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Where to I oil my old Kenmore model # 158 13410?

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Get a good quality sewing machine oil, not general purpose oil as that will gum up over time.
If you don't have a manual, a good rule of thumb is to oil everything that moves, but lightly. Don't oil the motor or belts and use lubricant (usually sold in a tube), just a little dab, for the gears. The same with oil, just use a little bit and then move the machine by hand and you will see where the parts move.
Take off the top to see all the moving part and don't forget to oil underneath the machine as well.
You can find manuals for sale on a number of online sights and manybe even Sears.

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This is one of those deals where they don't want the average person inside because they can do as much harm as good with the wrong lubricants, and putting excess of it which just attracts dirt. However if you expect your machine to last, just putting machine oil on the bobbin axle every week isn't going to do it. I've got my 7 years old Brother LS-1217 cracked open because I felt it was running a bit noisy lately, and I'm an ex Navy Aviation tech who knows nearly everything loves grease, but it must be done right.Your Kenmore is probably built similar- First understand you don't want to go spraying any light solvent type things like WD-40 in there as it just eats away what little grease or oil it is still there. You also are looking at at least 3 kinds of lubricants, if it's metal on metal moving parts a white grease, probably lithium based, you'll see that on many rotating parts. Next, and this is very important, if there are parts made of white nylon/plastic they must have have a special lubricant. If you drip excess grease or machine oil onto those parts they will eventually be eaten by it. This is why you must take the case apart to properly lube these machines, and shouldn't go trying to spray or drip oil haphazardly, hoping you might do some good. Finally you do need to remove as much excess as possible as the cleaner they stay inside, the better.
I will tell you though, if you understand what I've just explained, there are dozens of moving parts inside these that if not kept lubricated will surely wear and get sloppy.
Just know what goes where and not make a mess, and don't allow the wrong lubricant to drip where it shouldn't be.

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