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Date: 10/7/08 5:13 PM

My husband got me just what I wanted for my last birthday -- a new bottle of Singer machine oil for my 15-91.

The oil is good. But the bottle makes a dreadful, drippy mess when I oil the machine.

Recently, I got a bunch of vintage (from the 1960-80s) notions via craigslist. One of the items was a squeezy, clear plastic tube of oil capped with a long needle-like end not unlike the kind the doctor used to give me shots as a kid. It is a fantastic little tool for putting only a drop of oil exactly where I want it to go.

The oil in this handy applicator is yellowish, compared to the virtually clear oil in my drippy oil, so I have not put it into my sewing machine.

I'm wondering whether I can/should use the old oil in my machine. Does sewing machine oil turns bad over time?

I also got an old metal squeeze can of Singer machine oil that is more than half full. I'm happy to relegate it to the trash, but it doesn't drip like that newfangled plastic bottle!


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Date: 10/7/08 6:31 PM

Yes, sewing machine oil does deteriorate over time. If it's yellow, don't use it - it will gum your machine rather than lubricate it.

Dritz makes Zoom Spout Oiler, a bottle of sewing machine oil with a long, flexible and retractable tube. The tube is very narrow so you have better control over how much oil it delivers. That, with the flexibility of the tube, has worked very well for me when oiling those hard to reach spots. I purchased mine at JoAnn's.

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Date: 10/7/08 6:50 PM

Hmmm.. does anyone know if different machine oil brands are different colors?? I ask because I've purchased two sewing machines in the last 3 months (Bernina's) & both of them came with bottles of yellowish oil. On the other hand, I also have an ancient bottle of Pfaff oil for an old serger & that oil is still clear!

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Date: 10/7/08 11:17 PM

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"I also got an old metal squeeze can of Singer machine oil that is more than half full. I'm happy to relegate it to the trash..."

The old metal Singer cans can be quite collectible. Be sure to check your can's (possible) value before tossing it in the trash.
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Date: 10/8/08 9:47 AM

I agree that sewing machine oil, and probably also regular household oil, deteriorates over time. I, too, have owned two Bernina's and both came with a bottle of oil that was light yellow rather than clear. But, I wouldn't use any oil in my machine that I didn't know how old it was. I also have that Dritz "Zoom Spout" oil and it is clear. I bought mine at Wal-Mart.

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Date: 10/8/08 11:11 AM

I love my zoom spout too!

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Date: 10/8/08 10:35 PM

That precision oiler, the one with the needle, may be refillable. If it is just dump the old oil, put in a bit of new, shake it a bit, and dump that. Then fill it up with new oil.

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Date: 10/10/08 11:14 AM

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That precision oiler, the one with the needle, may be refillable. If it is just dump the old oil, put in a bit of new, shake it a bit, and dump that. Then fill it up with new oil.




That's what I did with my oiler. I didn't like the looks of the sewing machine oil in my precision type oiler, so I replaced it with Triflow lubricant. I have a lot of vintage Singers and Triflow is what many of the members on the Vintage Singers yahoo groups recommend. Am I allowed to post a link? I have no affiliation with Triflow. In addition to the lubricant, I also use use Triflow brand synthetic grease (to grease the metal gears on my vintage Singers). The Triflow products are fantastic, IMO.

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