I couldn’t find any videos on where to place the SINGLE drop of oil when oiling the bobbin area on the HQ Sweet 16, so I decided to take some photos to share.
Firstly, HQ recommend you clean and oil the bobbin area after every two bobbins, but I do it after every bobbin change as I tend to use 80 wt bobbin thread, so I stitch for a much longer time with a single bobbin than if I was using 40 wt thread.
I also only put ONE drop of oil in the bobbin area, then I stitch on my scrap sandwich to make sure the tension is OK and to get rid of any oil residue that may occur (it rarely does, but sometimes I’ll get a patch of oil for about 10 stitches on my scrap sandwich).
- Remove the bobbin case and bobbin from the bobbin area.
- Use the brush to brush out any fluff, lint, etc. from the bobbin area and from the bobbin case.
- Pull the nozzle end of the oil bottle to extend the nozzle fully.
- Remove the nozzle cap and carefully place it where you won’t lose it.
- Squat down (or bend or kneel) and look under the table at the bobbin area. (Alternative: Unscrew and remove the needle plate and go in from the top.)
- Place the nozzle at about 7 o’clock on the first groove of the bobbin area.
- Squeeze gently so that only ONE drop of oil goes into that area.
- Put the cap back on the nozzle and push the extended nozzle back into the oil bottle.
- Replace the bobbin in the bobbin case (remember, the thread goes over the top of the bobbin and hangs to the right as you place the bobbin into the open side of the bobbin case).
- Test and adjust the bobbin tension, as required.
- Gently push the bobbin case into the bobbin area until you hear it click in place.
- Do some stitching on your scrap sandwich to test the tension and to get rid of any excess oil (there shouldn’t be much).
- Start quilting!
See also this 6-minute video from Jamie Wallen on oiling the bobbin area of a long-arm quilting machine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNH06ILNPpU