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Felt washer at oil points on shaft or gunk?

Cleaning a friends Elna Pro 5 machine (She just inherited it). Was a real mess. Where you oil the shaft thing in two places, is there supposed to be a kind of grey felt washer around the bottom of the shaft. It seems to be attatched so I didn't want to assume that was gunk and clean it off.

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Yes, oil them very thoroughly

Posted on Aug 06, 2009

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But generally, you shouln't need to mess with the lower tension, and top tension should be in the range of 5, sometimes 4-6 depending on what you are sewing. If you are having top thread issues its more likely to be a gunked up tension device or something missed in the threading path causing the issue. If you can add in your actual model I may be able to assist more specifically.

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Hi! Congratulations on your old Elna! I just love old sewing machines; they are so solid and reliable.

(Unless of course you're getting a big bird's nest with the bobbin thread, right? That's so frustrating!)

With my old machines, I've found that a tiny bit of thread caught in the bobbin assembly can cause these nasty tangles. I use a bright flashlight and a pair of tweezers and just keep looking until I find it. While you're in there, clean out any old lint or gunk (meaning, old oil) you find. Brush all the lint out. I use a q-tip moistened with a bit of WD-40 to clean the gunk (but be careful that the fuzz from the q-tip doesn't come off while you're cleaning). With the WD-40, you have to be very careful not to get any of it on the surface of the machine--it can mess up some of those beautiful old finishes.

So clean the bobbin area, make sure you're threading the bobbin correctly, and lastly, if you hold the tails of the top and bobbin threads snugly in your left hand behind the needle while you take the first few stitches, the birds' nests should be a thing of the past.

Let me know if this works, ok?

Happy Sewing!




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