Lately I have seen a few posts on threading sergers pop-up on blogs. I especially liked Sunni's for her tips on how to deal with the knots during the knot and pull method. I have a very simple serger, no thrills just a 3/4 overlock and a rolled hem and most of the time it is faster to just re-thread it completely. I downloaded the manual to my Ipad, best move ever. The serger is about 8 years old but is getting the workout of a lifetime with the new garment sewing craze that has taken over my life.
What I really wanted to know is if it needs to be oiled and where? To find out I asked my local BERNINA dealer, who also sells Janome sergers. I think the tips I am about to share would work for anyone with a simple serger. By the way, yes, you should oil it.
Before oiling I wanted to get rid of all the fluff. The dealer recommended an air compressor for the job. Lucky for me, Thomas is installing wood flooring in the next room and I just waited for my turn. This is the reason for the total lack of lint on the pictures. It was dreadful before trust me.
I learned that there are only two places where you should oil the machine, lucky for us they are easy to access and rather large. Can you spot the two shafts (long metal cylinders), the needles shaft and the large one at the bottom? Those are the only two things to oil, not bad at all.
This one I was told is the most important!