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Where are the places to put the oil. Bought 40 years ago. Very good machine. Cleaned out lint yesterday and feeder foot is working. Been stored. runs loud - however, I think it always did some. Don't want to damage by running if it needs oiling.

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Not knowing the machine's make and model, it is difficult to comment. However, since the machine is 40 years old, it is more than likely a mechanical model which would require regular cleaning and oiling. Some of the older machines actually have oil holes in both the upper and lower (bobbin area) mechanisms. Be sure to use a good quality sewing machine oil, preferably not 3-in-1, WD-40, cooking oil, or the cheap generic sewing machine oil from the fabric department. Place only 1-2 drops of oil in each spot as too much oil is not good either. Then gently hand rotate the handwheel (toward you) to loosen things and get the oil distributed, Then trying running it slowly. (You should notice it running a lot quieter and smoother.) If things still seem a bit sticky, you can direct heated air from a hand-held hair dryer directly into the internal mechanism and see if that helps. You may have to repeat the oil and hair-dryer several times to get it going like it should.

Once you get it running nicely, you should clean and oil regularly--a good schedule is every time you empty a bobbin, every 8 hours of constant sewing, or every 6 months if it is not in use.

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Any place inside the machine where metal touches metal must be oiled with sewing machine oil. To get at the inner workings of the machine you will have to undo the bolts and screws that form its protective cover. Usually the top and left side of the machine will open quite easily. Then, removing the bobbin case you can get at some of the lower parts of the machine. Just keep turning the balance wheel to see which parts move and come together metal on metal when the machine is working.
After oiling and putting machine back together, run machine to give oil a chance to lubricate. The sound of a machine that is well taken care of is a very silent hum. Don't forget to put a strip of flannel fabric thru your machine to absorb any excess oil before starting your next project.

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If, as you have noted, this is a mechanical machine, my suspicion is that it has not been cleaned and oiled recently and possibly the old oil has solidified preventing the parts from moving.

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You may not need to go to the extent of removing parts and soaking them in cleaner, but certainly cleaning the dust & lint and then oiling with a fresh good quality sewing machine oil may be the ticket to your resolution.

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Is your sewing machine mechanical (ie, not computerized)??? CAUTION--if your machine is computerized, do NOT proceed with the following suggestions.

If it is mechanical, have you cleaned and oiled your machine recently? Most mechanical sewing machine failures are because they have not been adequately and routinely oiled, the old oil has solidified and frozen the mechanics. I recommend Bernina oil, liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube (or similar good quality sewing machine oil) for mechanical machines--do NOT use 3-in-1, cooking oil, WD-40, or the sewing machine oil from your grandmother's sewing basket. (I am not associated with any Bernina dealer, other than a customer.)

If it is in fact frozen, pick up a bottle of liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Oil at the hardware store. Oil one or two drops in every oil hole (see your manual) and also every place where metal rubs on metal. But DO NOT oil any plastic gears, rubber, or belts. It is probably best to avoid oiling the metal cams. If it is still stiff or frozen, direct a hot handheld hair dryer into the top and bottom mechanism of your machine. See if that loosens it up. You may have to repeat.

Once your machine is working again, place a drop or two of good sewing machine oil as directed above. Be sure to use a small brush to clean the lint and dirt out of your machine, especially around the feed dogs and bobbin area. (Caution: Compressed air will sometimes force the dirt and lint into areas that cannot be cleaned.) And continue to use good quality sewing machine oil to keep it running. Recommendation: every time you change a bobbin, after 8 hours of sewing, or every six months if it is not in regular use.

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To find a manual:
Search the internet for "Kenmore 158.12511 Manual" You'll probably find a downloadable pdf manual (or at least one similar to your machine). Be very CAREFUL that they are not scam web sites (one wanted me to upgrade Acrobat when I just did it a couple days ago!) Here's one for $5.95-- http://www.sewconsult.com/kenmore/158%20manuals/kenmore_158_source_manuals.htm

or one for $4.99-- http://manualsoncd.com/product/kenmore-model-158-1212-1341-series-sewing-instruction-manual/

Here's one currently on eBay for $8.94--
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sewing-Machine-Manual-Sears-Kenmore-1251-158-12510-and-158-12511-on-cd-/281847997472?hash=item419f732420:g:czAAAMXQPatTJ4FF

On the other hand, if you can find a manual from Sears, that is probably the most reliable (unless you can find a used manual on eBay, Etsy...) $15 isn't such a bad price if it helps you keep your machine running and reduces your frustration. You might also check Yahoo Groups for a Kenmore Users Group. Frequently, Group members will post those documents in the Group files or someone might have one that they no longer want.

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Your machine most likely needs a good cleaning and oiling. The old oil has dried and turned to adhesive. You may want to bite the bullet and take it to a repair shop--probably around $100. If not, a lot of patience, elbow grease, and good quality oil will frequently work.

Is your sewing machine mechanical (ie, not computerized)??? CAUTION--if your machine is computerized, do NOT proceed with the following suggestions.

Most mechanical sewing machine failures are because they have not been adequately and routinely oiled, the old oil has solidified and frozen the mechanics. I recommend Bernina oil (or similar good quality sewing machine oil) for mechanical machines--do NOT use 3-in-1, cooking oil, WD-40, or the sewing machine oil from your grandmother's sewing basket. (I am not connected or work with any Bernina dealer.)

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