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Where does the oil go?

I'm trying to fix the sewing machine I got in college (a Singer 1116), and I think I got taken by the store who sold it to me. It didn't come with a manual. I know that it needs oil, but I have no idea where to put it. I would greatly appreciate any help on this matter! Thanks so much!

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  • Chrissy1104 Jan 07, 2008

    Thanks so much for your assistance, Allmakes!

  • Anonymous Jun 09, 2008

    I do'nt know where to put the oil ??



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To oil machine.....Remove the bobbin case.Snap the two retaining arms outwards.Remove the hook race cover (circular ring ) and the hook ( half semi circular) and clean with a soft cloth.Lubricate right hand side wall ( 1-2 drops of oil) turn hand wheel a few times until the hook race is in the left position...replace hook..replace hook race cover ( smooth end to the bottom) and snap back the two hook retaining arms and insert bobbin case and bobbin.

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