributed. It should loosen up after the machine has run for a few minutes.
You should oil the hook/shuttle every time you install a new bobbin, do a complete cleaning and oiling every 40 hours of sewing time or (if the machine is in storage) every 6 months.
Ok, googled "sewing machine 385 12914" and it brought up Kenmore.... you can get most of their manuals through the sears website. But I did not find 385 12914.... here is a 385. 12714 set of manuals on this page including a service manual. Perhaps they are close to your model?
There should be two screws on the top of the machine. Those need to come off first. Most Whites have a top that comes off in that way. On the hand wheel side there is usually one or two screws to remove that metal piece (below the hand wheel). Then the base should come off just by removing those screws on the bottom. As far as oiling, lubricate any point where two pieces come together and there is movement except the belt area.
You should contact a White sewing machine dealer. The manual does mention the machine needs regular cleaning and oiling, but provides no direction for oiling. Usually computerized machines are only oiled (one drop) on the race where the bobbin case rests. However, your dealer should be able to advise you.