Does anybody know how to open up a “never need to oil” sewing machine so I can oil it? I can’t find anything online.
I bought a new machine–Janome New Home 311/Arctic Crystal–about 18 months ago. It’s a beautiful shade of green* and had good reviews on Amazon. It said it doesn’t need oiling, and there are no instructions in the owner’s manual.
It’s been sewing well until this week, when it started clanking. I took off the usual parts (pressure foot, base plate, bobbin and race assembly) cleaned it, and changed the needle. Still clanking. I took all those parts off again, and ran the machine without them. Clankclankckank.
Bottom line, this machine needs to be oiled, but It’s all sealed up. Reading online, I’m apparently supposed to take the machine to a Janome dealer every year for “service”, i.e., cleaning and oiling.
I’ve always maintained my own machines, including retiming a couple; I had one for nearly 50 years. I’m outraged that this machine is designed to require a professional to do something that is normally so simple. It’s like computer printers; the printer is cheap, but the ink cartridges cost an arm and a leg. Yeah, I refill my ink cartridges.
*color is a bad reason to choose a machine, but the reviews were as good as the boring machines. Also, I now realize that the reviews were written shortly after purchase, so nobody mentioned the long term problems.