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Re: Questions about 550e

Pixey
 

Beth,

I have found that it does get easier and faster with repetition.  I think for that first oiling, everything is very tight, including the owner.  Plus it is an unfamiliar and for me, a nervous, process.

These days it goes much smoother and faster for me.

Pixey

On Apr 2, 2020, at 5:58 PM, bhoryn via groups.io <bhoryn@...> wrote:

 WOW.      What a job that oiling is.  Good job DH was here to help me.    It took us almost all afternoon and I hope it goes faster and easier the second time through.    Interesting that I got the notice today to clean out the bobbin area.     So Machine is all cleaned and ready to go with a new needle.    

Pixey, this is my first Janome embroidery machine and I wonder if I would have made the purchase if I had realized what a job it is to get it oiled.     

Beth 


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On Thursday, April 2, 2020, 9:08 AM, Pixey via groups.io <pixeyam@...> wrote:

The 500e and the 550e machines (and the HD9) are exceptions to the “Do not oil your Janome machine“ rule. If you look at pages 60-64 of the 550e owner’s manual, you will see the oiling instructions.  There are also a couple of  good YouTube videos to take you through it.  The first time I needed to oil mine, after looking t the pictures in the manual I actually went in to the dealer where I bought the machine and asked him to go over it with me as it requires removing some panels to get to the oil locations.

To be honest, the oiling requirement is the one thing I really dislike about this embroidery machine.  Fortunately, the things that I like about it outweigh this singular irritation.  But it is a big part of the reason I did not upgrade my 500e to a 550e.

Pixey

On Apr 1, 2020, at 8:43 PM, Maria Morrow <mariamorrowquilter@...> wrote:


So I’m kind of surprised to hear about  “oiling”.  I have been told and read countless times that we do not oil our  Janome machines.  I have a little tube called “Janome cleaner”...which actually is quite oily.  But all I use it for is to clean out the bobbin area.

I would really appreciate if you would elaborate on oiling, and where the instructions are. Thanks.

Maria Morrow
Mobile:  985-640-5024

On Apr 1, 2020, at 10:06 AM, Kathy Strabel <ksbappa@...> wrote:

Beth---Be sure that your machine's foot is in the DOWN position when using the auto threader. I have a feeling that is what is making your threader not useable when near the edge of your design.

I throw my used pre-filled bobbins out generally. I do save a few, "in case" I need an extra to refill. However, I cannot comment on whether that is a good idea because I have never had to re-wind a saved bobbin.

As for oiling, I put a reminder on a piece of tape and stuck it to my machine to oil it in the first week of every month----BUT-- the manual suggests this frequency if you use the machine every day, so I adjust the oiling time interval according to how much I estimate I have used the machine in the past month. It is very easy to OVER-OIL the machine and that can cause problems, too.  It also is a bit scary where the manual says to turn the machine so the handwheel rests on the table. USe a folded towel on the table when you do that. AND----if you happen to have a USB stick in the machine---REMOVE it BEFORE you move the machine to its side!!!!   Otherwise, you could possibly "squish" and break the USB stick and/or the USB port on the machine. BEWARE!!

If your machine is sounding louder or different, I would suggest first a good brushing-out with a soft brush, and a vacuum cleaner attachment if you have one of those miniature ones.  Then estimate how much you have actually used your machine in the last month and oil/not oil accordingly. 

Hope this is helpful

Kathy Strabel   Camas WA


Re: Questions about 550e

bhoryn
 

WOW.      What a job that oiling is.  Good job DH was here to help me.    It took us almost all afternoon and I hope it goes faster and easier the second time through.    Interesting that I got the notice today to clean out the bobbin area.     So Machine is all cleaned and ready to go with a new needle.    

Pixey, this is my first Janome embroidery machine and I wonder if I would have made the purchase if I had realized what a job it is to get it oiled.     

On Thursday, April 2, 2020, 9:08 AM, Pixey via groups.io <pixeyam@...> wrote:

The 500e and the 550e machines (and the HD9) are exceptions to the “Do not oil your Janome machine“ rule. If you look at pages 60-64 of the 550e owner’s manual, you will see the oiling instructions.  There are also a couple of  good YouTube videos to take you through it.  The first time I needed to oil mine, after looking t the pictures in the manual I actually went in to the dealer where I bought the machine and asked him to go over it with me as it requires removing some panels to get to the oil locations.

