I heard a clanking noise and I thought it might be my sewing needle was dull. So I replace it and was doing ok but it started making a noise again and it looks like the thread take lever is bent Any advise?
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Sometimes both symptoms are a result of a bent, dull, or damaged needle. Try installing a brand new needle.
If it is still not picking up the bobbin thread and making a noise, take it for service. It most likely has a needle/hook timing issue and the noise could be the needle making contact with the needleplate or in the bobbin area. Continued use could cause the needle to break and flying pieces of needle, in most cases, are not a good thing.
Install a new needle. Needles should be changed frequently. A bent, dull, or damaged needle can cause a lot of havoc. A new needle is the most economical fix available.
Remove the thread. RAISE the presser foot, then rethread from the beginning. Make sure it is threaded correctly. Usually, thread breakage indicates mis-threading or the thread has jumped out of the take-up lever or another thread guide. Make sure that the thread is not hanging up on the thread spool or around the spool pin. Also check that the tension has not been set too tight.
sometimes when a needle gets bent, it can cause the sewing machine to need a adjustment by a technican. sometimes a jam can be caused by the thread coming off the thread take up lever or the bobbin is turned the wrong way in the bobbin case or the bobbin was not thread correctly
Depends what was causing the noise. It could merely have been the build-up of lint and thread. However, something else could be the cause.
First: Install a brand new needle. A bent, damaged, old needle will frequently cause noise because it is striking something it should not. A dull needle will also make a thunking sound as it tries to penetrate the fabric. The needle should be changed about every 8 hours of sewing...a very inexpensive fix!
Also, be sure to following the oiling instructions (if any) in your manual. Use only fresh good quality sewing machine oil and apply only 1-2 drops in each spot as instructed.
If the top thread still fails to pick up the bobbin thread, it is likely the machine has been knocked out of time. Take it for service.