Sewing machines come with a lot of technicalities, which can be a bit difficult for beginners. Apart from that, some experts also find it challenging to cope with the technical issues of a sewing machine because they have recently acquired a new, updated, more technological model of a sewing machine.
Indeed, every brand makes its sewing machine with different technicalities and diverse functions. Due to this technical diversity, one of the main questions pops up everywhere is: how to oil a sewing machine? If you know how to oil a Singer sewing machine, you may face a hard time oiling a sewing machine of Brother. Similarly, if you know how to oil a Brother sewing machine, you may find it difficult with Juki.
These brands produce their models in perfect competition—yet, they manage to create a significant amount of versatility in their products that one finds it almost stressful to simply learn how to oil a sewing machine.
Is It Important to Know How to Oil a Sewing Machine?
Whether you have an industrial-grade sewing machine or a regular desktop, taking care of it is necessary. And taking care means everything—from cleaning to regular oiling. Although you should fulfill all the necessities of your sewing machine, particularly, the lack of oiling can cause a dramatic reduction in the machine’s performance quality.
What’s more, the irregular pattern of oiling can cause technical disturbances in your machine, which may eventually corrupt several parts of the machine, making it inoperable.
But let’s admit: a lot of people end up asking a question: How to oil a sewing machine? It’s clear that oiling techniques are different for every brand, and, sometimes, it is hard to execute that task.
However, worry not. This guide will allow you to know how to oil a sewing machine in easy steps. Once you learn it, it will be a child’s play for you.
How to Oil a Sewing Machine by Brand?
As said above, oiling methods differ from brand to brand. Therefore, I will be covering the following two brands in this step-by-step guide: Singer and Brother.
How to Oil a Singer Sewing Machine?
Singer is one of the oldest and most-reputable sewing machine brands in the industry. Singer has revolutionized itself with time—and offers upgraded models for all generations. Due to Singer’s worldwide recognition, I found it important to list down the steps of how to oil a Singer sewing machine.
STEP 1: Removing the Needle Plate
The needle plate is located right below the needle, where the needle goes when you rotate the handwheel. To remove the needle plate, use the handwheel to raise the needle to its top. After that, with the help of a screwdriver, unscrew the needle plate.
STEP 2: Cleaning the Feed Dog
When the needle plate is removed, you will have to clean the feed dog next. To do that, use a brush or a soft, reachable piece of cloth, and clean the area. You can also use cotton buds for cleaning of the feed dog.
Step 3: Cleaning the Hook
Now, remove the hook cover, and remove the hook too. Use a brush or a soft cloth to clean the hook and the hook cover. Due to continuous running, these parts of the sewing machine often get greasy and dusty. Before oiling, it is essential to clean them.
Step 4: Lubricating
The next step is to lubricate the machine with oil. Machine oil can be easily bought from any local store. Many sewing machine models offer machine oil along with the package.
Apply only a few drops of sewing machine oil in the area from where you remove the hook. If the drops land safely, the machine is successfully lubricated.
Step 5: Closing
Put the hook and the hook cover back and screw back the needle plate. Congrats, your Singer sewing machine is oiled successfully.
How to Oil a Brother Sewing Machine?
Next to Singer, Brother is one of the most well-reviewed and market-leading brands out there. It is also famous for its continually upgrading models. Some sewing machine enthusiasts, mostly beginners, find it difficult to oil a Brother’s technically-diverse sewing machine models. Therefore, the steps below will help you learn how to oil a sewing machine by Brother.
STEP 1: Turning off the Machine
To get started with the progress, the sewing machine has to be turned off. Several parts need to be removed in the oiling process, and if the machine remains on, it can injure your hands and damage the machine. It is best to keep the machine off while working on its technical issues.
STEP 2: Removing the Bobbin Case
To remove the bobbin case, first, raise the needle to its highest point using the handwheel. Then, lift the presser foot using the lever located right above the sewing needle. Next, loosen the screw holding the presser foot and the needle, and remove both parts.
When the needle and the presser foot is removed, slide the needle plate and open/remove it. Inside you will find the bobbin case. Remove the bobbin case.
STEP 3: Moving the Hook
Use the handwheel to land the hook into the position where it can be smoothly oiled.
STEP 5: Cleaning
Use the brush or a piece of cloth to clean the hook of all the grease and dust.
STEP 5: Oiling
Once you have cleaned the hook, insert a few drops of oil—not more than 2—into the hook.
STEP 6: Closing
Once you have oiled the hook, place back the bobbin case, put the needle plate back, and attach the needle and the presser foot. Tighten the screw, so the needle and the presser foot doesn’t fall off.
Congrats, you have learned how to oil a sewing machine made by Brother.
Follow the steps above very carefully, and it will pretty easy for you to oil the sewing machine. Do not insert too much oil at once; it will leak out and stain your cloth. The right amount is always one or two drops.
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