We all know the importance of lubrication. Most of the time the only thing wrong with a machine is that it needs cleaning and oiling. We can certainly perform magic on these old machines with just a little oil and heat.
I am making slip covers for the couch with Crypton fabric. http://www.cryptonfabric.com/ I saw it advertised in a dog magazine a few years ago and found some on line. I bought the fabric three years ago. It's time.
The material is backed with a waterproof substance which gums up the needle.
I cut 1.5 inch strips from an old sheet and used them as basting tape. It helped some. But not enough. I switched to a smaller needle, a little bit better. I cleaned the needle off with alcohol every few inches, definitely a PITA. Finally I saw this in my stuff drawer in the loft:
I realize that I did not write about my solution to the gummy needle problem. Wax paper.