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    Mystery Oil

    Talking treadle sewing machines with an old Amish lady. She said I have not experienced treadling until I used "Mystery Oil" in my machine. Found in the automotive section at Walmart. I do not know the long term effects of using but holy moly, Batman! I can practically make the treadle work by blowing on it. Wowser! No effort whatsoever to make machine go. Smells good, too. (The lady said will not gunk over time but who knows, really, as that seems to always be the sayso and then......GUNK. haha)
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    We use this in a super charger for a 1960 Austin Healey Sprite and it has not gunked up at all. That car does not get nearly as much use as your sewing machine will. Who knew?

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    My husband used it in engines and hasn't had any problem, but engines run hot...and probably your treadle isn't hot. It should be okay.
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    I was a follower of "Brian Sews" and began using it after he talked about it. It's very inexpensive compared to any of the others, but I felt that if the machine is set aside for any length of time, compared to Tri-Flow, Marvel's Miracle Oil has a tendency to evaporate. The red color can startle anyone accustomed to the standard Singer Sewing Machine Oil.

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    Thanks for the info. My TriFlo is getting about empty,so I'll give this a try.

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    *** Where do you buy Tri-Flow (have not been able to find at JoAnn's or Wal-Mart)?
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    I will have to pick some up for my old Singer treadle. Now if only it would work on my knee joints....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbj137 View Post
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    *** Where do you buy Tri-Flow (have not been able to find at JoAnn's or Wal-Mart)?
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    i got mine in a bike store
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    i got mine in a bike store
    Sew Classic also sells Tri-Flow. I think you can find it through Amazon from an off-site seller also. Just Googling the name brings up places that sell it.

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    Thanks for the post. Will have to see if my best friend has some to do spring cleaning on my treadle.
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    I used to watch Brians videos too. I'll say now what I thought then. That stuff will never get near my machines. I don't want to see red in my machines even though it's my favorite color. I've heard pros and cons from mechanics about it. I'm not taking any chances with it when I know the oils I use now will do their job.

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    Marvel Mystery Oil is mostly just a solvent: kerosene. Use can use it to clean but not good at all to lubricate. The kerosene is de-oderized and wintergreen oil added for the pleasant smell. For more info look up Bobistheoilguy and search "Laboratory Analysis of MMO". I would not use it on a sewing machine. It's not in my garage either.

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    I bought my Tri-Flow from Sew-Classic.
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    please do not use this on OLD machines. nothing wrong with sewing machine oil.

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    I have used a red oil from a large can, but I can't remeber if it was Marvel Mystery oil, I may have to try it again. A favorite of mine is Finish Line Ceramic Wet Lube (transparent bottle with gold cap), and I have Triflow; how does the mystery oil compare?

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    At bicycle shops. Works on muddy chains. Who knew! I love it for all my old machines.

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    I got my first Tri-Flow from Sew-Classic.com and have found it on Ebay in larger bottles. It is at bicycle shops. No problems with it.

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    If you get it in a bicycle shop, make sure it is not the DRY kind. That's all that is carried here now. I get my Triflow online or from sewing machine dealers we know.
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