Cleaning & Lubrication

Here's a big secret:  most vintage sewing machines don't need timing and other major adjustments and repairs, but they all need proper cleaning and lubrication.  This workshop is the prerequisite for all our in-person classes and a good starting point for anyone interested in the world of sewing machine maintenance and repair.  This class covers everything from machine identification to proper cleaning and lubrication materials and techniques to minor part replacement.

This class is useful for the hobby collector tired of paying fees to get machines into working order, but also the foundation for those wanting full service knowledge.

All these benefits and more when you purchase this course:


    Learn the exact same procedures used in the Sewing Doc professional machine service shop!


    We offer support and assistance if you feel stuck or uncertain how to proceed. Complex issues? We will help!


    This workshop will increase your confidence in using your machine, and understanding how it works and why


    The cost of learning to clean and lubricate your machine costs about the same as two service fees with a professional. Imagine the savings in travel and service fees year after year...


    Instead of having to take your machine to someone and wait for weeks to get it back, you can service your machine when it's convenient for you - at 10 a.m. or 2 a.m.

This workshop is in PRE-LAUNCH

Purchase now for a reduced price

This workshop will be released around February 28, 2021.  
This is a SPECIAL PRICE that will end on February 28, 2021.

Pricing Options

PREMIUM Access - $169 (reg. $199)

  • Unlimited access to course material - you own it for LIFE and can review the material as often and many times as you like
  • Exclusive access to private Facebook group to ask question and get assistance from a master technician
  • Notification of new material when it's added to the course

Included Extras

Check out the bonus material and options!

  • Bonus material

    This course includes cleaning and lubrication procedures for all types of vintage machines - zig zag, straight-stitch only, treadles, Japanese import, and more!

  • Exclusive Support

    Selecting the Premium option will give you lifetime access to an exclusive Facebook group to ask questions of your peers and a Master Technician!

  • Completion Badge

    Once you have completed the course, you'll receive a special completion certificate and badge to display on your website or social media!

Course Cirriculum


  • A word from the instructor 
  • Survey

Chapter 1: Machines

  • Types of machines overview
  • Machine identification
  • Singer Serial Number System

Chapter 2: Tools, Materials & Workspace

  • Tools Overview
  • Setting up your workspace
  • Proper cleaning materials
  • Bluecreeper vs. other cleaners
  • Proper lubricating materials

Chapter 3: Cleaning Procedures

  • Remove machine from cabinet
  • Remove covers & parts
  • Inspecting gears
  • Clean upper gear area
  • Clean feed dog/bobbin area
  • Clean lower gear area
  • Clean other applicable areas

Chapter 4:  Lubricating Procedures

  • Lubricate upper gear area
  • Lubricate needle bar area
  • Lubricate feed dog/bobbin area
  • Lubricate lower gear area
  • Lubricate other applicable areas
  • Lubricate bobbin winder
  • Cleaning handwheel, motor area
  • Checking motor brushes, lubricating ports

Chapter 5: External Parts & Electrical

  • Put all covers on, hook, needle plate
  • Maintaining the upper tension assembly
  • Inspect all electrical wiring
  • Replacing the lead cord when applicable

Chapter 6: External Care

  • Cleaning the exterior
  • Waxing & polishing

Chapter 7: Bobbins, Needles, Test Sewing

  • Bobbin tension adjustment
  • Types of bobbins
  • Shuttle bobbins
  • Installing the needle
  • Test sew

Chapter 8: Replacement Parts

  • Commonly replaced or missing parts
  • Where to find parts
  • Removing and installing light bulbs

Chapter 9: Collecting or Purchasing Machines

  • Machine value, what to look for, best machines
  • What to look for, red flags, etc.


  • Troubleshooting issues
  • How to install a treadle belt
  • Direct drive motors
  • Converting to a handcrank
  • Broken gears