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Topic: Serger out of storage-what a mess! Help!  (Read 689 times)
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« on: August 21, 2008 06:09:13 PM »

I just got my serger (Singer Ultralock 14-85U) out again after it had been in storage at my ex-husband's.  The machine is a mess!  Sad  Other than the dust and dirt, there is a lot of rust and crud on it.  I have vacumned it out best I could, but don't know where to begin with the rest of getting it cleaned up again.  I am certain it needs oil, but can't find the book for it.  And the bits of rust-what to do? I don't have any steel wool or sandpaper of any kind.

On the good side, it does work fine, even in the mess it's in, but I don't want to push my luck in using it until I give it a good once over.  Taking in to the shop is out of the question as we are in the middle of Tropical Storm Fay and I am not driving in 35+ mph wind over bridges!  Since I don't have to go to work tomorrow due to the storm, I thought it would be a good day to try to clean up my machine.

Any and all help and suggestions appreciated.

« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2008 08:12:37 AM »

This applies to sergers as well Smiley
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2008 09:11:48 AM »

Thanks for the link!  Last night (until I lost power) and this morning I have been working on it.  I rummaged around under the sink and found a couple of unused green scrubby pads and they worked pretty well to get off the surface rust.  There are a few parts that still need steel wool, and at least one looper may need to be replaced.  I took off the knives and scrubbed them, then oiled lightly.  I used a little battery powered vacum that I use on computers and wow-what a lot of stuff hidden in there!  A good oiling and she's working smoothly.  I do think the tensions may be messed up, since it does tend to skip stitches every now and then.  I will try replacing the needle when I can actually leave the house again.  All I have are sewing machine needles and I don't think I want to try them!

 Cheesy Thanks for your help!
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