Quilting Tip #4 Double, double, no oil means trouble….

If your machine sounds like it is playing Jingle Bells for you, you should really oil your hook.  Oil it at least every other bobbin.  Once oiled, run your machine with thread for 6-10 inches of stitching on a scrap of fabric or batting.  You will notice that your thread picks up the excess oil, and you do not want that on your quilt.  If you do get oil on a quilt, pat a bit of cornstarch on the stain along the stitch line.  Leave it for at least an hour (overnight is fine, too) and then brush it away.  You will be quite relieved to find the oil spot has disappeared….

Add a drop of oil right here:

Here, the hook has been removed from the shaft for easy viewing.  You want to oil the 'tongue' right where indicated, so it glides smoothly in the groove.  Rotate your flywheel to get the oil right where you need it.
Here, the hook has been removed from the shaft for easy viewing. You want to oil the ‘tongue’ right where indicated, so it glides smoothly in the groove. Rotate your flywheel to get the oil right where you need it.

Oh, and uh, my apologies to Shakespeare…

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