To be honest, the oiling requirement is the one thing I really dislike about this embroidery machine.  Fortunately, the things that I like about it outweigh this singular irritation.  But it is a big part of the reason I did not upgrade my 500e to a 550e.

Pixey

On Apr 1, 2020, at 8:43 PM, Maria Morrow <mariamorrowquilter@...> wrote:


So I’m kind of surprised to hear about  “oiling”.  I have been told and read countless times that we do not oil our  Janome machines.  I have a little tube called “Janome cleaner”...which actually is quite oily.  But all I use it for is to clean out the bobbin area.

I would really appreciate if you would elaborate on oiling, and where the instructions are. Thanks.

Maria Morrow
Mobile:  985-640-5024

On Apr 1, 2020, at 10:06 AM, Kathy Strabel <ksbappa@...> wrote:

Beth---Be sure that your machine's foot is in the DOWN position when using the auto threader. I have a feeling that is what is making your threader not useable when near the edge of your design.

I throw my used pre-filled bobbins out generally. I do save a few, "in case" I need an extra to refill. However, I cannot comment on whether that is a good idea because I have never had to re-wind a saved bobbin.

As for oiling, I put a reminder on a piece of tape and stuck it to my machine to oil it in the first week of every month----BUT-- the manual suggests this frequency if you use the machine every day, so I adjust the oiling time interval according to how much I estimate I have used the machine in the past month. It is very easy to OVER-OIL the machine and that can cause problems, too.  It also is a bit scary where the manual says to turn the machine so the handwheel rests on the table. USe a folded towel on the table when you do that. AND----if you happen to have a USB stick in the machine---REMOVE it BEFORE you move the machine to its side!!!!   Otherwise, you could possibly "squish" and break the USB stick and/or the USB port on the machine. BEWARE!!

If your machine is sounding louder or different, I would suggest first a good brushing-out with a soft brush, and a vacuum cleaner attachment if you have one of those miniature ones.  Then estimate how much you have actually used your machine in the last month and oil/not oil accordingly. 

Hope this is helpful

Kathy Strabel   Camas WA


Re: Now Hump Jumper

Betsy
 

great video thanks for sharing, I have sewn for years and learned to use it in front of the foot as well as behind.
betsy in CA


Re: Now Hump Jumper

Betsy
 

this is officially called the button shank in my Janome 15000 but it works great for bulky seams.


Re: Now Hump Jumper

Vicky McEwen
 

You tube has a great how to video also. Simple and visiual

On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 04:20:19 PM CDT, Nancy Graham <nups@...> wrote:


Kathy, do you put the hump jumper in front of the foot, like from the front towards the back of the machine?

I have an S9 and have lots of trouble sewing over thick seams, etc.

Nancy


Re: Now Hump Jumper

Vicky McEwen
 

I now know what a hump jumper is us ed for and how. I found one in my presser foot drawers. Thank you.........

On Thursday, April 2, 2020, 08:08:15 AM CDT, Tracy <tjoriginals@...> wrote:


Nancy-

Here is a video by the maker of the "orignal" hump jumper.  She shows using it for several different tasks.  

https://www.google.com/search?q=sewing+thick+seams+with+a+hump+jumper&oq=sewing+thick+seams+with+a+hump+jumper&aqs=chrome..69i57.9161j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#kpvalbx=_jn6FXqjtOoi0tQbd2rqwCA30

 

The jumper that I have is white and flat- only the front part of the one that is shown in the video- with the "slit" in the front and you stitch with this flat piece, just like in the video- then move it to the front when your machine's foot is on top of the "hump".  It's a bit easier to use the V-shaped one as it's easier to grab hold of and I've got one of those too that came with my MC10001.  But I just wanted folks to know that stores also sell one that is flat.

 

Tracy in Nashville, TN


Re: Questions about 550e

bhoryn
 

Thank you Valera.    I had been using the lock key when I first got the machine but had fallen out of that practice.   Didn’t realize it would move the machine.    

On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 5:19 PM, valora hammond via groups.io <SOITEACH@...> wrote:

If you use the lock button it will move the hoop out if the way so the needle threader can be used. 
The janome pre wound bobbins are real bobbins and can be used in janome machines. I wind matching color when doing free standing lace. 

