Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main > For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
Mercury Electric Dial-O-Matic, picture heavy >

Mercury Electric Dial-O-Matic, picture heavy

Mercury Electric Dial-O-Matic, picture heavy

Old 09-06-2012, 02:01 PM
  #11  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 8,092
Default

Caroline,

This is gonna sound like I'm trying to be a "know it all" which I'm not, but the only SM motors I know of that use grease as lube are Singers. If you pull a motor like that one apart you'll usually find a felt washer surrounding a bronze bushing. The felt holds the oil in the bushing area as the bushing absorbs it.

If your motor gets hot enough the grease might melt into the bushings ... "if" it's not Tri-Flow. If it is get as much out as you can and oil it with sewing machine oil. I'd oil it anyway.

Joe
J Miller is offline  
Old 09-06-2012, 03:14 PM
  #12  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Somewhere
Posts: 15,510
Default

ah - do join the clone club - post a pic here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...p-t164361.html
miriam is offline  
Old 09-06-2012, 03:57 PM
  #13  
Super Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
Posts: 3,992
Default

The grease I used was Triflow. I removed as possible using a GUM brush that my dentist gave me. Handy sewing machine tool for cleaning tight places. Thanks Joe. I learn something new everyday, especially about motors. LOL
Caroline S is offline  
Old 09-06-2012, 04:05 PM
  #14  
Super Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
Posts: 3,992
Default

Originally Posted by miriam View Post
ah - do join the clone club - post a pic here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...p-t164361.html
I will do that Miriam. Right now I am fighting/fixing the stitch regulator which does not work. It did not like the bobbin case I first used (that was missing) so I took the one out of my Belair to use. The Mercury liked it. It does make a nice stitch though but all I can get is a long stitch.
Caroline S is offline  
Old 09-06-2012, 04:07 PM
  #15  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Somewhere
Posts: 15,510
Default

Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
I will do that Miriam. Right now I am fighting/fixing the stitch regulator which does not work. It did not like the bobbin case I first used (that was missing) so I took the one out of my Belair to use. The Mercury liked it. It does make a nice stitch though but all I can get is a long stitch.
Get a flashlight and look up in there - look for something that is suppose to move and won't - then oil it - maybe needs a little heat
miriam is offline  
Old 09-06-2012, 05:56 PM
  #16  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 8,092
Default

Be careful though, you might find a mouse nest like Miriam's got in a couple of her machines. LOL

Joe
J Miller is offline  
Old 09-06-2012, 07:31 PM
  #17  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Illinois...near St. Louis
Posts: 392
Default

Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
Caroline,

This is gonna sound like I'm trying to be a "know it all" which I'm not, but the only SM motors I know of that use grease as lube are Singers. If you pull a motor like that one apart you'll usually find a felt washer surrounding a bronze bushing. The felt holds the oil in the bushing area as the bushing absorbs it.

If your motor gets hot enough the grease might melt into the bushings ... "if" it's not Tri-Flow. If it is get as much out as you can and oil it with sewing machine oil. I'd oil it anyway.

Joe
White 77 Rotaries also have grease tubes. As a general rule, if it takes grease there'll be tubes hanging beneath the motor to unscrew & fill with grease. If it takes oil, there'll be oil holes.

And I've always heard to only use Tri-Flow grease on gears...Use Singer Lubricant on motors.

Last edited by path49; 09-06-2012 at 07:34 PM.
path49 is offline  
Old 09-07-2012, 05:38 AM
  #18  
Super Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
Posts: 3,992
Default

Originally Posted by miriam View Post
Get a flashlight and look up in there - look for something that is suppose to move and won't - then oil it - maybe needs a little heat
I guess some pictures of the Dial-O-Matic stitch regulator are in order. I removed the stitch regulator assembly and everything inside appears to be working inside, not frozen. Perhaps this one will need to go to the OSMG and see if he can figure it out. This one may be beyond my limited fixing abilities. FRUSTRATING!

Last edited by Caroline S; 09-07-2012 at 05:42 AM.
Caroline S is offline  
Old 09-07-2012, 06:05 AM
  #19  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 144
Default

Very nice...and I'm proud of your negotiating skills! You go girl!
CanadianGirl is offline  
Old 09-07-2012, 01:39 PM
  #20  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Somewhere
Posts: 15,510
Default

Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
I guess some pictures of the Dial-O-Matic stitch regulator are in order. I removed the stitch regulator assembly and everything inside appears to be working inside, not frozen. Perhaps this one will need to go to the OSMG and see if he can figure it out. This one may be beyond my limited fixing abilities. FRUSTRATING!
Is the dial not turning? Or is it a lever? What is going on? I have one that the dial and the reverse button froze up. I had to get way in there and soak the inside with Triflow - I must have oiled it every day for a week and gave up on it. I went back a month later and it works fine. The stuff just has to get in to the right places. On mine, there is a thing in there shaped like a ramp like thing - it was gunky.
miriam is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Baysidegal
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
18
05-31-2018 06:45 AM
Skid
Main
3
04-28-2011 10:05 PM
frugalfabrics
Main
1
02-18-2011 06:22 PM
Baysidegal
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
24
09-21-2010 08:35 AM
Elsie
Pictures
19
05-30-2010 12:35 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter