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Kenmore 158.17921 Need to know where to oil? machine sticks at times. Do not have a owners manual.

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Remove the two large screws that hold the top lid on and remove the lid. Open the left side cover where the needle bar and presser bar are. Place one drop of oil on everything that moves. Oil moving parts on the bottom. Blow off excess oil with an air compressor.

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