Sewing Machine Maintenance and Adjustment

Do you have an old Singer or other vintage sewing machine and wish you knew how to clean, lubricate, and adjust it? This hands-on, 6-hour workshop will teach beginner and intermediate level sewing machine operation, cleaning, and lubrication. We will also discuss tension adjustment, machine timing, take-up spring timing, and other necessary adjustments. The goal upon completion is for the user to maintain her own machine and only require a future trip to the service shop for major repairs or adjustments.

This is a hands-on class in which you will bring your own machine, and learn the following:

  • Sewing machine operation
  • Disassembly
  • Stray thread removal
  • Cleaning
  • Checking the electrical
  • Oiling
  • Greasing the motor and gears
  • Reassembling
  • Installing and adjusting the belt
  • Servicing the foot controller
  • Adjusting tensions and test sew-out.
The only prerequisites are having a vintage or mid-century machine and knowing how to thread and sew with it. Each attendee will be required to bring a machine and pay for the class - no auditing allowed. Class size will be 8 or less to allow for plenty of individual instruction.

Properly fitted screwdrivers are essential for sewing machine maintenance without damaging the machine, and to keep up with the workshop. Safe and effective lubrication products are also necessary to keep your machine running smoothly, quietly, and with minimal wear. A class kit including screwdrivers, oil and motor/gear lubricant, cleaning tools and supplies, and other items will be available for purchase the day of the class.

Machines suitable for this class include the Singers 15, 27, 28, 66, 99, 127, 128, 185, 221, 237, 301, 400 series, 500 series, 600 series, and later non-computerized machines. Also vintage Elna, White, Davis, National, Minnesota, and other similar machines. We also welcome the Japanese straight stitch and zigzag machines. Machines can be electric, hand crank, or treadle operated (leave your cabinet at home and just bring the machine head).

Again, your machine should be currently working and not require any significant repairs to get it running. If your machine needs a new power cord or foot controller wiring we may be able to provide it. Please contact us before registering for the class to confirm.

March 23, 2019
1  six hour session      $119 class fee PLUS class kit if necessary

NOTE: This class will be held at our shop, at:
7348 Fair Oaks Rd SE
Olympia, WA 98513


Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of class

With only 8 seats this class is expected to sell out quickly, so sign up today!

Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Requirements: Must being a working sewing machine. If your machine requires repairs besides cleaning and adjustment you must make arrangements before the class to bring the machine in for repairs.
Instructor: David Werther
Instructor Bio: David Werther

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.