Caring for a Hand-Turned Sewing Machine | Husqvarna Freja 1883-1925

I have wanted to do a video exclusively about Freja for some time, and here it is! She was due for a tune-up, and I was due a reminder of all the spots where she needs oil. She runs so much smoother now. I definitely had forgotten a spot or two the last couple of times I applied oil.

I hope you enjoy this little adventure into the care and maintenance of hand-turned sewing machines. 🙂

Video link:


Freja on the Husqvarna timeline

Different types of bobbin driver for lockstitch sewing machines

Bobbin winder tires that fit Freja

Accompanying oiling guide:

2 responses to “Caring for a Hand-Turned Sewing Machine | Husqvarna Freja 1883-1925”
  1. Raimo Heino Avatar
    Raimo Heino

    Hello, you can find “Singer 12K” manual. Are these two machines much the same? If you wish I can translate the Husqvarna manual into English (and Finnish) for that I need decet scans of the original Swedish manual.

    1. Kristine Avatar

      For maintenance, the general principle for these machines are much the same. Find the various oiling points and tend them regularly. As for the scans, I didn’t find a satisfactory answer in terms of copyright and intellectual property. If it is the same in Sweden as internationally, and I wanted to err on the side of caution.

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