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My machine sounds like it needs to be oiled.... i have a tube of oil but dont know what parts to oil

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Be sure to use only fresh good quality sewing machine oil!

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Go to the manufacturers webpage on your machine. If it has a support page with the owner's manual, it will show you where you should add oil.

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Usually, newer sewing machines will never require oiling. In fact, for most, if not all, it's BAD to oil them.

Is it making a weird sound when you sew? Or are you just being proactive and trying to take good care of your new baby?

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You do NOT oil the brother 270-D. It says this on the brother website.

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Take off all the outside covers you can, then basically put a drop of oil on anything that moves when you turn the machine over by hand. After this run the machine for a couple of minutes with no thread or fabric, you then need to wipe up any excess oil and refit all the covers.

Posted on Oct 10, 2009

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Use only sewing machine oil. Get an oiler with a long spout so you can reach far places, put a single drop of oil on every place that has metal moving on metal.

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From the Sears Kenmore manual:
Using a small brush, remove the lint that accumulates in the shuttle area and around the feed dogs.
To Clean the Shuttle Area:

  1. This area must be kept free of dust, lint and occasional tangled thread. Raise the needle bar to its highest point and remove the bobbin case.
  2. Push levers of shuttle race aside and lift shuttle race cover and shuttle out.
  3. Clean the shuttle race with a small brush.
  4. Put a drop of oil on the center pin of the shuttle and shuttle race.

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Where do I put oil

Oil is placed where there are two pieces of metal rubbing together.
1. You must look for moving parts while moving the hand wheel. 2. There are some holes on the frame to give you access areas that need to be oiled..
3. The bobbin rides on an indented area called the race. Place one drop at this location frequently.
4. The motion of the needle arm going up and down between two holes needs to be oiled.
5. The pressure foot has a movement of a steel tube (arm) that needs oiled every now and then. The up and down motion of the pressure foot switch has two pieces of steel rubbing together in order to raise and lower the foot. It is important to oil here and on the spring that is inside the tube.
Anyway; make sure you look for steel against steel and oil it.

Jun 28, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Machine squeaks when sewing

Is it a mechanical machine (NOT computerized)?

Do this ONLY if it is MECHANICAL. Remove the top lid and the freearm cover (if no free arm, then you'll have to tilt the machine so you can access the lower mechanism).

Use ONLY fresh good quality sewing machine oil. While handrotating the handwheel, watch where metal parts move against other metal parts and apply 1-2 drops of oil. Do NOT oil plastic, rubber, or leather parts as oil will eventually destroy them.

Be sure to oil the moving parts in the lower mechanism as well. Hopefully this will take care of the squeak and get your machine operating 100% again.


Oct 23, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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Where do I find the tube that oils the motor?

It depends on the machine many machines do not need oiling if it is more modern. If it is an older machine you will have small holes in which to place the oil and you do not oil the motor of a sewing machine, only the working metal parts. Newer machines have more nylon parts.

Oct 20, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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Why does the machine sound rough while stitching?

1. If you're capable remove the top, bottom and front panels.
2. Take an old rag and clean every part you can. Now, use a qtip to clean other difficult areas.
3. Rotate the hand wheel towards you and check for all moving metal parts that make contact with other metal areas. Oil these areas with sewing machine oil.
4. The front of the machine is where the needle bar and pressure foot bar is. Clean these areas and oil them.
5. Remove all of the parts where the bobbin sits. Clean them. There is the location where they sit on the machine called the race. Clean it and put one drop of oil on it. Put everything back together.
6. Adjust the bobbin.
Look at the figures and information to help you.




Jul 22, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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White quilters star 1780 is running slow, how do I fix it? Have already cleaned feed dog and shuttle, what else can I do?

You can send out to repair to have it lubricated & oiled, or you can do this yourself. Not recommended though if you have pets or kids where you are working on machine. Remove needle, thread, bobbin. There are screws underneath. Don't lose them! One drop good quality oil on moving parts so lay machine back on a towel, remove screws, keep foot pedal up on table so you don't accidentally hot it with your foot. All gears that are not greasy get a very small dollop of lubricant (Singer makes a good one comes in red &white tube). All parts moving get the oe drop oil. Put plate back on, firmly tighten screws. Never lube or oil plastic parts! A drop of oil any metal screw located on top of machine. Lift machine up and if tip can be removed, you can check moving parts needing oil there and replace lid. If front section opens--left of needle bar--open it up and oil moving parts..I usually just apply one drop oil to TOP of needle bar Close lid. Put one drop oil on shuttle hook bottom left. Never oil tension discs. Run machine with scrap of fabric to get her nice and smooth sailing. If motor sounds like it's running heavy after that, take in for service, but unless motor needs replacement, you should see noticeable improvement immediately. Good luck and hope this helps! Jimmy Remove screws on top

Apr 04, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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I do not see any oil in the bubble on top and the machine is starting to sound weird. I just changed the oil and am afraid to use it because I might do damage to the machine.

hi there
1 - are you sure you are used same oil for industerial sewing machine? this oil is light and clear.
2 - if your machine used not new you can chack oil pumb and all tube for oil mybe some dust insaid it try to clean by air gun.
3- the last resone there is gear insid oil pumb if damged change oil pumb.
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Oct 07, 2010 | Juki DDL-8700

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How do I oil my Janome My Excel 18 w ? My machine has started to make a squeeking sound when sewing .I think it might need oiling but dont know where to put the oil?Can you please help me with this .

Take off all the outside covers you can, then basically put a drop of oil on anything that moves when you turn the machine over by hand. After this run the machine for a couple of minutes with no thread or fabric, you then need to wipe up any excess oil and refit all the covers.

Oct 10, 2009 | Sewing Machines

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How to oil

some machines have sealed bearings and need oil only on a few external moving parts .. most older machines need just about everything that moves oiled periodically .. we need a model number to tell which you have ... use only oil intended for sewing machines .. other types of oil might become gummy after a while and make a mess of the machine .. if you can open the machine to see inside .(usually the top comes off) .. then anything that moves not made of plastic gets a drop of oil .. there are usually several places under the machine that also get oiled .. in general if it moves oil it ... dont get oil inside the motor where the brushes are ... if your machine has sealed bearings then you dont have to and shouldnt oil them..

Aug 18, 2009 | Husqvarna Sewing Machines

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Where to I oil this machine

Get a good quality sewing machine oil, not general purpose oil as that will gum up over time.
If you don't have a manual, a good rule of thumb is to oil everything that moves, but lightly. Don't oil the motor or belts and use lubricant (usually sold in a tube), just a little dab, for the gears. The same with oil, just use a little bit and then move the machine by hand and you will see where the parts move.
Take off the top to see all the moving part and don't forget to oil underneath the machine as well.
You can find manuals for sale on a number of online sights and manybe even Sears.

May 22, 2009 | Kenmore 16622 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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