The noise may be from the thickness but you do need to clean the bobbin case more often then just when oiling.  Think of oiling your machine like we use to do with car oil- 3000 miles or three months. The more you use it the more often it needs to be oiled. 

On Apr 1, 2020, at 8:16 AM, bhoryn via Groups.Io <bhoryn@...> wrote:

I appreciate all the help I have received from this group about my new embroidery machine.   I have sewn out a couple of designs and found in a couple cases that the automatic threader can not be used when the design is close to the left side of the hoop.   Anyone else run into this problem?

Do you reuse the pre-wound bobbins or just throw them out when empty.

Do you really oil your machine every month as suggested in the owner’s manual?  I’ve been making lots of in the hoop face masks and although they are sewing out just great the machine is sounding a little noisy but perhaps it is from the fabric layers that occur in the folds 

Thanks again for your help and suggestions.    Stay safe and healthy 

Beth in Ontario 


Re: Questions about 550e

bhoryn
 

Ah ha.......didn’t think about moving the hoop.    Will check this out today.     I have kept the bobbins (they are Janome).   Only got 5 bobbins with the machine so will keep a few of these for occasions when I want to use the same colour in the bobbin as on top.  Assume they can be threaded in the same was as the original bobbins.   

On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 5:19 PM, Lyn Quine <lynquine@...> wrote:

If it’s recommended I would oil where the manual suggests just don’t put too much in, hoping you won’t have to next month.  They wouldn’t suggest it if it wasn’t necessary. 


your machine may sound noisy because it needs a new needle, it should be changed every 8 hours of stitching.  If the needle is punching through layers it will blunt, and if you are using water soluble stabiliser it blunts quicker.  


if your bobbins are the plastic type, yes I would reuse them, especially if they are Janome pre wounds.  If they are generic then I’d wouldn’t be so inclined, but that’s my personal opinion I don’t like generic bobbins, I only use Janome, they don’t clatter and bounce in the machine.

if you’re having problems with threading, check your manual to see if you can move the hoop, there’s normally an icon on the machine to move the hoop so you can trim threads or adjust between colour changes etc


Re: Questions about 550e

bhoryn
 

Thanks for all the hints. Got my machine for Christmas and have not got up the courage to oil it.   Guess that will be on today’s agenda.   One thing to occupy my time during this stay at home time.    I was interested to hear on the tv this morning that they are now suggesting that we should wear home made masks when outside to slow down the progress of the virus.      Realize the masks are not meant for full protection but I’m glad I have been making them for my family.     After the oiling  will get back to that.    

Will make a mental note next time I can not use the automatic threader on the left side to make sure it is in the down position.   Was pretty sure it was in the down position as I know it will not work otherwise.   

Really appreciate all the expertise on this site.

On Thursday, April 2, 2020, 9:08 AM, Pixey via groups.io <pixeyam@...> wrote:

The 500e and the 550e machines (and the HD9) are exceptions to the “Do not oil your Janome machine“ rule. If you look at pages 60-64 of the 550e owner’s manual, you will see the oiling instructions.  There are also a couple of  good YouTube videos to take you through it.  The first time I needed to oil mine, after looking t the pictures in the manual I actually went in to the dealer where I bought the machine and asked him to go over it with me as it requires removing some panels to get to the oil locations.

To be honest, the oiling requirement is the one thing I really dislike about this embroidery machine.  Fortunately, the things that I like about it outweigh this singular irritation.  But it is a big part of the reason I did not upgrade my 500e to a 550e.

Pixey

On Apr 1, 2020, at 8:43 PM, Maria Morrow <mariamorrowquilter@...> wrote:


So I’m kind of surprised to hear about  “oiling”.  I have been told and read countless times that we do not oil our  Janome machines.  I have a little tube called “Janome cleaner”...which actually is quite oily.  But all I use it for is to clean out the bobbin area.

I would really appreciate if you would elaborate on oiling, and where the instructions are. Thanks.

Maria Morrow
Mobile:  985-640-5024

On Apr 1, 2020, at 10:06 AM, Kathy Strabel <ksbappa@...> wrote:

Beth---Be sure that your machine's foot is in the DOWN position when using the auto threader. I have a feeling that is what is making your threader not useable when near the edge of your design.

