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The older mechanical machines are easy to open, clean, and lube the internal workings.

Computerized machines are pretty well self-contained. Other than cleaning the bobbin area and feed dogs of stray threads, lint, and dust bunnies, and if directed apply a drop of oil to the hook, there is not much else an owner should do. Of course, it is recommended that it be serviced every year.

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If it's an older mechanical machine, it most likely has seized due to lack of oiling and cleaning. The old oil turns to glue and then varnish and freezes the moving parts together.

Pick up some fresh, good quality sewing machine oil or liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube (hardware store). Open the top, the left side, and the bottom of the machine. Gently wiggle the handwheel and apply 1-2 drops every place that metal rubs against metal. Do NOT oil belts, synthetic, or plastic parts.)

To speed it up, direct hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the internal mechanism. Alternate the oil and hot air and it should loosen.

Once the machine is moving freely again, be sure to clean and oil your machine regularly. If the sewing machine is used frequently, oil every 40 hours of use. If not used frequently, oil every six months.


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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.


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get a bottle of sewing machine oil with the small nozzle. cut the tip to allow the smallest flow possible. remove the needle, open your machine drop oil onto all the wear points you can see. remove the bobbin holder and retainer. use lots of oil. then run the machine for 10 seconds or so. Then repeat the oiling process. run machine again. now with a tissue and Q tips clean off any oil you can see.

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Sewing machines need to be worked periodically even if you aren't sewing a lot. The oils and greases inside get all gummed up and literally will seize them up. Your best bet is to take it to the pro, pay the $$$ and have them, clean, oil, grease, replace belts, and adjust. OR if you want to give it a try.. DIY... kerosene based cleaner. Clean it well, then oil it properly. Make sure the machine is UNPLUGGED while cleaning.

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You can never used oil to any MC machine. it will damaged the sensore of your machine.If possible just open head cover and clean broken thread from the movable part.

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Where on the machine do I oil. Elita 240

Elnita 240, from memory was a mechanical front loading bobbin machine made under licence in Japan??? I can't find an online link to a manual for this model but obtaining a manual is invaluable so good to track one down if you can.

However, most sewing machines will have marked oiling points and many need to be oiled in the same places. So have a good look on the top of the case and see if there is a marked oiling point, often a red "spot" or similar. Also, open up the bobbin case, remove the bobbin and clean and oil inside this area. You need to use good quality sewing machine machine oil, just a drop at each point. Each time I go to use my machine after a break, I will remove the needle, presser foot, bobbin cover and bobbin, brush it all out, then add a drop of oil to the moving metal parts and run it gently for a second or two to spread the oil. Then reassemble and insert a new needle suitable for the next sewing task.

Important: Clean and oil the machine regularly. You can also clean out the tension disc by turning the tension up to the loosest setting, then sliding an edge of fabric waste in between the tension discs to clean out. Remember to turn tension back to normal setting after doing this.

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Sure! Jenny at has several very good, in-depth articles about servicing your own machine, but here are the basic steps:

1. Take out the bobbin case and bobbin holder.
2. Take the needle plate off.
3. Brush out all the old lint in the bobbin area and under the needle plate. Remove any loose bit of thread.
4. Open the head of the machine (should swing open). Clean any lint or thread that's caught in there.
5. Locate your machine's oil ports and put one drop of sewing machine oil (only use sewing machine oil) in each of them. One drop is sufficient. General rule of thumb: Put one drop of oil wherever metal moves against metal.
6. Using unwaxed dental floss, floss the tension disks.
7. Put everything back together.

If you need a manual, I found one at

Hope this is useful!


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