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Kenmore 16221 -- how to oil?
Got the machine w/all parts but no manual
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Date: 5/29/12 11:39 AM

I got a Kenmore 16221 on Craigslist for $40 this weekend. It was neatly stored in the box/styrofoam and the bobbin area was very clean. It came with every attachment it was sold with and a pedal, but no manual.

How does one oil this machine? I'm a vertical bobbin user, and this drop-in horizontal bobbin machine is new territory for me.

Also, is it possible to take the cover off the machine to oil the innards where metal touches metal? I haven't figured that one out yet either.

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Date: 5/29/12 11:47 AM

I no longer have this machine, so I can't tell you exactly- but I'll tell you I had it for 5 years without oiling and it worked perfectly the whole time. Just clean the lint.

The manual is not a big help. The statement on oiling contradicts itself (it tells you to oil different places than it shows you.)

IIRC the only place both the diagram and text state to oil is on the top, where you open the swing arm. Problem is, no matter what kind of straw I used, I could never figure out how to REACH there.

(So basically I'm just posting to say you aren't the only one who has had problems oiling this.)
Great machine though.

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Date: 5/29/12 4:14 PM

Opening the swing arm to expose the needle bar et al is a great start!

I have one of those Zoom spout oilers which, with hope, will get me to the metal-meets-metal areas.

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Date: 5/29/12 4:25 PM

There should be an on-line manual if you can find it through Sears. I have seen a link mentioned here and have even been there, I just don't recall it and can't check now.
I believe you just open that side door and try to find all the places metal moves against metal (but I strongly suggest you find that manual!). That spout will help you. That is what I did a couple months ago with our church's 16221.

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Date: 5/29/12 5:00 PM

2nd try for this:

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Date: 5/29/12 5:02 PM

Yay it worked! As the previous poster said, you need oil that comes in a container with a telescoping spout and it will work great.

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Date: 5/29/12 5:44 PM

I have a Kenmore 18221. You got a great deal. You should be able to find the manual online. My machine is almost like yours; its pink with a few more features. Here is a picture from my manual:
Oiling spots
The manual says to open the face cover and oil the two points although the picture shows four points. It says to do it once a year-I am not sure that is enough. You can't get the cover off and you do not put oil in the bobbin case.
Hope this helps!

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Date: 5/29/12 6:26 PM

I have both the 16221 and the 18221. I must confess, I've never oiled them, I just wipe the dust out. I usually take my machines in once a year for a "spa" treatment and they do all the oiling and tune up

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Date: 5/29/12 7:23 PM

Great! Thanks for posting this. I see at least 4 arrows to places that need oil.
The bobbin placement is important also. The person who sews with this machine seems to get the bobbin holder into a wrong position now and then. I follow these directions to get it back in place.

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Date: 5/29/12 10:59 PM

Wowzer, the manual page with diagrams! I'll have that machine happy as a clam before you know it.

THANK YOU Pinkytoo!

And B, thanks for your suggestions too.

If anyone remembers the link for the manual, I'm all eyeballs here.

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