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Thread: After 38 yrs of sewing, I learned something new today

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    After 38 yrs of sewing, I learned something new today

    Imagine that! I learned sewing machine oil is made to evaporate. Any other type of oil hardens and turns dark with age, which is why it's bad for sewing machines. I've always known sewing machine oil is the only oil you should use on sewing machines but now I know why!
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    Well now I've learned something too! Thanks for sharing
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    Thanks. I keep telling my DH that 3-in 1 oil is not sewing machine oil, ( even if it does say on the can that it can be used for sewing machines). He said there isn't much that you can't use 3in1 for. Oh well. I'll just get me some regular sewing machine oil. Can anyone tell me the best and least expensive one I can get? Thanks for sharing this bit of information. Now I can tell him that other oils harden and turn dark with age, (makes it sound like I know what I am talking about). BrendaK
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    That's new for me also! I just was told to always use sewing machine oil and that is what I have done.

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    I got my sewing machine oit at the shop I bought my machine at. However thanks for the info, I never knew the reason for it either.

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    Joanns, has regular sewing machine oil, that is all you need. 3 in 1 oil is never to be used in a sewing machine, ask any sew tech.
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    I always use just sewing machine oil, but didnt know it evaporated. i purchase mine at the sewing
    machine dealer.

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    I never knew that. Thanks for sharing your info. That is good for everyone to know, just so they don't use the wrong oil.
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    No wonder that we have to keep using it! Thanks for the info!

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    I buy the Bernina oil in the dispenser tube. It's mess free and good oil. I pay for the convenience of it being in the dispenser tube but machine oil is not expensive, much less then a spool of thread.
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    Good to know!!!!

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    I always wondered how the machine could use so much oil and not get all gunky. Didn't think about it evaporating! Good to know. Thanks. I use Bernina oil too.
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    I always use the regular sewing machine oil...never WD-40 as it isn't intended for the machines either. But...that said, I hate it when the oil discolors and you have to throw it away. Why can't they make oil that stays good enough to use for a few years???
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    I'd like to know why sewing machine oil always seems to come in those little tubes that leak when tipped over. At least now I can be reassured that leaked oil is evaporating away.
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    Good to know. I have no idea if 3-in-1 was ever used in the old machines I have...if Dad had a choice, I'm sure that's what he used. I have never used it in any of my machines and of course 3 of mine don't use oil at all, but the FW and the treadle do...I'm gonna bet that they both have had 3-in-1 in them at some time in their life!
    This is why you need to take your old machines in to be serviced so they can be cleaned out of all that "gunk".
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    I buy Singer brand oil and have never had any problems. Fairly inexpensive. Didn't know the fact about darkening and hardening. Goes to show, learn something new every day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine- View Post
    Imagine that! I learned sewing machine oil is made to evaporate. Any other type of oil hardens and turns dark with age, which is why it's bad for sewing machines. I've always known sewing machine oil is the only oil you should use on sewing machines but now I know why!
    I learned that about a year ago--------------on this board.
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    Thanks for the information, that's something I didn't know. :-)

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    Thanks for the information. Reminds me, I haven't done that in a while!
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    I just took my Bernina in for a cleaning and a very large sign in the shop "Do Not Use 3 in 1 oil in your machines" is posted !!!

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    I have a can of Singer Sewing Machine Oil that I have had since 1969. It is still good & I still use it on the machines that have to be oiled, as well as other stuff, such as squeaky doors. I has not evaporated, turned dark or hardened. I think that says something for Singer Machine oil.

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    It's been more than 38 yrs. for me, but thanks for the input. Now I can surprise my husband with a little known fact! I can put that in the "Old dogs ..." file.

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    Thanks for sharing the info, I use sewing machine oil I purchased from where I purchased my machine.
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    Thanks for the info.

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    there is also different sewing machine oil so best to check with your dealer I have a Pfaff and a Bernina the Pfaff takes a clear oil and the bernina takes a yellow colored one and was told to never mix the two up as would mess up my machines I buy both at my Bernina dealer

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