One Sassy Lady!

We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog:   September 18, 2013 By eileenroche Katherine Artines   We introduced Stipple! Sass... [More]

"Mod Olives" Tutorial

To watch a tutorial on how to cut and piece curves using the Quick Curve Ruler go here.    Fabric Requirements for above layout:  *Optional revision to tutorial can be found here. -(48) 6 x 8 rectangles prints (center diamonds) or -(8) Fat Quarters (you wi... [More]

Tear Away or Cut Away. Which Stabilizer Should You Use?

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Well, here I am, once again

Well, here I am, once again trying to think of something about which to write. It’s been more than five years since I’ve touched a sewing machine for anything other than to put up a hem or repair a seam. I was never an expert on anything sewing or embroidery related and now the bit o... [More]

Fancy Shoulder Purse

     Do you remember this purse?          I showed it to you in my October 2009 blog, Be Productive.  In that blog I encouraged you to keep a record of your sewing projects so that you could see just how much you are accomplishing.  Have you d... [More]

Embroidery Studio Organization in 6 Easy Steps: The Stitching Sisters’ Practical Guide

We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog:   Marie and I are known as the Stitching Sisters. Not only are we really sisters, we are also the best of... [More]

Embellishing Embroidery

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Pinteresting Embroidery

  Pinterest is probably the greatest digital scrapbook ever created. Essentially a collection of images linked to websites, Pinterest is a one-stop way to connect to whatever your interests may be. With more then 25 billion pins, the site is a treasure trove of ideas, but for the purpose of th... [More]

Fancy Chess and Checkers Set

NOTE:  The design sizes as described here and in the Stitch Counts documentavailable below are correct.  Determine which design size is right for you based onthis information.  I used 130 x 180 mm, 150 x 240 mm, and 200 x 260 hoops for Small,Medium and Large designs respectively. ... [More]

7 Ordinary Towels – One Fabulous Gift Part 2 of 2

 We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog:  Add the Icing In case you missed the first installment of this 2 part series click here: &... [More]

Easy Stitch Fix

  It's happened to all of us at one time or another. A project is stitching just fine then, out of nowhere, a glitch with the stitches. It isn't just the waste of materials that we mind, but the loss of time invested. In the sample above, I got almost to the end and ran out of th... [More]

Pucker up!?!

So, stabilizing. I have to admit that it’s something with which I haven’t had many problems. When I got my first embroidery machine, a Brother 7000, the gal in the shop just slipped a piece of stabilizer under the hoop. Until I learned better from fellow embroiderers on the Internet t... [More]

Taming Metallic Threads

  Metallic embroidery threads adds a touch of class to any project—if you can stand to use them that long! Here are some tips for avoiding pitfalls typically associated with metallic threads.   Although this design is beautiful stitched in rayon, the metallic snowflake is exquis... [More]

Every newbie wants to know…

We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog:  By Sherry McCary, Product Development, Designs in Machine Embroidery How do I get designs from the... [More]

Winter Door Sock Project

Dear Readers, Create this Winter Door Sock for your door this winter. See below for project instructions on how to make this project. Materials: Winter Scene Door Sock designs Polyester Fiberfill Sewing Machine Matching Fabric Thread Hand Needles Cutaway ... [More]
The Top 5 Sewing Machine Oils

The Top 5 Sewing Machine Oils


For all the sewing machine enthusiasts out there, getting your hands on the best machine oil is essential in every sense of the word. There are no two ways about that, whatsoever. After all, how else will you ensure that your sewing machine will remain perfectly functional for several years? Earlier, most people paid little to no attention regarding sewing machine oil on the whole, but now that is definitely changing for the better. You can be sure of that fact.

For those of you who have a hard time taking the aspect of sewing machine oil seriously, things are certainly not as rosy as they seem on the surface. In a staggering 99% of cases regarding sewing machine repairs and wear and tear, it has been proven that a continued lack of lubrication is bound to lead to your machine eventually becoming non-functional. This is a fact,  whether you fancy an industrial sewing machine over a canvas sewing machine.

Ultimately, which kind of sewing machine you fancy is up to you. However, the oil is the same in all of them and one has to be sure of the fact that they are thoroughly clued-up about the main sewing machine oils. Here are the top five oils:-


  • ZOOM-SPOUT Sewing Machine Oil 4FL.OZ: With Zoom Spout being one of the few reliable brands out there, you can be sure of the fact that any of their products will meet your needs in every way. Not only is this oil easily to apply, but it is at an extremely affordable price as well.
  • Singer Machine Oil, 4 Fluid Ounce: This is one of the few all-purpose sewing machine oils out there in the market that actually ends up expanding the lifespan of your machine longer than most other oils. Since it is multi-purpose, it can be used on vacuum cleaners, typewriters, computers, bicycles and a host of other household appliances.
  • ZOOM-SPOUT Sewing Machine Oiler/4Oz: Being another multi-purpose oil, this not only lubricates your machine, but also goes a long way in preventing it from rusting as well. And if that wasn’t enough, it also has an extendable telescoping spout that makes it easy for you to reach even the deepest hidden parts of your machine. Plus it is capable of withstanding extremely high temperatures.
  • Lily White Sewing Machine Oil: This is one multi-purpose oil that keeps wear and tear at bay for a significant period of time. The two main characteristics is that the oil itself has low viscosity and comes in a gallon bottle, ensuring that one does not have to worry about buying a separate refill.
  • Dritz Sewing Machine Oil, 4 Ounce: Having all the features required of a top-notch sewing machine oil, what is more striking is the fact that this takes care of and eradicates all corrosion attempts that threaten to cut short the life-span of your machine. Packing quite a punch in a tiny bottle, this one does come highly recommended. 

At the end of the day, it is vital that you get a good idea about oil. And if you think that nothing is evident over a certain period of time indicating that it is okay if you don’t do anything about getting oil, you are very much mistaken. In this regard, a long period of time is the slowest and most sureshot killer when it comes to a defunct machine. There is little to no doubt about that fact. Over the course of time, all the moving parts of the machine will end up wearing out faster, which will lead to them becoming much tighter. That is when things will ultimately come to a halt as far as the overall functionality of your sewing machine is concerned. So do make sure that you keep that fact in mind at all times.

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