I throw my used pre-filled bobbins out generally. I do save a few, "in case" I need an extra to refill. However, I cannot comment on whether that is a good idea because I have never had to re-wind a saved bobbin.

As for oiling, I put a reminder on a piece of tape and stuck it to my machine to oil it in the first week of every month----BUT-- the manual suggests this frequency if you use the machine every day, so I adjust the oiling time interval according to how much I estimate I have used the machine in the past month. It is very easy to OVER-OIL the machine and that can cause problems, too.  It also is a bit scary where the manual says to turn the machine so the handwheel rests on the table. USe a folded towel on the table when you do that. AND----if you happen to have a USB stick in the machine---REMOVE it BEFORE you move the machine to its side!!!!   Otherwise, you could possibly "squish" and break the USB stick and/or the USB port on the machine. BEWARE!!

If your machine is sounding louder or different, I would suggest first a good brushing-out with a soft brush, and a vacuum cleaner attachment if you have one of those miniature ones.  Then estimate how much you have actually used your machine in the last month and oil/not oil accordingly. 

Hope this is helpful

Kathy Strabel   Camas WA


Re: Shank high or low?

Diane
 

High shank.

On Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 5:19 PM Maria Morrow <mariamorrowquilter@...> wrote:

Very basic question here, but I can’t find the answer .

Is my 15000 a high shank or low shank?

Thanks you in advance,

Maria Morrow





Re: Now Hump Jumper

Tracy
 

Nancy-

Here is a video by the maker of the "orignal" hump jumper.  She shows using it for several different tasks.  

https://www.google.com/search?q=sewing+thick+seams+with+a+hump+jumper&oq=sewing+thick+seams+with+a+hump+jumper&aqs=chrome..69i57.9161j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#kpvalbx=_jn6FXqjtOoi0tQbd2rqwCA30

 

The jumper that I have is white and flat- only the front part of the one that is shown in the video- with the "slit" in the front and you stitch with this flat piece, just like in the video- then move it to the front when your machine's foot is on top of the "hump".  It's a bit easier to use the V-shaped one as it's easier to grab hold of and I've got one of those too that came with my MC10001.  But I just wanted folks to know that stores also sell one that is flat.

 

Tracy in Nashville, TN


Re: Shank high or low?

Tracy
 

Maria-

Your machine is a high-shank one.  All the Janome machines that can do embroidery are high-shank.

Tracy in Nashville, TN


Re: Questions about 550e

Pixey
 

The 500e and the 550e machines (and the HD9) are exceptions to the “Do not oil your Janome machine“ rule. If you look at pages 60-64 of the 550e owner’s manual, you will see the oiling instructions.  There are also a couple of  good YouTube videos to take you through it.  The first time I needed to oil mine, after looking t the pictures in the manual I actually went in to the dealer where I bought the machine and asked him to go over it with me as it requires removing some panels to get to the oil locations.

To be honest, the oiling requirement is the one thing I really dislike about this embroidery machine.  Fortunately, the things that I like about it outweigh this singular irritation.  But it is a big part of the reason I did not upgrade my 500e to a 550e.

Pixey

On Apr 1, 2020, at 8:43 PM, Maria Morrow <mariamorrowquilter@...> wrote:

So I’m kind of surprised to hear about  “oiling”.  I have been told and read countless times that we do not oil our  Janome machines.  I have a little tube called “Janome cleaner”...which actually is quite oily.  But all I use it for is to clean out the bobbin area.

I would really appreciate if you would elaborate on oiling, and where the instructions are. Thanks.

Maria Morrow
Mobile:  985-640-5024

On Apr 1, 2020, at 10:06 AM, Kathy Strabel <ksbappa@...> wrote:

Beth---Be sure that your machine's foot is in the DOWN position when using the auto threader. I have a feeling that is what is making your threader not useable when near the edge of your design.

I throw my used pre-filled bobbins out generally. I do save a few, "in case" I need an extra to refill. However, I cannot comment on whether that is a good idea because I have never had to re-wind a saved bobbin.

As for oiling, I put a reminder on a piece of tape and stuck it to my machine to oil it in the first week of every month----BUT-- the manual suggests this frequency if you use the machine every day, so I adjust the oiling time interval according to how much I estimate I have used the machine in the past month. It is very easy to OVER-OIL the machine and that can cause problems, too.  It also is a bit scary where the manual says to turn the machine so the handwheel rests on the table. USe a folded towel on the table when you do that. AND----if you happen to have a USB stick in the machine---REMOVE it BEFORE you move the machine to its side!!!!   Otherwise, you could possibly "squish" and break the USB stick and/or the USB port on the machine. BEWARE!!

