Question about Sewing Machines
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.
Posted on Apr 01, 2015
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.
Posted on Apr 02, 2015
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.
Posted on Apr 01, 2015
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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