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How Frequently Should You Apply Oil?
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Date: 1/19/13 7:43 PM

Can someone give me some guidance on how frequently I should oil a mechanical vintage machine? I don't use the machine frequently - so if I fire it up just once or twice a year, should I oil it before I start sewing?

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Date: 1/19/13 9:12 PM

Yes. Even the best oil will gum up as it dries from sitting. You should oil everything that has moving metal to metal contact before using the machine if it is used that seldom. I always oil up when the machine has sat a while, and I can tell the difference if I don't. It's not possible to over-oil the machine, any excess will just drip out. Or go all over your fabric, which is not good, but it can't harm the machine. Clean everything while you're in there oiling.

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Date: 1/21/13 7:10 PM

This is very helpful informationj, I will follow these instructions. Thanks a lot!

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Date: 1/21/13 7:24 PM

Please, use only sewing machine oil. never, never use WD40

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Date: 1/21/13 7:43 PM

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Please, use only sewing machine oil. never, never use WD40

I'll expand this to say SM oil OR Tri-Flow. Never WD40, 3-in-1, olive oil, etc.

(There was a thread on some SM forum a week or so back where a guy was about to use olive oil because that's what he had handy...)

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Date: 1/21/13 7:59 PM

What kind of machine? There are many vintage machines that have plastic parts. These you do not want to oil, so let us know what machine you are talking about. :)

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Date: 1/22/13 9:22 PM

I'm talking about a Singer 15-91 in this instance, but, I also have a Singer 66. Neither machine gets used more than about 2 times a year.

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Date: 1/23/13 0:36 AM

Oh yes, that is old enough for the sewing machine oil or whatever lubricant they use as well.I have a friend who wants me to buy her 66-16 but I am not interested because I can't lift it. But it makes a terrific stitch! :)

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Date: 1/23/13 9:52 PM

Both the 15-91 and the 66 make the most awesome straight stitch I've ever seen. And, they can both plow through multiple layers of cloth.

I plan to attempt FMQ with the 15-91 so wish me luck. Should be quite an adventure. I know you've been trying your hand at FMQ lately. Hopefully the stars will all be in alignment when I give it a try.

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