If your machine is sounding louder or different, I would suggest first a good brushing-out with a soft brush, and a vacuum cleaner attachment if you have one of those miniature ones.  Then estimate how much you have actually used your machine in the last month and oil/not oil accordingly. 

Hope this is helpful

Kathy Strabel   Camas WA


Re: Questions about 550e

Anne Hein DE
 

When threading the 500e/550e you should lock the machine. Then lower the foot. Then look in the lock window for the ok. If you don't see it turn the hand wheel. 

Here is why you lock the machine. If the hoop is too close to the foot you will get a message - move hoop for threading. Select ok hoop will move to a safe spot. After threading unlock machine and a message to move the hoop will appear select ok and hoop will move back to the previous spot. 

Anne in DE


Re: Now Hump Jumper

Betsy
 

use it to put behind the foot to keep it level as it starts up the hill of the bump or thick seam


Re: Questions about 550e

Maria Morrow
 

So I’m kind of surprised to hear about  “oiling”.  I have been told and read countless times that we do not oil our  Janome machines.  I have a little tube called “Janome cleaner”...which actually is quite oily.  But all I use it for is to clean out the bobbin area.

I would really appreciate if you would elaborate on oiling, and where the instructions are. Thanks.

Maria Morrow
Mobile:  985-640-5024

On Apr 1, 2020, at 10:06 AM, Kathy Strabel <ksbappa@...> wrote:

Beth---Be sure that your machine's foot is in the DOWN position when using the auto threader. I have a feeling that is what is making your threader not useable when near the edge of your design.

I throw my used pre-filled bobbins out generally. I do save a few, "in case" I need an extra to refill. However, I cannot comment on whether that is a good idea because I have never had to re-wind a saved bobbin.

As for oiling, I put a reminder on a piece of tape and stuck it to my machine to oil it in the first week of every month----BUT-- the manual suggests this frequency if you use the machine every day, so I adjust the oiling time interval according to how much I estimate I have used the machine in the past month. It is very easy to OVER-OIL the machine and that can cause problems, too.  It also is a bit scary where the manual says to turn the machine so the handwheel rests on the table. USe a folded towel on the table when you do that. AND----if you happen to have a USB stick in the machine---REMOVE it BEFORE you move the machine to its side!!!!   Otherwise, you could possibly "squish" and break the USB stick and/or the USB port on the machine. BEWARE!!

If your machine is sounding louder or different, I would suggest first a good brushing-out with a soft brush, and a vacuum cleaner attachment if you have one of those miniature ones.  Then estimate how much you have actually used your machine in the last month and oil/not oil accordingly. 

Hope this is helpful

Kathy Strabel   Camas WA


Now Hump Jumper

Nancy Graham
 

Kathy, do you put the hump jumper in front of the foot, like from the front towards the back of the machine?

I have an S9 and have lots of trouble sewing over thick seams, etc.

Nancy


Re: Questions about 550e

Pixey
 

I have encountered the same issue on my 500e with the auto-threader not working if the machine thinks it is too close to the edge of the hoop.  This is because these hoops have a lot less space between the sewing  field the hoop and sometimes the hoop doesn’t let the auto threader come far enough down if the machine is positioned at the edge of the sewing field.  Usually my machine asks me if I want to move the hoop for threading (I think it does this when I lock it or when I put the foot down after locking it).  Depending on my mood at the moment, I will either let it go ahead and move the hoop for threading or reach for my little handheld threader.

I reuse the prewound plastic bobbins but generally only for regular sewing and not for embroidery.  This is because these are not quite as durable as the Janome bobbins you buy as actual empty replacement bobbins.  The plastic is bit thinner and more brittle but regular sewing is not as hard on them as embroidery.  If I wind embroidery thread onto a bobbin, I make sure it is one I bought as a reusable bobbin.  I also check my bobbins closely for cracks or burrs whenever I go to wind one.

Because I use my machine intermittently, I do not oil it every month.  I was following schedule and started getting concerned that I might be over-oiling.  So now I listen more for a change in tone or just sounding a bit flattery/uneven.  If you are noticing that, then it might be time to give it a good cleaning and oiling.

