Lubricating Old Industrial Machines

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Lubricating Old Industrial Machines

New postby vintage on Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:07 pm

I have an old Brother Industrial Serger (not sure how old would guess 1960s, looks like the ones in sweat shops in the movies) I have the manual and it says it needs " pure mineral oil with a viscosity of 140 at 30 deg. C" I have called brother and they have not been helpful (they coudnt even find the manual) I know that most sewing machine oils do not have a viscosity of 140 (maybe car motor oil?) if any one can help me with what I should use that would be great!!
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Re: Lubricating Old Industrial Machines

New postby sewingmom on Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:14 pm

Have you checked out the viscosity of mineral oil at the pharmacy. Perhaps the sewing lady Kathleen will answer this. Have I remembered her name correctly? She pops in here occasionally. I know she has some industrial equipment.
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Re: Lubricating Old Industrial Machines

New postby bridesmom on Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:01 pm

Does anyone remember the name of the woman who had all the vintage machines? She used to be on here a lot, and she has a website. She'd know what to use.
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Re: Lubricating Old Industrial Machines

New postby bridesmom on Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:07 pm

http://www.sew-classic.com/ Found her! Contact her, as she will probably have the information you need.
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Re: Lubricating Old Industrial Machines

New postby MaCGT on Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:15 pm

It is recommended to change the oil in an industrial overlock sewing machine once a year. If you go the your sewing machine dealer he should sell you whate called lilly white sewing machine oil. Its what is sold for all industrial sewing machines, except merrow, and will be good for your older brother machine
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Re: Lubricating Old Industrial Machines

New postby MaCGT on Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:18 pm

btw, if the machine hasn't beed used for a while, a drop of oil on the needle bar and upper looper shaft would give extra years of work to your machine
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