Posted: Dec 19, 2015 5:39 pm
by The_Metatron
I ordered a tube of TriFlow grease for the gears and cams, and used TriFlow lubricant for the other moving surfaces. Getting the grease took longer than lubricating the machine. But, there was nothing wrong with mine, either.

I think you'd end up with a superior machine to buy an old mechanical one, then have it serviced professionally. Estate sales, yard sales, etc, are also a good place to look, I'm told.

I got an exceptional deal on mine, from an estate sale. It had a single owner. She kept the original manual and all of the accessories for it, in their original boxes.

Prior to getting that one, I have an old black lacquered Japanese version of a Singer model 15 that I bought used when I joined the Air Force in 1982 to sew stripes on uniforms. It only does a straight stitch, short or long, forward or backward. I still have that one, it works perfectly, too.

I'm not at all sure about the longevity of machines sold today in comparison. Sure, they'll all probably do just fine for casual use. But, they aren't built to span generations. And, there's no reason they couldn't be, except they'd be a lot more expensive.