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Salvaging Sewing Machines

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Salvaging Sewing Machines

Most damage to flooded sergers or sewing machines is caused by rust. Even if the machine was not submerged, check for rust caused by general dampness. Rust develops quickly on highly polished, unpainted or plated surfaces. Corrosion can ruin thread handling parts within a few days. The serger or sewing machine head should be serviced by your local dealer within 10 days, if possible.

If professional reconditioning is not immediately available, follow this procedure to minimize the damage to the head and motor:
  • Allow to dry naturally in a warm, dry place.
  • Spray lightly on metal parts with WD-40 to prevent rusting. Do notget WD-40 on non metal parts or electrical components.
  • Take to the dealer so they can disassemble the head.
  • Carefully clean with gasoline, alcohol or kerosene.
  • The dealer will completely re-oil the machine, reassemle and operatethe machine for several minutes to distribute the oil through the bearings.The correct sewing machine oil must be used.
  • In some cases, the mechanic may need to completely disassemble the machinein order to clean out the meshings and bearings properly.
  • If making repairs yourself it is a good idea to take it to an electricianso they can inspect the machine.

Parts and Attachments

  • Spray with WD-40. Soak parts and attachments in kerosene, alcoholor gasoline to completely remove WD-40.
  • Drain parts and soak in sewing machine oil.
  • Remove oil from parts and examine for rust stains.
  • Rub remaining rust stains with a cloth dampened with paint thinner.
  • As a last resort, gently rub rusted parts with very fine steel wool.Reapply a light coating of oil to these spots.
  • Before sewing, remove oil from thread handling parts.
  • Clean attachments in the same way.