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Date: 9/24/13 5:16 PM

The instruction manual says to replace the grease in the 2 motor grease cups with Singer Motor Lubricant. I don't have any, but do have Tri-Flow grease. Can I use that instead? I did a quick internet search, and some said that was what they used, but others said not to use Tri-flow but that you can use vaseline, and others said only to use the Singer grease. One person said that the Singer grease is just vaseline. Hmmmm, does anyone know for sure?

Also, how much grease do I put in, and what's the easiest way to do that? What is the equivalent of "a quarter of a tube"?

Thank you so much! I really appreciate all your kind help.

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Date: 9/24/13 5:33 PM

IMO...no no no no no.

Never ever use oil where lube (grease) is called for. And I wouldn't use Tri-Flow for anything but cleaning.

Just imo.

Use proper Singer lube (red and white tube) for greasing, and a good quality sewing machine oil for oiling.

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Date: 9/24/13 6:32 PM

I think Sew-Classic has good advice:

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Not recommended for grease tubes or pots that lubricate motor bearings via a wick. Use petroleum jelly for those applications.


She sells and recommends Tri-Flow grease (not oil) for lubing gears.
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Date: 9/24/13 7:47 PM

If you are referring to Tri-Flow High Performance Synthetic Grease, yes, use it in the grease cups on your 201.

Use Tri-Flow Superior Lubricant on the oiling spots indicated in your manual. It is vastly superior to any clear sewing machine oil.

Forget the Vaseline. It is a stop-gap remedy to be used only "in a pinch".

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Date: 9/25/13 8:31 AM

It is getting harder to find Singer lubricant on retail stores. But I have bought Tri Flow GREASE, not oil, from Sew Classic for lubing purposes. I take a toothpick and get all the old grease out, then just squeeze in the new grease until it's full - oozing out.

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Date: 9/25/13 12:57 PM

Thank you, all of you, for helping me with this. I should have clarified that I have both the Tri-Flow oil (Superior Lubricant) and the Tri-Flow Grease (Clear Synthetic Grease), and I had already oiled all the oiling points with the Tri-Flow oil, and had lightly greased the gears with Tri-Flow Grease.

LynnRowe: I would use the Singer lube, but I don't have any, and it's a 1/2 hour drive to get somewhere that 'might' have it. I do have the Tri-Flow grease and that's why I was wondering if I could substitute it this time.

B: Thanks for reminding me about Sew-Classic - I went to her web site and found it very helpful.

crankyoldlady: I will go ahead and use the Tri-Flow Grease this time... thanks for the warning about the vaseline because I almost went ahead and used it.

lisalu: I got the old grease out - thanks for letting me know how much to put in, basically to "fill it up".

Again, thank you all for your help - I can't wait to start sewing with my 'new to me' 201!

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Date: 9/26/13 10:28 AM

To me, the Tri-Flow grease feels much thicker than Singer lubricant. The grease in the motor tubes is designed to flow through the wick and lubricate the motor for a prolonged period. Will the Tri-flow wick the same as Singer lubricant? Will the Teflon in the Tri-Flow clog up or otherwise affect the wicks? I use other greases for gears but keep a tube of Singer lubricant specifically for motor tubes.

Singer Lubricant is getting harder to find in stores but is available on Etsy.

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Date: 10/16/13 2:10 PM

I used Tri-Flow Grease in the grease pots and the machine sews beautifully now but was making what I would describe as a 'whirring' sound.

You're right, B, that Jenny from Sew-Classic does not recommend Tri-Flow Grease for the grease pots. She e-mailed me this: "Re: Singer lubricant- they have changed their formulation. It also now has a very high melting point and is no longer suitable for grease pots.
"For Singer motors with grease pots, I no longer suggest the Singer grease. The new formula (2013) no longer has a low enough melting point to have the needed capillary action to travel through the wick and lubricate the motor bearings. I suggest petroleum jelly for this particular application at this time. "

So I cleaned all the Tri-Flow Grease out of the grease pots and refilled them with vaseline. Guess what? No more 'whirring' noise, just a gentle, quiet hum. Amazing!

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Date: 10/16/13 2:20 PM

I used vaseline in my Rocketeer and it worked just fine. Singer grease is getting harder to find I couldn't, that's why I used the vaseline.

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