Question about Typewriters
I have an old Olympia SM model typewriter (not sure the exact model, looks like maybe SM-3?), in really great condition except for one problem: the carriage makes a slight grinding/groaning sound about midway across when I return it at the end of a line. Not a big deal in terms of functionality as far as I can tell, but annoying enough that I'd like to try to fix it. I've purchased some good sewing-machine oil, BUT...
I don't have the slightest clue where to begin applying oil! I also don't begin to know where to start disassembling the machine to get at the parts inside. I've looked around online, but can't find any instructions for where to actually begin applying oil, removing parts, where to clean, etc.
Thanks in advance for any help you may have to offer!
Hi..sewing machine is ok, a little too light but ok. Move your margins all the way out so that you carriage can move its full length.
If you look at the underside of the carriage you will see what they call Rails. These are tracks in which the ball bearings reside. 4 or 5 drops of oil on these and the bearings will be lubed. I use a little heavier grease not oil, but light oil. Too much oil is worse than none.
I think you problem is in the carriage return clutch..something that should be handled by a Pro.. Too many parts, springs and broken adjustments for the layman. Some times you can spray 1..I repeat 1 small shot of degreaser on the carriage return clutch (located on the right side, middle of the typewriter. Usually has a fabric band winding around it.
If not a Pro can help you..
Hope this helps.
Posted on Feb 06, 2008
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