How to Restore a Singer Sewing Machine

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How to Restore a Singer Sewing Machine

Restoring a Singer sewing machine is a relatively simple process, providing there are no major mechanical faults or broken parts. All sewing machines should have basic maintenance and restoration performed on a regular basis to keep them working in top condition, regardless of their age. Whether consumers are lovingly restoring a vintage Singer from a bygone age, or simply wanting to improve the performance of their everyday, contemporary machine, there are a number of simple processes to attend to. One of the most crucial, yet often overlooked restoration tasks is to thoroughly clean the machine, inside and out, followed by oiling the machine. Changing the light bulb is another simple but effective restoration task for Singer sewing machines.

Cleaning the Machine

When restoring a Singer or any other brand of sewing machine, regardless of whether the model is three years old or 30, consumers should begin with the most basic but vital part of the restoration process, which is to clean the machine. All sewing machines collect lint and other debris while in use, and, when left unused, tend to gather a copious amount of dust particles. These particles clog up the mechanisms of the sewing machine, making it difficult to use, or even preventing the machine working at all. Careful and regular cleaning is essential and helps return a sewing machine to prime condition, or maintains a working machine at optimum efficiency.

A small brush, such as a paintbrush or a specific sewing machine cleaning brush is ideal, along with a can of compressed air. Using compressed air enables consumers to use air pressure to shift stubborn dust and debris, and dust gathered in hard to reach crevices without dismantling or damaging their machine. To begin, remove the thread and bobbins, including the bottom bobbin. Remove the needle along with the stitching plates. Using the stiff brush, sweep away as much of the built up lint and dust as possible. Use a little oil on a cotton bud to wipe away any stubborn lint. A can of compressed air works wonders for cleaning hard to reach areas. However, using compressed air around the opening for the stitch plate is not advisable as it can force debris down into the guts of the machine. Once all areas are clean, it's time to add oil.

Oiling a Singer Sewing Machine

Regular oiling is essential for any sewing machine. For old Singers, including vintage models,, through to contemporary models unused for some time, consumers may find that the machine has seized, makes a disturbing grinding or grating noise, or skips stitches, bunches thread, or generally performs poorly. One of the most common reasons for this is a lack of lubrication. Likewise for machines that get regular or even irregular use, it is important that consumers oil them on a consistent basis, after every few projects to keep their machine in top condition. Keeping the machine oiled also increases the lifespan, as parts are not worn away so quickly. Once the machine is clean and, particularly on older neglected models, old oil and grease buildup is removed, consumers should take a small amount of oil and a suitable applicator with a long, thin nozzle. Only one drop of oil is needed in each area. Too much oil is equally as hazardous as not enough. Oil any part of the machine where metal moves against metal. Parts to oil include the bobbin case, the hand wheel, and beneath the stitch plate. Some vintage machines have oil holes along the right hand side, while some contemporary machines are pre-lubricated and do not require oiling, so consult the manual before oiling.

Changing the Light Bulb

The light bulb on the Singer sewing machine allows users to see their stitching easily and clearly. Changing the light bulb is an easy task to perform and it prevents eye strain when working on a sewing machine. Ensure that the sewing machine is unplugged at the wall before removing the bulb. Loosen and remove the screw that holds the face plate that covers the light bulb.. Hold the faceplate firmly and pull downwards and away from the machine. Remove the bulb and carefully place the new one in its place. Replace the faceplate and carefully tighten the screws. Always consult with the Singer instruction manual to choose the correct type of light bulb.

How to Buy Singer Sewing Machines and Restoration Products on eBay

Singer sewing machines, from antique and vintage models, through to contemporary, top of the range machines with multiple stitch functions and computerised capabilities, are all widely available on eBay from an extensive range of reputable sellers, offering great prices, quick delivery, and excellent customer service. You can buy brand new sewing machines or used models in good working order. Alternatively, to make further savings, choose a Singer sewing machine in need of restoration and get yourself a challenging and rewarding project. Don't forget to purchase sewing machine oil, spare needles, light bulbs, and compressed air to have everything you need to get your sewing machine in tip-top condition.

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