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Old February 18th 04, 06:01 AM
Maine-iac Rose
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Default Singer 6136 Manual

when I lift my older Kenmore, I turn the wheel and look at parts that turn
underneath, and that is where I put a drop of oil. You may have some small
holes on the machine for oiling, but it would be better to get the manual to
find all the oiling places. If the side of your machine opens up, or the
top can come off, also look at metal to metal that turns and put a drop of
oil in those area also.
other than that, I would just wait for the manual to get there, and maybe
let the machine take a rest.

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I've lost mine. I can order one for 12-15 USAian $'s, but
it's going to take awhile to arrive.
Now would be a good time to really clean and oil my machine, as
I'm in between projects until this weekend, too.
Does anyone out there have a model like mine that can tell
me what critical pieces to oil while I'm waiting for my
manual to arrive?
Neither me, nor my husband has ever done any maintenance
on a sewing machine. We've just taken it into a dealer
to tune up. I feel that I need to know how to do it myself.
While we're on the subject of cleaning, how do some of you
clean yours, what tools do you use, etc.?


Old February 18th 04, 07:53 PM
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Hi Terri,

I think it sort of depends on the project, some are weeks or even (for
me at least) months long. I try to oil my machine at least once every 20
hours of actual sewing time. And sometimes I clean the most obvious
places every day when I'm in the middle of a big project. Some thread is
much lintier than other thread. I also use a lot of flannel backings for
my quilts and some of them produce lots of lint. One thing I have seen
in my manual though is not to ever oil the gears, they get the gear lube
instead. But I do what Rose said, oil all the moving parts, the places
where the metal touches metal. For cleaning, I use brushes, toothpicks,
qtips, whatever works. Or I should say I used to use toothpicks, I've
moved up to bamboo skewers since they are sturdier and less likely to
break. And of course, paper towels to wipe everything with.

Good luck, let us know how you make out. Just remember a little goes a
long way, better to under oil than over oil or so I've been told.

Judie, formerly in South Lake Tahoe, CA now in Rochester, NY
This book I'm reading, The Complete Guide To Machine Quilting,
recommends oiling it after every project and even in the middle
of a project, if it's a king sized quilt.
Do people really do this that often?


Old February 20th 04, 03:11 PM
Kate Dicey
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However, the interior bobbin plate was loaded with lint, dust
and such.
It took a long time to clean it out and I sent DH down to the
store to get some canned air.

I was advised never to use that on sewing machines, for two good reasons

1: you can blow the lint into inaccessible places, causing more
problems later!

2: it's cold: on electrical and electronic machines, this can cause
condensation which can short out or ruin the machine. On metal only
it can cause rust. OUCH!

Far better to get an attachment for the vacuum cleaner and suck out the

It's spent the past 18 years in an area so dusty that I could
dust twice a day and never get it all out of my house.

You dust? Coo, there's insanity! O vacuum everything... Yes, even

Anyway, it's nice and clean and happy now. I started it up
and it sound so much quieter!

Thanks for everyone's input.


Well done!

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