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How Do I Know if My Sewing Machine Needs Oil?

You don’t know what the machine has been through and how to fix it. It’s always a good idea to bring a new machine in for servicing.

It’s a good idea to speak to the service technician at that point. Different brands and models of machines might need different servicing. Also, different types of projects and usage may require more frequent servicing.

The machine service is not always consistent. It’s always a good idea to take your machine in for service if you:

  • Thread is often getting stuck or breaking
  • You are breaking a lot of needles
  • The machine’s engine doesn’t make a repetitive sound.
  • Oily marks appear on your fabric and your hands
  • The thread won’t catch, so the machine won’t sew.

How Do We Apply Oil to the Sewing Machine?

How Do We Apply Oil to the Sewing Machine

There are many places you can apply oil to your sewing machine if it needs it. These are your handwheel, your thread take-up lever, and the shuttle race of your bobbin. Oiling should also be done on all moving parts of your sewing machine.

Before you apply oil to your sewing machine, always clean it. Add one to two drops of oil at each location.

For a list of areas that need oiling, consult your sewing machine manual. Check your manual to determine the type of oil and lubricant you should use.

There are several types. This sewing machine oil is recommended if you are unsure. Use car oil only. WD-40 is not recommended. Sewing machine oil, which is clearer and lighter than other types, is more transparent.

Wipe away any oil left over after you’ve finished applying it to your sewing machine. It is important to not let the oil get on the fabric or inside your machine.

Then, test your machine. Many sewing machines will require that you disassemble parts before you apply oil. To ensure that your machine is still working properly after you have finished applying oil, always test it.

How to Clean and Oil a Sewing Machinery?

How to Clean and Oil a Sewing Machinery

Sewing machines are complex devices that require careful maintenance to keep them running smoothly. It is essential to maintain your sewing machine’s health if you use it regularly. You will get the best results from your sewing machine if all parts are in good condition.

Let’s talk about how to clean and oil your sewing machine before we get into the details.

  • Make sure your machine’s basket and crochet are always clean.
  • If you hear your sewing machine make squeaky sounds, grease them immediately.
  • Only use high-quality thread for your sewing machine. They can cause damage by fraying easily, knotting, and being flaky.
  • Different bobbins are recommended for different tasks with your sewing machine.
  • It is important to replace needles on an ongoing basis. They are almost inconspicuous to the naked eye but can cause serious damage and hinder your sewing skills.

One product can do all the work when it comes to cleaning your sewing machine. This is a WD-40 Multi-Use Product.

The product can be used to clean and lubricate different parts of your sewing machine to maintain a smooth and efficient operation. You only need a can of WD-40 to maintain your sewing machine. It will serve a variety of purposes.

Step 1

Unplug the machine first. Remove the throat plate from your sewing machine to clean it. This is where the majority of dust and fabric fibers gather. To remove the throat plate, consult your manual. Some machines include a screwdriver that removes the plate. Others simply slide off.

Step 2

To collect dust, use a nylon brush. Use compressed canned air to blast your machine, as this can further clog the machine.

Take out any bobbin cases and thoroughly clean them. Make sure you get between the feed dogs and the inside of your bobbin case. To remove dust, use a screwdriver to push it out or brush it out with the nylon brush.

Step 3

After cleaning the lower portion of your machine, oil it. Sewing machine oil, a specially formulated oil, is designed to prevent friction and eventual wear. Apply the oil by using one hand to move the hand wheel backward and forward. 

This will show you where the moving parts touch, and where friction has been created. Apply a small amount of oil to the moving parts.

Make sure it’s sewing oil. A small oil container may be included with your machine. To get the oil in, turn the wheel a few times so that the oil is pushed in.

Step 4

To absorb extra oil from your machine’s body, take a piece (muslin works well) of fabric. Do not allow any oil to seep into your next project.

Now, you can put the throat plate back on and your machine is ready for use. Use a dust cloth to wipe down the whole machine. Make sure you brush along the thread path.

Turn on the machine and test a few seams with scrap fabric before you start your next project.

Our last tip is to cover your machine when not in use to keep dust and debris from building up. You can make your cover, or you may be provided with one by the manufacturer.


  • Sometimes, small vacuum attachments are useful for cleaning up lint.
  • Because of the moisture in your lungs, it is a bad idea for your breath to try and blow out the lint from a sewing machine.
  • Use a flashlight to illuminate any areas that you have difficulty seeing.


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