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Thread: sewing machine oil substitues?

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    Senior Member Rhaorth's Avatar
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    I posted this in another thread, but thought it could be a thread its self. I am sure I am not the only one unsure about what can be used to oil a machine, or even know we should oil the machine... or maybe I am... so I am asking....can the oil that is used to oil hair cutters and electric razors be used to oil sewing machines?

    Sadly I just recently learned about removing the bobbin casing thing, and oiling the machine... but I do not have sewing machine oil and of course forgot to get some. I am sure tomorrow I will start sewing on my scrappy fence and want to make sure everything is in tip top shape and oiled... thanks for the help

    (sorry for the ellipses I tend to over use them...)

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    i only use sewing machine oil on my machine.

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    I have been told you should only use sewing machine oil. I don't know what the difference is.

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    Senior Member Rhaorth's Avatar
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    thanks sewwhat
    blueangel, I don't know what the difference is either.
    I was thinking, since both are metal, that the oil should be about the same. I have read and searched on google, but all I tend to find is that sewing machine oil can be used on clippers and razors... so the reverse should be true too right?

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    Don't guess or make assumptions. Use sewing machine oil that is readily available in stores or the internet.

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    I would ask where you bought your machine. I only use oil that is recommended by Them. Sewing machines are too expensive to use the wrong kind.

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    I did not buy it, my mother in law gave it to me (she actually gave me two)

    guess my best bet is to go get some sewing machine oil.

    thanks for the input

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    I'd only use sewing machine oil. Check your local stores that carry basic sewing supplies. Mine doesn't carry fabric but they have some thread and notions...one being sewing machine oil. Come to think of it ... call your grocery store ? maybe they have something by the lightbulbs and sewing notions...

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    I use sewing machine oil on DH clippers, but I wouldn't use that kind of oil on my machines. Sewing machine oil is cheap and easy to find. Good luck with your new machine! :)

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    i might use the clippers oil in a pinch, but not on a regular basis. the clippers run at a high speed and so does the sewing machine, so the oils are probably quite similar

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    Oils have different "weights" so they flow correctly into the crevices they are meant to go into. I only use sewing machine oil (mine happens to be Singer oil) because all my older machines that call for oil are Singer. Newer electronic machines are not to be oiled. That hair clipper oil is much thinner than sewing machine oil, and would probably run right through your machine onto your fabric.

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    I've been told by a few sewing machine repair people to always use sewing machine oil only. Some people used to use the three and one oil on there machines and that gets hard and can cause problems.over time.

    good Luck

    Suzy

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    I would only use Sewing machine oil in my Machine!

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    The sewing machine oil that I bought from Joanns's lists many different uses on the bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Don't guess or make assumptions. Use sewing machine oil that is readily available in stores or the internet.
    Ditto :thumbup:

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    looks like the consensus is to use only sewing machine oil :)

    So that is what I will do.

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