Sewing Machine Maintenance – Facts To Be Aware Of

Sharon asks…

Sewing machine maintenance? How to oil?

I’ve never oiled a sewing machine before. I read on a website that you must use specific sewing machine oil. I have some Castrol general oil and it says on the container that it can be used on sewing machines… do you think its ok to use? or should I get specific sewing machine oil?

admin answers:

The oil you have should work, the key is not to use too much.

Most machines have ports or holes where you can insert the

tip of an oil can (this is where a specific sewing machine oil

may be better- the container usually has an extra long

cap that can reach into these holes)

Usually the front of the machine opens over the foot, you

will see a shaft that lifts the needle, a few drops should be

applied here, you will see more moving parts if you turn

the needle manually, anything that moves needs a drop of

oil at the connections. There may be some holes and

even a metal piece secured by a screw on the back side

of the machine, open that port and oil the moving pieces

inside. Then lift your machine and exam the bottom of

the machine, you should be able to see the bobbin

assembly and the different shafts that move those pieces.

Again, manually turn the wheel so you can see these pieces

move and oil all the places where the parts meet and move.

Just a drop for each place is enough.

After you oil every moving part, take a piece of scrap material and run the machine for a few minutes. If you have

over oiled, anything that may drip on your material will have

a chance to do it to the scrap, not your sewing project.

Remember, even with regular oiling, if you sew a lot,

take your machine into a sewing machine repairman

yearly to have a tune up and check for cracks or wear

on the rotor and the foot pedal. If you keep your machine

in good shape, it will last quite a while, I have one machine

that I got over 30 years ago, I use it almost everyday, and

an old featherweight Singer with all the attachments that is

over 50 years old that I inherited from an old family friend.

Linda asks…

Sewing Machine Maintenance – How Often Should You Lubricate a Sewing Machine?

admin answers:

Oil your sewing machine after every 9-10 hours of stitching work. Sewing machine oil is clear white and may be different for your particular brand. Use just a drop of oil in each location to lubricate the moving parts and prevent rust.

Lizzie asks…

where can I find information on old sewing machines for maintenance?

I’m from Guatemala, and I own 2 industrial sewing machines, one is a SINGER 251-1 AM355046 (thats the only number i found) an the other is an overlock S.p.A.V.Rimoldi & C. Milano 229-00-1.B made in Italy. the thing is that in Guatemala there aren’t places that give maintenance to that kind of machines, and I need to learn how to do it myself, from needle them to put them to work; but i don’t want to do it because I don’t have the manual, or any guide, and I don’t have any experience with sewing machines. Do anyone knows some place where i can find the manuals for this two machines, or some guides, or any forum where I can ask about??? Any information will be useful.


admin answers:

I think its, just contact the company. Tell them what is going on and I bet they will send you instructions.

Lisa asks…

I have a Janome Jem Platinum 760 sewing machine. Is oiling partof this machine’s maintenance?

(I could not find info in the owner’s guide…..and I did not receive oil as part of the accessory kit)

Thanks for your help

admin answers:

Lik everyone else I could not find the information, but click here to email them the question/problem and they should get right back to you.

Good Luck

Maria asks…

Anyone know how to adjust dog feet on a Viking 6430 sewing machine?

A Viking 6430 sewing machine we recently bought over the internet will not feed material to be sewn. The dog feet rotate properly but continue to fall down and will not grip the material. I partially dismantled the unit and all seems to be in place, including the spring forcing the feet up. Any ideas? Anyone have a maintenance manual with info?

admin answers:

Take off the Needle Plate first and check to see if there is a build up of lint stopping the Feed Dog getting above the Plate. Also check that the Plate is flat, if not you may need to replace.

If there is no lint try this, set the Stitch length to zero. Turn the handwheel and you should see the Feed Dog rising above the Plate just as the Needle starts to go above the Plate. If it doesn’t you will need to adjust it higher. The Feed dog should be just below the plate as the Needle enters the Needle Plate on the way down.

Some machines have a Darning function to stop the Feed Dog rising and some also have an adjustment switch to set the height for thicker fabrics. I’m not really familiar with this model as I used to work on Industrials but you can buy an operators book from the link below, Maintenance Manuals are usually only available to Dealers and Sewing Machine Mechanics.

Another thing to check is when you turn the Handwheel if you feel a tighness for a few degrees (with the Presser Foot up) you may have a broken Gear. Also check that the Presser Foot is coming all the way down with no space between it and the Plate when the Needle is down.

Sewing Machines are precision machines and adjustments are made in thousands of an inch, a full service usually only costs about 50 to 75 without parts and you would need to find a Husqvarna Sewing Machine Dealer to get the proper service.

Best of luck, let me know if it works, Cheers, Joe

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