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Check with the mfg of the machine to see if it has to be oiled, some machine are self oiling

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Singer sewing machine model # 158.523 manuals

Sears has manuals for most of their products, including sewing machines. Probably not free, but the price would be justified to learn how to use and maintain the machine, ie cleaning and oiling.


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Where do I oil Kenmore Model No 385 16221 can't find it in the manual

Page 94 of the manual:

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FWIW, it is important to keep your machine clean and oiled for it to operate properly. Use ONLY good quality sewing machine oil and apply ONLY 1-2 drops every place indicated, approximately every 40 hours of sewing time.


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Singer T&S 638, the whole bobbin assembly popped out. My mom-in-law said the needle caught and it just popped out. So it must be pssible to "pop" it back in, right? :)

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Just an FYI, be sure to apply a couple drops of fresh good quality sewing machine oil as directed in the instruction manual. Do NOT use 3-in-1, WD-40, cooking oil, or old stinky brown sewing machine oil. Keeping it regularly maintained will keep your sewing machine running smoothly for many years.

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Kenmore sewing machine model 158-17031- motor runs well but think the clutch or something is stuck

Has it been oiled lately? If not, it could be seized. Old oil turns to glue and then varnish unless it is regularly maintained. Make sure to use only fresh, good quality sewing machine oil or liquid Tri Flow Synthetic Lube. Slowly rock the hand wheel and apply a couple drops every place where metal rubs against metal--no oil on belts, rubber, synthetic parts! If it is still resistant, direct hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the internal mechanism and repeat the process until things are loosened and moving smoothly again.

A sewing machine should be cleaned and lubed every 40 hrs of working time or every 6 months if not in use.


Oct 03, 2016 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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How do I oil my sewing machine to keep it properly maintained?

the oil points will., be highlighted in your user manual
only put 1 or 2 drops in each hole but no more
do not oil anywhere else

Jan 23, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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My machine has not been used since 2004 and is stuck in reverse How do I fix this?

If it is a mechanical (NOT computerized) sewing machine, it most likely needs a good cleaning and oiling after not being used since 2004. Mechanical sewing machines need to be cleaned & oiled every time a bobbin is changed, every 8 hours of constant sewing, or every six months when not in regular use. Use only good quality sewing machine oil (NOT stale old oil, 3-in-1, WD-40, or cooking oil) and oil only 1 or 2 drops each spot as directed in the owner's manual.

Sewing machine oil tends to degrade over time and will eventually glue moving parts together. Keeping it maintained is a simple way of insuring it will work the next time it is used.

Sep 12, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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There are several oiling points for this machine. The manual includes how to maintain the sewing machine beginning on page 98, you can find it here in the event you do not have it.

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How do I know that machine is in working condition ddl-5550

A little more information please. I have this model, and it only does a straight stitch and reverse.
Have you turned it on and tried sewing on it? Is the oil pan dry? Has it been serviced at all, or maintained?
We can't help you without more info.

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How to maintain and clean

oil only according to the instruction manual,, if it doesn't say any thing about oiling in the manual, then contact the mfg of the machine (example singer) & ask them about the oiling of the machine.
a sewing machine will last a long time with the proper care, just like a car.

May 29, 2012 | Janome Sewing Machines

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