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    Sewing mach oil bottles

    What is with sewing machine oil bottles? Every time I oil my machine (with every bobbin change - I'm good to my machine) the bottle is covered in oil. I'm also good to my sewing machine oil bottle and I clean it off every single time I'm through with it. But a month later ... it's COVERED in oil again!! I swear the plastic is porous and the oil is so thin it "seeps" right through. I've learned to first grab a paper towel before I grab the bottle, but I still have to wash my hands when I'm done.

    Does anyone else have this problem with plastic bottles of sewing machine oil or is it just me? I have to keep my bottle on a piece of paper towel in the bottom of sewing cabinet.

    So much trouble for one little drop of oil.

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    i've noticed the same. i keep mine in a plastic baggie. a friend sent me a neat oil container. it is half as long as a new pencil, clear to see the contents, and has a metal dispenser sort of like a syringe. it has a cap that fits over that. it never seems to leak. and the long needle makes it easy to make sure the oil goes in the right spots.
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    What brand of oil are you using? I have not noticed that problem with Triflow oil.
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    i bought an oiler from Clotilde's that has a long tube the oil is in and a long (like 4") thin needle type end that the oil comes out of - it has a small rubber stopper- i've been using it for 3 years now- have never had any sign of any leakage---and it makes it possible to reach hard to reach places- one of the best (tools) i've ever bought. i think it was about $9 with machine oil included
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    i bought an oiler from Clotilde's that has a long tube the oil is in and a long (like 4") thin needle type end that the oil comes out of - it has a small rubber stopper- i've been using it for 3 years now- have never had any sign of any leakage---and it makes it possible to reach hard to reach places- one of the best (tools) i've ever bought. i think it was about $9 with machine oil included
    I think that's the same one I have. I don't remember where I got it but it's called a Precision Oiler.

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    I have a bottle of Zoot and I hate it. It was sitting on the shelf and I wondered what was all over the shelf--- oil. When I pushed the tube back down, it created a siphon action. Now it is in a cup and every so often I half to pour the oil back into the bottle. I won't buy them to sell in my store, either.

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    I also use the bottle with the spout that goes up and down with a screw on cap and have no problems.

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    Well nice sharing...
    I wanna add some thing in this conversation that the koozie give a great display to your bottles.

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    Did you all know that your oil goes bad after 3 months? Well it does, you have to get new oil frequently. I buy the oil in the small tubes from Joanne's, and it usually lasts enough for me. They come in a 3tube set. Check it out.

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    I always hated machine oil bottles. They were always oily, fuzzy, dirty, etc. When I wanted a drop of oil I got a huge drop. I am a nurse and have put my oil in a 3 cc syringe with needle. I can get small drop of oil right in the crack of the bobbin case where I need it and down the hole's that are supposed to get oil. It never leaks or get oily and fuzzy with lint. --Works for me.

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    I bought a drop pen from a Bernina dealer. I thought too expensive at the time but now I know it was worth it. It's refillable and has never leaked. ( The last time I looked at a new one it wasn't refillable! Bad Bernina) Be sure you can see the color of the oil in the container. Any color at all, don't use the oil. It has to be clear. Yellowish oil will be sticky and gum up the works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by babindg12200 View Post
    Did you all know that your oil goes bad after 3 months? Well it does, you have to get new oil frequently. I buy the oil in the small tubes from Joanne's, and it usually lasts enough for me. They come in a 3tube set. Check it out.
    Who told you that? I've got oil that is YEARS old, and it's still oil, it's still good and it still works just fine. Like BellaBoo said, if it starts to discolor, then I don't use it....but in my experience, that takes a LONG time, or certainly longer than 3 months!
    Just out of curiosity, do those expensive little tubes have expiration dates on them? I would think, that if it's only going to last 3 months, that they would...
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    Quote Originally Posted by babindg12200 View Post
    Did you all know that your oil goes bad after 3 months? Well it does, you have to get new oil frequently. I buy the oil in the small tubes from Joanne's, and it usually lasts enough for me. They come in a 3tube set. Check it out.
    How do you know how long the oil has been sitting on the shelf at the store or at the manufacturers before it even got to the store? How do you know it isn't already 3 months old when you buy it?

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    This is what I use. I got so tired of those stupid telescoping oilers. This is less messy and more precise. I can put exactly how many drops I want in my machine. The tube is squeezable and refillable.

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    Peckish, I had one like yours and it worked great until one day I squeezed it and it busted. I had an oil puddle on my machine. Be sure and check it every once in a while for brittleness. If you have a vintage all metal Singer be sure and use the Singer Lubricant. It's a thick lubricant. It's still sold in small tubes.
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