I can still hear my mother's voice ... "WHEN DID YOU LAST OIL MY MACHINE?? ... IT SOUNDS LIKE A THRASHING MACHINE!!!"
In addition to sewing on my treadle sewing machine when I was a kid, I did sew on my mother's machine when ever I could. It could zig zag and make buttonholes after all.
And, she's right. A sewing machine does sound like a trashing machine if it hasn't been cleaned and oiled for a while.
This was something a teenaged seamstress was not in the mood to do. Especially when all she wanted was to see her finished garment.
CLEAN OUT ALL THE LINT FIRST !!!!
If you don't do this, the oil will glue the lint together and reek havoc in your machine. It will most likely mean a trip to the repairman.
“Is it hard?'
Not if you have the right attitudes. Its having the right attitudes thats hard.” (from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)
So, I confess. I haven't changed that much since my youthful sewing days. I still don't like to stop and clean my machine when I'm in the middle of things. This is what my machine sounded like a few days ago.
New machines only require the hook mechanism be oiled. The upper part of the machine is lubricated with some fancy industrial stuff and my manual says never open it up.
Fine with me!
“One of the first warning signs of impatience is frustration at not being able to lay your hand on the tool you need right away.” (from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)
But, seriously, read the cleaning and oiling section of your machine manual thoroughly, when you first get your machine. This is the most important part. The other sections you can read as needed.
Here are the steps I need to take when cleaning and oiling my machine.
“The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.” (from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)
(― Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)
If you want to read more quotes from the book, click on this - Quotes from ZenAnd The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
If you want to read the whole book, click on this - PDF of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.