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Thread: Rusty feed dogs stuck thumb screw - what to do?

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    Super Member Quiltgranny's Avatar
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    Hi Everyone,

    I recently purchased a Singer 301a from FL that has some rust here and there, including a little on the feed dogs. The machine sews pretty good, but when I went to lower the feed dogs to try out FMQ, I couldn't get the thumbscrew (to the left of the bobbin case) to turn away from me with a screwdriver as the manual says to do.

    Can anyone tell me the correct way to free up the thumbscrew and if there's anything I can do to clean the rust off the feed dogs?

    I've attached two pics to show you just what I'm looking at.

    Thanks in advance, :D

    How to clean/oil the feed dog area?
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    I'm trying to turn the big black thumb screw to the left to drop the feed dogs, but it won't budge. What to do?
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    maybe try some W-D40, but wipe it down real good.

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    Send a PM to Lostn51. He may have some helpful hints:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    Send a PM to Lostn51. He may have some helpful hints:)
    Thanks. :thumbup: I couldn't figure out how to start a new post on the VSM thread.

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    DH says that Naval jelly will take off rust if you can remove the feed dogs and apply it away from your machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni-in-Texas
    DH says that Naval jelly will take off rust if you can remove the feed dogs and apply it away from your machine.
    Hmm, thanks. I don't know if that's possible, but I'll look into it. Much appreciated. :D

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    To ask in the vintage thread, go here and 'reply'. Someone will help you.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-43881-899.htm#2951235

    WD40 might help, but be sure to clean it all off when you're done. Don't leave it on the machine. I'd use a pair of big pliers instead of the screwdriver. Your machine may be a candidate for a kerosene bath.

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    try baby oil it losens up lot of things

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    WD-40 will work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinster
    WD-40 will work.
    Thanks. Thought I heard not to use WD-40 on sewing machines, but maybe that was in another context. I'll give it a try.

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