A slick situation......

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With that title I almost started telling the wrong story!  I've have been on my fair share of slippery slopes but this is something else entirely.  A while back I posted about my favorite machine oil Marvel Mystery Oil  and how well it will bring a dry machine back from stiffness.  This oil has solvents and whatnot that really help it penetrate and work through the oil yellowed varnish left behind by old oil.  It also evaporates cleanly leaving no residue that I can detect, however it does evaporate, and quickly.  For those who enjoy oiling machines that's really no problem as it's fun pop the lid and squirt some oil around.  However I've been on the lookout for something better, and I've found it.

While innocently browsing ebay trying to replace some of my long stem oil cans I came across someone selling synthetic sewing machine oil.  While I've long been aware of synthetic motor oil I had never heard of such a thing for sewing machines.  As I clicked to buy I took pause.  Was this some "special" synthetic blended specifically for my thirsty sewing machines, or could it be a savvy individual was buying this stuff at the parts house and repackaging it for sale at $6.99.  Hmm, I think I know the answer......

If you know me even a little then you understand that I am never afraid to experiment and I'm always up for a bargain.  I headed down to the parts house and looked for some fully synthetic motor oil.  I'd like to say I struggled with the decision of what brand to buy but the reality is I bought what was on sale.  There is always oil on sale at the parts house, why would you bother buying the full price stuff?  I ended up with Quaker State which comes in a nice clear bottle and I also like the label.  With a name like "Ultimate Durability" it has to be the "best" right?  If memory serves I paid $2.99 for the quart which has turned out to be quite a bargain.  They have fully synthetic and synthetic blends so I assume you'd want the fully synthetic.

So the results are in and I am thrilled.  When I didn't think my machines could possibly run any smoother or quieter now they do.  I'm going to quote right now directly from the ebay auction and this is really the part that caught my attention....

 "Petro-oils vs. synthetics:
Petroleum-based oils lack both the lubrication performance and oxidation stability of synthetics. Real oil is made up of a mixture of long and short chains of carbon and hydrogen atoms, and under certain conditions the short-chain molecules evaporate, and the unstable molecules oxidize and break down. This leaves a sticky residue which can actually “gum up” the device it was intending to lubricate. Conventional oils also contain varying amounts of impurities, such as sulfur, waxes, and unstable hydrocarbons which are left behind as residue deposits.
In contrast, synthetic oils are made using a process that re-arranges the structure so all the molecules are uniform in size, shape, and weight, an ideal phenomenon which does not occur in nature. While petroleum-based oils that are extracted from the ground must then be refined to attempt to minimize their shortcomings, synthetics are custom-designed to produce the ultimate lubricant, with inherent performance characteristics vastly superior to any petro-oil."

The bottom line is, I don't care if you get the ebay synthetic or the parts house synthetic but when you do I know you will be more than happy with how zippy and fresh your machine feels.  Yes, even the novice oilier will be able to feel the difference, I promise.  For me the two main selling points are the obvious slickness (you can even feel this on your fingers) AND that the synthetic it doesn't seem to evaporate so machines require less frequent oiling.  My own machines at home are always well maintained however at work I feel lucky if the 23+ machines there get cracked open every three months.  Usually by that time they're clogged with lint and stiff to operate.  One of my high school aged assistants has taken a liking to machine maintenance so hopefully we can get on a regular schedule by September.  I also poured this motor oil in both the industrial machines (overlock and coverstitch) and they are also now smooth as silk.



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