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Thread: bobbin case

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    Senior Member denise d's Avatar
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    So, I was making an apron and my machine started making a clunking/thunking noise.

    I did a quick search here and tried to troubleshoot the issue.

    The only thing I can think of is it is bobbin case.

    My machine is not a super great one... a Brother 2600i, or something to that nature.

    Has anyone else had a similar problem? Just trying to figure this out.

    Thanks in advance.

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    I have a Brother and when to much lint builds up in the bobbin case and under the feed dogs it will start making a clunking noise. Have you gone in and cleaned the bobbin case? You may have some lint build up. I use canned air to clean mine out then do a quick swipe with the brush to get rid of the lint.

    Hope this helps.

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    I will try it again.... hopefully it will be that easy to fix.

    Thanks!

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    could be a dull needle as well if you haven't changed it in a while

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    Do clean out, though I'd recommend vacuuming as you brush instead of canned air. A quiet "thunk" or "thwack" might be a dull needle, though.

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    Senior Member denise d's Avatar
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    Thanks....

    No luck... it makes the sound without the needle in. Also re-cleaned and it still makes the sound.

    HECK!

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    It may be that the timing is off. This can make a thunking noise if out of line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by max's grandma
    It may be that the timing is off. This can make a thunking noise if out of line.
    how do you fix that? Is it a repairman type visit?

    I only ask, because it was a $120 machine from Walmart about 5 yrs ago. I have only been quilting about a year and was thinking of getting a better machine. Therefore, I do not want to spend a bunch to fix this machine, if I am going to be upgrading soon.

    Sigh... decisions-decisions.

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    I understand your pain-I am going in tomorrow to the local machine store to test drive their machines. I wasn't counting on doing this for at least another 6 months!

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    Some less expensive machines aren't made to be repaired.: (
    It's a throw away society. Check with a local repair shop, they may not recommend repairing it.

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    I have several brother machines and the latest one has a plastic black case around the bobbin housing, it is the problem with mine. I was very disappointed had to buy a new machine for the same reason, price. I upgraded to a new machine. I do regular maintenance on my machines and keep this area clean.

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    Brothers are not easily oiled, but I do mine. Use a dime to loosen that big screw. Oil the moving parts there. It helped mine.

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    My friend had. Brother,same problem...it made so much noise that it sounded like it was going to explode! It's now at the dumps!!! Good luck!

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    I have the same machine and had that happen one time. I cleaned it, completely re threaded it (spool as well as bobbin) and put in a new needle and whatever was the problem was solved.
    Make sure you're using the right kind of bobbin??? A plastic one like what came with the machine - metal is not good.

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    When this happens I always clean and oil, then change the needle.

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    I'm sorry the cleaning didn't help. Did you clean the moving parts as well as the case? Lint builds up on those to. I ended up cleaning mine yesterday after reading your post and boy did it need it.

    This is a neat little tool I use to get into those difficult spots on my machines when I need to oil them. My husband got me one from his job but you can buy them and they make oiling a cinch. Some if you look around do have a longer tip.

    http://www.amazon.com/PIN-POINT-PREC...7052726&sr=8-3

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