Instructions for Oiling a White Sewing Machine

Your White sewing machine needs only minor maintenance to keep it running smoothly.

Oil Your Sewing Machine

Oiling your machine is the most important thing you can do to ensure a smoothly working machine. Proper oiling and cleaning will extend the life of your sewing machine and will also save money on repairs. A sewing machine that works without glitches will make your sewing experience pleasurable as well as productive. Note: Computerized sewing machines are sealed, and you only need to oil the hook and race on most models. Consult your manual or ask your dealer for specifics.

Open your White Sewing Machine user's manual to the diagram that shows lubrication points. Keep it handy as a reference.

Remove the foot and needle, throat plate, bobbin, and bobbin case.

Use the lint cleaning brush to brush away lint and fuzz from the feed dog. Open out the latches that secure the hook race cover, and remove the hook race cover. Remove the hook.

Use the lint cleaning brush and a soft cloth to clean the race and hook. Wipe off the hook race cover. Brush away any other dust or fuzz that you see in your White Sewing Machine.

Replace the hook into the race, replace the cover, and secure it with the latches. Apply one drop of oil at the friction points where the hook contacts the race. Move the flywheel by hand a few times to distribute the oil around the race.

Open the face cover and place a tiny drop of oil at the points indicated in your manual. They will be moving points of the lifter arm, the presser foot lifter, and other "joint" parts. Brush away any lint and dust before oiling.

Some models have lubrication points under the top of the machine. If this is indicated in your manual, remove the top screws, and use a tiny drop of oil where the White Sewing Machine manual indicates.

Reassemble the machine, and run it for 1 to 2 minutes to distribute the oil throughout the parts. Sew back and forth on a scrap of fabric. The scrap will absorb any excess oil, which will avoid staining a sewing project.

Things You Will Need

  • Sewing machine
  • User's manual
  • Sewing machine screwdriver
  • Sewing machine cleaning brush
  • Soft cloth
  • Sewing machine oil

Tip

  • Too much oil is a common error that can cost hundreds of dollars in repairs. Oil should never run into the motor or onto any rubber parts. A tiny drop of oil is all that is needed, and it should only go on the parts you intend it to. Use only high-grade White sewing machine oil. This is a clear oil with very fine lubricating properties suited to high-speed sewing machine parts. Never use 3-in-1 or other household oils. Never use WD-40 or lubricants of that type. Other oils will eventually gum up and cause the machine to jam.