How to Lubricate a Sewing Machine

There are more than a few parts which keep moving while a sewing machine is being used. To ensure smooth operation of the sewing machine, it is important to keep these parts lubricated with good quality sewing machine oil at all times.

This practice ensures that the sewing machine lasts for a longer period of time because the lubricating agent you use would considerably reduce friction between moving parts of the sewing machine. Lubricating a sewing machine is a fairly easy task and should not take too much of your time.

Things Required:

– Sewing machine
– Sewing machine oil
– A piece of Fabric


  • 1

    Visit a local sewing store or a retailer to purchase high-quality sewing machine oil. Avoid skimping when purchasing the oil because you will eventually get your money’s worth when the machine stays in top working condition for an extended time period.

  • 2

    Establish a safe working environment by removing the machine’s power plug from the power source. This is important because this project involves the use of fluids and an electric shock is likely if power supply to the machine is not disconnected.

  • 3

    Start by lubricating the mechanism responsible for driving the needle. Use only a few drops of oil for this purpose.

  • 4

    Refer to the instruction’s manual that came along with your sewing machine to determine which parts need to be lubricated. As in the previous step, use only a few drops of machine oil for each of the moving parts.

  • 5

    Allow enough time for the oil to work its magic. According to experts, this should take around 15 to 30 minutes at the most.

  • 6

    Plug the machine’s power cord back into the power source.

  • 7

    Run the sewing machine at a slow but constant pace. This will ensure uniform distribution of lubricating oil to all the moving parts in the sewing machine. Sew a scrap piece of fabric because running a sewing machine without fabric is not a good idea.

  • 8

    Your sewing machine has been lubricated properly. Repeat this process at least once every month. However, if you use the sewing machine excessively, consider lubricating the machine as frequently as once a week.

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