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« on: May 18, 2010 11:32:47 PM »

I'm fairly new to sewing, and was wondering if someone of you expert seamstresses could give some tips and hints on sewing machine maintenance.  I just, for the first time ever, cleaned out my machine and oiled it, and since I don;t have a manual, did a whole lot of guessing and hoping.

So....how often should a it be oiled?  Cleaned?  What kind of tools would be good to have on hand for cleaning?  What kinds of oil work? What kinds of things extend machine life?  What shortens machine life? Or... do you have any other bit of machine advice you might have picked up along the way?

I  I know that all machines are slightly different, but surely there must be some ideas or care techniques that are shared by all machines.

Any kind of information would be greatly appreciated!

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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2010 04:12:14 AM »

Why don't you have a manual?

What is the make and model of your machine?

As a general rule of thumb, they should be cleaned (de-linting) after every project, and oiled at the bearing points with about every 8 hours of use.   However, some machines are NOT meant to be oiled by the end user, but rather to be serviced annually by a sewing tech.

This page from my blog is filled with resources for maintaining a machine. Resources for DIY Sewing Machine Repair & Maintenance


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