How To Oil A Sewing Machine? Let’s Find Out!

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Sewing machines are traditionally used for sewing and embroidery business or homework as well. If you are using any machine, it is mandatory to change the parts or oil the machine. Like when a human eats a healthy meal, they get more stamina and perform their duty properly. The same is the case with a sewing machine. After oiling the machine, it will become new and will work better than before.

When you are using the machine continuously, it will start producing noise and will irritate you after some time. So for quiet operation, you will have to oil the machine. Sewing machine oil can lubricate both home use machines and industrial business machines. 

Now, some people don’t know how to oil a sewing machine at home. So they take their machines to experts for service, and if you don’t want to do that and learn the complete process, you are at the right place. Here in this article, I have completely described “how to oil a sewing machine.”

How To Oil A Sewing Machine At Home In 3 Easy Steps!

Oiling a sewing machine at home is not as easy as it looks. Many people don’t follow the instructions properly and oil their machines without any manual. You can complete the process in only 3 steps.

  1. Preparing the machine for oiling and cleaning
  2. Cleaning the sewing machine
  3. Oiling the sewing machine

Read the article till the end to know all the 3 steps, so your sewing machine works properly after oiling.

Step-1 Preparing The Machine For Oiling And Cleaning

First of all, it is better to prepare the machine for cleaning. Now a question arises, how to prepare the machine for cleaning?

Obeying The Manual Instructions Accordingly

All machines are not of the same brands. The American brand Brother manufactures best quality sewing machines. In contrast, Singer machines have their quality and speed. So it’s necessary to check the manual for your machine first. It’s not a good idea to follow the standard manual. It is better to go with your machine manual.

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After researching deeply, I found out that it is better to clean your machine after every 10 hours of usage. While working, if you see that dust gathers, simply turn off the machine and clean it. Further, old model sewing machines have a feature, as they mark out the oil spots.

More so, it is good to have a copy of the manual, or you can install it from the brand website. In case it’s not working, directly call the local dealer and ask for it. On the other hand, self-lubricating machines don’t require oiling. You have to maintain them accurately.

Proceed Slowly

It’s better to use less oil and see how it reacts. If you need more oil, then use it. While cleaning, I recommend placing a piece of newspaper. Then gradually start oiling small areas first. 

Please read the manual clearly, so you understand the name of each part and how to oil it accordingly. One more thing, don’t oil the needle, bobbin, or plate as it is not good for fabric.

It is better to follow the process adequately. Clean the piece, brush it out, and lubricate the required area. Oil the parts one by one and put them back together. 

Preparing For Cleaning

Before oiling, clean the machine first. I turned off the machine and unplugged it. Further, disconnect the big parts of the machine as it will disturb you while cleaning—for example, plates, bobbin cases and foot pressers. In case your machine consists of a bobbin hook, detach it for better cleaning.

Step 2 Cleaning The Sewing Machine.

Now your machine is ready for cleaning. Without wasting any further time, take a small brush and start.

Use A Small Brush

For removing heavy lint and dust, it is better to use a small, stiff brush. Brush out as much lint as you can. Some brands give stiff brushes with the machines, but you have to buy them in some cases. 

You may not be able to remove all the lint because of compressed locations. In that case, use tweezers to remove the lint. Thoroughly clean your machine before oiling. Use a piece of cloth and wipe away the remaining dust and lint from the machine. 

Use Compressed Air

You can also clean the parts with compressed air, but you have to follow the below precautions properly.

  • Hold the nozzle and spray the air from 10.2cm, so it blows the lint out from the machine. Changing the distance will blow the lint further into the machine, which becomes a bigger headache then.
  • When it comes to cleaning the needle plate, first unscrew it and then clean it with air. Disconnect the plate, and spray all the area with air, then wipe it out with a soft cloth according to the manual.

Step-3 Oiling The Sewing Machine

After cleaning all the lint and dust from the machine, wipe all the parts from a soft cloth. Now your machine is ready to be oiled.

Purchase Sewing Machine Oil

First of all, you have to purchase the sewing machine oil from a shop. You can’t use any other kind of oil or car oil for your machine. A small bottle of oil is enough for one time of oiling. Some brands provide the oil while buying the machine. 

You can purchase it from a fabric shop; you will get it easily. It is mandatory to use the oil written in the manual. The machine oil is different from house oil and car oil, it’s lighter and clearer.

Pour Oil Drops Into The Machine.

No heavy amount of oil is required in the process. A few drops are enough for one time. Read the manual and pour the oil drops on the required area. In some cases, you have to oil the shuttle hook. 

In comparison, some manuals tell of dropping the oil inside the bobbin hook. Further, some manual instructions say to drop oil on the outer bobbin hook for better working. I recommend following your manual because all machines are not of the same model and brand.

Wipe Away The Extra Oil

In case mistakenly the oil has fallen into the fabric, needles or bobbin, take a piece of cloth and wipe it away as it is not good for the machine. If you have used a heavy amount of oil, in the end, take a soapy towel and wipe it over the machine so that it will absorb all the extra oil. 

Repeat the process again and again until the extra oil is completely wiped out. Lastly, before starting a new project, test your machine whether it’s working according to your need or not. If there is any problem, read the manual and fix it.


I think after reading this article till the end, all your questions have been answered. Now you can oil your sewing machine at home by yourself. I recommend regularly oiling your device. It increases the stability and long-lasting of the machine. 

To sum up this article, in the end, I would say it again to read your manual first and follow the instructions properly.

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