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Thread: Really need help with my sewing machine!!! Clunking noise

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    Senior Member quiltingbee12's Avatar
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    I sewed some leather on my sewing machines, my treadle and my 60s all metal. Now they are producing a clunking noise, and do not sew as smoothly. It was a purse that I was repairing.
    Please help me! Will I need to take them in, or is it something I can fix myself?

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    have you checked the needle to make sure it isn't bent? If it is hitting the metal on the cover plate it will clunk.

    Barb

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    I just changed the needle, and it still clunks, and at first until i turned the wheel, it wouldn't go.

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    Is it stitching at all? Sometimes my thread comes out of the loop and won't sew..........then it sounds like a clunking noise. Have you tried rethreadng the machine? And have you tried oiling it again? Clean out the hook (bobbin area) and oil there also. Just a drop on the casing without the bobbin in it might smooth out the noise some

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitching4Fun
    Is it stitching at all? Sometimes my thread comes out of the loop and won't sew..........then it sounds like a clunking noise. Have you tried rethreadng the machine? And have you tried oiling it again? Clean out the hook (bobbin area) and oil there also. Just a drop on the casing without the bobbin in it might smooth out the noise some
    That is exactly what I would suggest...and maybe again, another needle. I wouldn't think you have done anything serious to the machine...for this has been done for too many years on them:)Usually it is a bent needle...or at least that is what I have found. Skeat

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    After you clean the machines and oil them thoroughly, try running them without any needle at all and see if they still clunk. If they do, it's not the needle.

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    When is the last time you had it serviced? My machine, 1970s Montgomery Ward, was making loops and odd noises. I took it in to be serviced and turns out the timing was off. The guy adjusted the timing and it hasn't given me any trouble since.

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    Thank you for all of your ideas. I had never thought about seeing if the clunking went away, if i took out the thread. I also never thought about it, but it is true that they've dealt with one inexperinced user after another through the years :oops: :wink:

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    i also think it's the timing. leather really tests a home sewing machine and they have trouble pushing their way through the leather. did you use the special leather needle?

    i also agree that if it clunks without using a needle, have it serviced before using it. you can do real damage. now, how do i know this?

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    now, how do i know this]] butterflywing....I had to chuckle over this!!:0)LOL I do hope the end of this story turned out great and really would like to know since this is something I could do too:)I just recently switched out presser feet and forgot to change the stitching pattern-duh!! All seems fine so far but do not recomm. thta to anyone...it will scare the daylights out of you! I now make sure to turn off the machine on any foot changes. That was my decision after picking myself up from the floor for cover!:)Skeat

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