Pixey


On Apr 1, 2020, at 9:16 AM, bhoryn via Groups.Io <bhoryn@...> wrote:

I appreciate all the help I have received from this group about my new embroidery machine.   I have sewn out a couple of designs and found in a couple cases that the automatic threader can not be used when the design is close to the left side of the hoop.   Anyone else run into this problem?

Do you reuse the pre-wound bobbins or just throw them out when empty.

Do you really oil your machine every month as suggested in the owner’s manual?  I’ve been making lots of in the hoop face masks and although they are sewing out just great the machine is sounding a little noisy but perhaps it is from the fabric layers that occur in the folds 

Thanks again for your help and suggestions.    Stay safe and healthy 

Beth in Ontario 


Re: Questions about 550e

Cathy LeBlanc
 

If you have the foot down and are still having an issue, I have had issues on occasion with the auto threader when the needle is at the edge of the design and real near the hoop. The threader part hits the hoop so it will not go far enough down to catch the needle. You can manually move the design stitches to get away from the edge or you can manually thread the needle. I have used both methods.
Cathy LeBlanc

On Apr 1, 2020 10:59 AM, Kathy Strabel <ksbappa@...> wrote:
Beth---Be sure that your machine's foot is in the DOWN position when using the auto threader. I have a feeling that is what is making your threader not useable when near the edge of your design.

I throw my used pre-filled bobbins out generally. I do save a few, "in case" I need an extra to refill. However, I cannot comment on whether that is a good idea because I have never had to re-wind a saved bobbin.

As for oiling, I put a reminder on a piece of tape and stuck it to my machine to oil it in the first week of every month----BUT-- the manual suggests this frequency if you use the machine every day, so I adjust the oiling time interval according to how much I estimate I have used the machine in the past month. It is very easy to OVER-OIL the machine and that can cause problems, too.  It also is a bit scary where the manual says to turn the machine so the handwheel rests on the table. USe a folded towel on the table when you do that. AND----if you happen to have a USB stick in the machine---REMOVE it BEFORE you move the machine to its side!!!!   Otherwise, you could possibly "squish" and break the USB stick and/or the USB port on the machine. BEWARE!!

If your machine is sounding louder or different, I would suggest first a good brushing-out with a soft brush, and a vacuum cleaner attachment if you have one of those miniature ones.  Then estimate how much you have actually used your machine in the last month and oil/not oil accordingly. 

Hope this is helpful

Kathy Strabel   Camas WA


Re: Questions about 550e

Cathy LeBlanc
 

If you have the foot down and are still having an issue, I have had issues on occasion with the auto threader when the needle is at the edge of the design and real near the hoop. The threader part hits the hoop so it will not go far enough down to catch the needle. You can manually move the design stitches to get away from the edge or you can manually thread the needle. I have used both methods.
Cathy LeBlanc

On Apr 1, 2020 10:59 AM, Kathy Strabel <ksbappa@...> wrote:
Beth---Be sure that your machine's foot is in the DOWN position when using the auto threader. I have a feeling that is what is making your threader not useable when near the edge of your design.

I throw my used pre-filled bobbins out generally. I do save a few, "in case" I need an extra to refill. However, I cannot comment on whether that is a good idea because I have never had to re-wind a saved bobbin.

As for oiling, I put a reminder on a piece of tape and stuck it to my machine to oil it in the first week of every month----BUT-- the manual suggests this frequency if you use the machine every day, so I adjust the oiling time interval according to how much I estimate I have used the machine in the past month. It is very easy to OVER-OIL the machine and that can cause problems, too.  It also is a bit scary where the manual says to turn the machine so the handwheel rests on the table. USe a folded towel on the table when you do that. AND----if you happen to have a USB stick in the machine---REMOVE it BEFORE you move the machine to its side!!!!   Otherwise, you could possibly "squish" and break the USB stick and/or the USB port on the machine. BEWARE!!

If your machine is sounding louder or different, I would suggest first a good brushing-out with a soft brush, and a vacuum cleaner attachment if you have one of those miniature ones.  Then estimate how much you have actually used your machine in the last month and oil/not oil accordingly. 

Hope this is helpful

Kathy Strabel   Camas WA