Salvaging Flooded Sewing Machines Most damage to flooded 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, machined or plated surfaces. Corrosion can ruin thread handling parts within a few days. The 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 damage.
Head and motor
1. Disassemble the sewing head as for normal cleaning.
2. Clean with a brush and liberal application of cleaning solvent or kerosene.
3. Oil thoroughly, reassemble, and operate the machine several minutes to distribute the oil through the bearings.
4. Take the electric motor and control to an electrical
service shop for drying and inspection.
Parts and attachments
1. Soak parts and attachments in kerosene or other
2. Drain parts and soak in oil.
3. Remove oil from parts and examine for rust stains.
4. Rub remaining rust stains with a cloth dampened with paint thinner.
5. As a last resort gently rub rusted parts with very
fine steel wool. Reapply a light coating of oil to these spots.
6. Before sewing, remove oil from thread handling parts.
7. Clean attachments the same way.
Allow the cabinet to dry for a month or two. If it
has been damaged beyond repair, any veneer weakness or core damage will show up during this time. The veneer may warp, split, or lift. The extent of damage depends on how much of the cabinet was submerged and for how long.
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