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Why Oil Your Sewing Machine?

Why Oil Your Sewing Machine? Sewing machines are an essential tool for anyone who loves to sew. #sewingmachine

Why Oil Your Sewing Machine?

Why Oil Your Sewing Machine? Sewing machines are an essential tool for anyone who loves to sew. #sewingmachine

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However, like any other machine, they need regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly. One of the most critical steps in maintaining a sewing machine is oiling it. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of oiling your sewing machine and provide a step-by-step guide on how to do it correctly.

The Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz comes to my mind when oiling a sewing machine … “Oil Can!” The Tin man explains!

Just like me, we neglect the sewing machine and not oil it. It needs oiled to keep working properly. The same with the Tin Man he needed oil from where he was neglected.

A sewing machine has many moving parts that rub against each other, causing friction and wear. Oiling your sewing machine helps to lubricate these parts and reduce the amount of friction, extending the life of the machine. Regular oiling also prevents rust and corrosion from forming on the metal parts of the machine. Additionally, a well-oiled sewing machine runs more smoothly, resulting in more even stitches and fewer thread breaks.

When to Oil Your Sewing Machine?

How often you should oil your sewing machine depends on how often you use it. If you sew frequently, it’s best to oil your machine every eight hours of use. If you sew occasionally, oiling it every few months should be sufficient. Always refer to your sewing machine’s manual for specific oiling instructions.

What kind of oil do I use?

It’s important to use a high-quality oil specifically designed for sewing machines. Sewing machine oil is a clear, lightweight oil that is designed to lubricate the machine’s moving parts without staining fabrics or leaving residue. It’s important to avoid using other types of oil, such as motor oil or cooking oil, as they can damage the machine or cause thread breaks. You can purchase sewing machine oil at most fabric or sewing supply stores or online. Make sure to check your sewing machine’s manual to see if the manufacturer recommends a specific brand of oil.

It is not recommended to use WD-40 as a lubricant for your sewing machine. While WD-40 can act as a lubricant, it is primarily a solvent and should not be used as a long-term lubrication solution for machinery.

Instead, it is best to use a specialized sewing machine oil that is formulated to lubricate the specific parts of a sewing machine. Sewing machine oil is designed to be lightweight, clear, and odorless, which makes it perfect for lubricating the intricate components of a sewing machine.

Using the correct oil for your sewing machine can help to ensure that it continues to run smoothly and quietly, and it can also extend the life of the machine. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for oiling your sewing machine to avoid damaging it.

How to Oil Your Sewing Machine?

Before you start oiling your sewing machine, make sure to unplug it from the electrical outlet. Then, gather your supplies: sewing machine oil, a small brush, and a clean cloth.

Step 1: Clean the Machine

Start by cleaning the machine thoroughly. Use the small brush to remove any dust, lint, or debris from the machine’s surface and internal parts. Be sure to pay attention to the areas around the bobbin case, feed dogs, and tension disks. Use a clean cloth to wipe away any remaining dirt or debris.

Step 2: Locate the Oil Ports

Refer to your sewing machine’s manual to locate the oil ports. These are usually marked with a small oilcan symbol. Common oiling points include the shuttle race, needle bar, and feed dogs.

Step 3: Apply the Oil

Apply a small amount of oil to each oil port. Be careful not to over-oil the machine as too much oil can attract dust and debris, causing more harm than good. Use a clean cloth to wipe away any excess oil.

Step 4: Run the Machine

After oiling, turn on the sewing machine and run it at a slow speed without any fabric. This helps distribute the oil evenly throughout the machine. Once you’re done, wipe away any excess oil.

Oiling your sewing machine tips

Here are some additional tips to keep in mind when oiling your sewing machine:

  1. Always refer to your sewing machine’s manual for specific oiling instructions. Different models and brands may require different oiling techniques.
  2. Use only a small amount of oil when lubricating your machine. Over-oiling can attract dust and debris, causing more harm than good.
  3. Wipe away any excess oil with a clean cloth to prevent it from staining your fabric.
  4. Only oil your machine when it’s turned off and unplugged. This prevents accidental injury and damage to the machine.
  5. Regularly clean your sewing machine to prevent dirt and debris from clogging the machine and affecting its performance.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your sewing machine stays in top condition and continues to perform at its best.


So don’t neglect oiling your sewing machine and maybe keep in mind the Tin Man to remind you to oil that sewing machine of yours. I hope that I can be better at it!

Oiling your sewing machine is a crucial step in keeping it running smoothly and extending its lifespan. Regular oiling also helps prevent rust and corrosion from forming on the machine’s metal parts. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can ensure that your sewing machine stays in top condition, allowing you to create beautiful and intricate designs with ease and speed.

If you have anything to share with my readers in regards to oiling your sewing machine, please feel free to share in the comments below.

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