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Should I oil the motor on a kenmore sewing machine model 158.905?

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Do NOT oil the motor unless the manual instructs you to do so. (Sears carries manuals for most of their machines.)

Your machine appears to be an older mechanical machine. As such, oiling would be necessary for the moving metal parts. The following may be helpful to keep your mechanical machine happily operating. (Although the following is for machines that have seized due to lack of oil, following the procedure is helpful in preventing the machine from seizing.)

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