Friday, September 2, 2016


The Nolting requires oiling every 8 hours of quilting time.  I keep a log so that I know when it's time.  It is so simple to oil this machine.  On the top of the head are four red dots.  One drop of oil on each and that is that.

Well, of course, for me, that is not that.  I had to look inside.  It just seemed logical.  After all I had been using the machine for more than 130 hours and I imagined all manner of lint and dirt building up inside.

I was wrong.  It sure was clean inside.

The wicks were nice a moist.  Just the same I put one drop of oil on the needle bar (above) because I could not resist. 

That one wick is quite frayed.  I imagine over time it will need to be replaced.  Everything was fine, though, nice and moist and no dirt.  No joy, there.

Not to worry.  I found some true crud on a Singer 27 I am listing for sale.  Gotta love that Tuff Stuff foam cleaner. 
This machine was commissioned in 1893.  I love the cabinet but the irons are noisy.  I tighten the nut but it loosens as I sew.  Steven made that nice new wooden pitman and I hate to let it go.  It's time.  Hopefully someone will love it.


  1. Are you using Tri-flow or machine oil on the wicks? I imagine the fraying is intentional, to cover a larger surface area.
    27 sure is purty.

    1. Nope. I use oil. I do use TriFlow on the race before every session.

  2. I have not taken off the piece to look at the inside. I keep oiling. Lovely Singer.

    1. When a nut repeated undoes itself because of vibration, the usual solution is to add a locknut. They are fairly simple and a casual machinist ought to be able to make one to fit. Loctite[R] makes a chemical locknut, in two versions: easily undone for things that may need to be adjusted, or kinda-permanent, which would worry me.