Thursday, August 28, 2014

Machine Fixings

I use my sewing machine a whole lot.
This summer I did some sewing for an old pole vault pit out at our 
local high school.
Well...
My machine was crying for some love 
after sewing 20 yards of 
burlap into two standard-covers
(covers for the bases of those tall things 
that hold up the bar which athletes pole vault over).

I didn't have the time or the money 
to take my machine in to get it serviced, and I'm pretty handy
with my tools (plus I'm somewhat mechanical). 
So...

I bit the bullet and decided to open up more than the basic cleaning my 
machine's maintenance book discussed.
WARNING!
I do not recommend doing this if you have a current 
warranty on your sewing machine! 

This could negate your warranty, 
and I certainly don't want that for you!

Also, I have to add a disclaimer here:

I will not be responsible for

anything that you oil in your machine, 
nor for any damages that might arise from this oiling.
If you choose to oil your sewing machine, it is at your own risk.


With that said, this posting is only meant to 
show you what can be oiled
in a sewing machine to make it move better.
Servicing every year or so is recommended, and I 
will be taking my machine in this winter. 
:)



I only opened up the very top case (where the main motor is)
and the left side case (where the needle housing is). 
My two goals were to 
1. clean out excess dust and loose threads, and 
2. oil only the moving parts without dripping
onto any electronics.
I made sure to keep the screws for each case with that section. 
I was happy to see that all four screws for my machine
were the same size

This is my machine's upper motor "crankshaft," if you will. 


Put a drop of oil on the moving joints

Put a drop or two of sewing machine oil in those two black circles, one just below the upper spring, and the one to the left of the lower spring. You can also rub a bit of oil on the springs themselves.
In order to lube other moving parts, like parts that slide back and forth,
I turned on the machine and depressed the foot pedal
to watch how things moved. 
I put a drop of oil on the main motor's sliding bar
(which works kinda like the crankshaft which turns your car's wheels)
It's not too complicated; you just want to keep all of your 
electronics oil-free!
:)
Wipe down any drips.

See that black part along the metal bar way back on the left? Put a drop of oil in there.
Also, wipe down the feed dogs with a bit of oil.




Finally,  after replacing your covers, do take a spare piece of fabric
and run your machine for a bit
to remove excess oil coming
from the needle and bobbin cases.

Here's to Girls with Tools!
Okay ~ and Boys! ;0)
Happy Sewing!!!

Enjoy your weekend and I hope this
has been helpful,
Barb
:)

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