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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Squeaky machine with no oiling instructions ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 4/10/13 11:59 PM

While I was sewing today my machine started developing a slight squeak. I rethreaded the machine, redid the bobbin, changed the needle and cleaned it out. Still a slight squeak while sewing. My first thought is the machine needs some oil. My machine doesn't come with oil and there are no instructions for oiling in the manual, doesn't even mention oil. I can't find a way to swing the front of the case open, the presser foot pressure knob seems to block it. I do have machine oil from my old machine. I have a Singer Signature which has been working very well since I got it. I'm going to call Singer tomorrow or Friday, but if I can handle it myself it would be good. The squeaking is not loud or scary, but I would rather nip problems in the bud then let them develop into a big problem. The machine is under warranty, but it would shipping it 100 miles away, not my first choice. So any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Date: 4/11/13 8:52 AM

How long have you owned the machine? It probably needs oil.

When you remove the bobbin and the bobbin case, like for a thorough cleaning, can you see a small hole 1/4" wide, dead-center of the flat "floor" below the bobbin case area? Is there some white fuzzy looking wick? If so, that is where you oil the bottom part of the machine. Add a drop of oil, and run the machine for a minute or two. See if that helps. It might need another drop of sewing machine oil. Make sure your SM oil is reasonably "fresh." I had some that was ten years old and my tech nearly had a cardiac. I guess it can thicken up over time (ack) and a fresh bottle was only a few dollars.

I would never try to oil anything in the head of a computerized machine. I leave that to techs.

eta - here is a good tutorial for good tutorial for cleaning and oiling Janome machine, which is made very similarly to your Singer. It has very good photos, too of oiling the wick. Call Singer's 1-800 consumer education department if you have any questions. That is a feature I wish more SM manufacturers had in this country(!). They know their machines and will be more than happy to help you out.
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Date: 4/11/13 10:28 AM

Yep, I do see the wick, but before I oil it I need to get fresh oil. Mine is 20+ years old! I've had the machine 10 months and it's never been oiled. The manual doesn't give any mention of it, and I didn't realize about the wick. I prefer not to take my machine apart, trust me, I killed a machine once doing that. Now my older Necchi doesn't make me nervous, but it's a mechanical machine. I will be calling Singer today or tomorrow, I may have to be on hold for a while but at least I can talk to a human being I'll oil the bobbin case later today and see if that helps.
Mary

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Date: 4/11/13 10:29 AM

When in doubt, don't!

New machines have the parts that need lubricating, factory sealed. So there is no way the user can access these areas.

Mechanical machines, do have areas than are to be oiled.

If this is not in the maintenance section of the manual for the machine, do not oil where you think it may be needed.

If there are oiling instructions, use new oil for sewing machines. New, meaning it was purchased during this century and has not turned yellow.

The Singer Company has a site that may have already addressed this in the FAQ section.

Found it here exceptions from Singer.


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Date: 4/11/13 10:33 AM

If you sew a lot the machine needs servicing. That will not only "oil" the machine but lubricate it in the way that is should be, and check timing etc., etc. It is a good investment to have your machine serviced. Usually yearly or even longer works unless you are a prolific sewer, and apparently you are! :)

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Date: 4/11/13 1:32 PM

Thanks for the help. That's why I posted here before I did anything to the machine, my version of 'measure twice cut one'. I deserve a big "doh" for forgetting to check Singer's web page. I followed their advice and put a little oil in the bobbin and on the needle clamp. Sewed some long seams in the satin stitch I was using when it was squeaking, and didn't hear anything. I was sewing the appliques with my head practically on the machine. I REALLY need bifocals. I'm still going to call Singer though, it won't hurt.
Mary

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