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Thread: Hope it's ok to ask here ..... getting a Singer 6412 up & running

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    Member jackiequilts4fun's Avatar
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    Hope it's ok to ask here ..... getting a Singer 6412 up & running

    I have the Singer 6412 model (that I haven't used in quite a few years) set up for my daughter to learn on.

    Thought I'd better give it a little clean.
    Surprisingly there was virtually NO dust in the bobbin case.
    I'd kept the machine in a case.

    While the machine is sewing a beautiful stitch,
    and purring along beautifully, the engine itself does sound a little loud to me
    (maybe it always was),
    so I am a bit leery about using it anymore without giving it a good check-out.

    I hate to pay the rate of a service call, because who knows if the machine is even good anymore.
    I did find a can of Singer oil that I bought some time ago.
    But NOWHERE in the book does it say or show to oil the machine,
    so now I wonder if this is one of the machines that does NOT get oil.

    Anyone have this machine?
    Can you offer me any advice?

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    Super Member Tink's Mom's Avatar
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    I seem to remember this machine was supposed to not need oiling. But a drop in the bobbin case couldn't hurt...The noise could be from lack of use??? Or just a normally noisy machine.
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

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    Super Member quiltedsunshine's Avatar
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    You can remove the cover on the left side, and oil the take-up area. You may be able to remove the bottom and oil the linkages underneath. If you've removed the needle plate and bobbin case, and cleaned in there, that's about all it should need. It is a mechanical machine, so it does need to be oiled occasionally.
    Annette in Utah

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    Super Member sewwhat85's Avatar
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    singerco.com you can down load the manual there. I could find no mention of oiling
    Last edited by sewwhat85; 01-01-2015 at 04:47 PM.

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    Super Member oldtnquiltinglady's Avatar
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    I once ruined (the right word here) a Singer by oiling it--it did not require oiling at all, and this was a machine from sometime during the middle 70s. Maybe the bobbin case, but I think the one you have may be one of the noisy (motor) machines that you just have to live with. If you are teaching someone to use it, don't mention the noise and she will never know.....
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