When I come to power, one of the first things to happen will be the introduction of a total ban on the general sale of 3-in-One oil. People will still be able to buy it to cure squeaky door hinges or whatever, but only if they sign a properly witnessed form by which they solemnly undertake never to even think about applying it to any part of a sewing machine.
I do wish the firm which makes it wouldn’t push it as suitable for sewing machines, because it most definitely is not. It is totally unsuitable. I don’t know what they put in the stuff, but I do know that over the years some of its constituents evaporate and they leave behind a horrible hard waxy brown residue ideal for gumming up the works of an old machine. Which is exactly what it does. And it is a real PITA to remove, which is why I’m grumpy about it.
Please, gentle readers of this blog, promise me that you’ll never use anything but proper sewing machine oil to oil a black Singer. It’s the least you can do for it.
And if your excuse for reaching for the tin of 3-in-One is that your machine is grinding to a halt, you haven’t got any sewing machine oil and Waitrose don’t sell it therefore you can’t buy it, just search Ebay for “Singer oil” and take your pick of several suppliers who will be pleased to send the postie your way with a bottle of it which will last a lifetime for less than a fiver including p&p, which, if our experience is anything to go by, is what your local sewing machine shop would charge you for one – if you had a local sewing machine shop.