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How to Oil a Sewing Machine | Step-by-Step

How to Oil a Sewing Machine

Sewing is an enjoyable hobby for some, but for others it’s a necessary skill. Whatever your motivation, mastering the art of sewing takes practice, and knowing how to oil a sewing machine can give you a big advantage. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of oiling your sewing machine, show you some of the main parts, and explain how to oil your sewing machine.

How to Oil a Sewing Machine | Step-by-Step Instructions

Sewing machine oil keeps your sewing machine running smoothly and prolongs its life. You can oil a sewing machine with sewing machine oil. Read more about How To Set Up A Sewing Machine?

Before oiling your sewing machine, you should first thoroughly clean it. Use a clean cloth to wipe away any dust or dirt from your machine. Then, use a small brush to remove any thread and dust from your sewing machine.

Next, unplug your sewing machine and wipe it clean with a cloth. Then, open the oil bottle and fill it up with oil.

Whenever you oil your sewing machine, you should oil the bobbin case last. Be sure the bobbin case is can open, and then oil the inside.

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How to Oil a Sewing Machine

If you’ve spilled oil or grease on your sewing machine, it can be a little difficult to clean it off, especially if you don’t know what you should do. But don’t worry! You can remove oil from a sewing machine without much trouble at all as long as you follow these simple steps. Check out How To Hem Shorts With Sewing Machine?

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Be careful not to drip oil on your fabric

Be sure to only put a certain amount of oil on your sewing machine, as too much oil can gum up the works.

Cleaning your sewing machine is easy to do. All you need to do to clean the machine is to unplug the cord, then remove the needle plate. Take off the bobbin case, thread clamps, and spool pin. You can then remove the presser foot and take out the bobbin.

If you are going to be using a new oil, be sure to put a small amount on a paper towel. Insert the paper towel into the oiling hole on the sewing machine. Then, put a drop of oil on the lint brush and wipe the oil into the machine.

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Run the Machine for a Few Minutes to Help Distribute the Oil

Put the machine on its back. If the machine is narrow, turn the handwheel so that you can access the bottom.

Oil the pivots, which look like bolts. Usually, there are 4 – 5 of them. Move the machine towards you so that the oil will drip down. Turn the handwheel backwards so that the oil can drip onto the oiling plate and spread it evenly.

  • Find the oiling holes. Most sewing machines have 4 holes on the bottom. Use a toothpick to oil each hole.
  • Turn the handwheel backwards, and pull the bobbin holder out. Using a toothpick, oil each loop on the bobbin holder.
  • Turn the handwheel backwards. Pull the bobbin out and make sure that it’s moving freely. Oil the bobbin’s spool.
  • Empty the bobbin. Make sure that it’s moving freely.
  • Using a toothpick, oil the hook assembly.
  • Put the bobbin back in the machine.
  • Turn the machine on. Run the machine for a few minutes to help distribute the oil.
  • Check to see if the machine is running smoothly. If not, repeat the steps above.
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How to Care for Your Sewing Machine?

Sewing machines have become an extremely useful tool in modern times. They are used for a variety of purposes, from sewing clothes to making crafts.

Whether you’re buying your first sewing machine or you’re a veteran in need of advice on how to care for your sewing machine, this guide will help you keep your favorite gadget in great condition.

Benefits of Oiling a Sewing Machine

When it comes to sewing machines, oiling is one of the most essential maintenance tasks that every owner performs. It not only keeps the machine functioning efficiently, but also extends its life, ensuring that it stays in good condition for a longer time.

There are several oil types, each suitable for different types of sewing machines. Generally speaking, oiling should be done on regular basis, with every two to three hours of use.


Jacky Butchers

Hi, I'm Jacky Butchers, managing and writing on LetMeSewing. I worked in the field for almost a decade, and I holds a degree in Textile Engineering from the University of the Punjab. I've an extensive experience with a wide range of sewing machines, and I'm is happy to share my skills with those just starting out.