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Posted on: 9/3/04 2:15 PM
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Most machine (at least the non-computer ones) should be "oiled" ever 8 to 10 hours of use. I am talking about lubricating in the little spots the manual shows. I use Tri-flow since Ray Sewing Machine repair class. It doesn't gum up and collect ick. Plus it has a long an very tiny tube that allows you to put 1/2 to 1 drop of oil in the machine.

annual oiling: I learned to take of the top, side and bottom and, turning the hand wheel slightyl toward me, watch the little parts move. If metal touches metal and moves it gets a drop of oil. This is the major oiling that the repair guys do when you take it in.

I found this at the local bike shop and an auto supply store. My friend had a sewing machine that was "locked" up tight and she liberally squirted this on all moving parts and then repeated the next day. It now moves!

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Virginia said... (10/20/04 12:03 PM) Reply
Are there any repair classes offered on line? I think I will check. Great idea!
Kathy M said... (9/7/04 7:49 AM) Reply
Thanks for the reminder, I would oil my Pfaff 2030 (bobbin area) everytime I would change bobbins. However, now that I started to use the prewounds, which last much longer, I find I'm not oiling as often (didn't have my reminder).
Janie Viers said... (9/4/04 7:42 AM) Reply
Luckily the Tri-flow add on tube (included) is 3-4 inches long. Great for getting the little spots. I accidently bent the tip of mine and it goes into the little hidden parts now. Don't bend unless you are sure you want to!
SewVeryTall said... (9/4/04 0:04 AM) Reply
Good tip, cleaning and oiling are so important. It will keep your machine running like new, and make it last a lifetime. One thing I do, to reach places that are hard to get to, is put the drop of oil on the flat end of a screwdriver, then touch it to the part. After each drop of oil, turn the wheel to work it in.
alicia said... (9/3/04 6:16 PM) Reply
I don't oil the Vikings but the White serger, the Sailrite and the (really old and trusty) Montgomery Ward all need it regularly. Thanks for the tip!!
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