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Kenmore sewing machine, needle banging down, bobbin banging around, etc.

I'm no sewing machine expert, but I wing it, and enjoy being creative. I recently finished a project making a halloween costume for my daughter, with a black flannel material. Last night I was using it on white flannel material, another project, when suddenly the needle starts making a crazy banging noise, and it seems it's jiggling around, going down almost into the side of the little hole it normally goes into. As this is happening, I can see through the clear plastic that the bobbin seems to be boinging around in it's spot there (don't know the technical names for these things). It's making loud banging noises, almost begging for oil, but I have no clue how to do this! It's a second hand machine and has no manual, also, I just have no clue, honestly... The thread underneath my project I was working on was bunching up like mad, though I believed the tension was fine (it's hit or miss with tension, I really don't know what I'm doing) it had been going along fine until this all went on... Well, I took the needle out, inspected it, it seems fine, so I reinserted it. Took out the bobbin, then what I believe to be the bobbin case, cleaned a TON of black dust (must be from that flannel fabric) out of it, wiped the interior out as best I could given I don't have canned air (i just did a little reading, here). It's still doing the same thing. I then gave up and brought it to Sears repair shop today.

Sure, they'll fix it. My question is, what caused this loud banging action, which also made my thread bunch up underneath my project horribly? What steps can I take to avoid this problem in the future? I did some reading here, 'regular maintenence' might do the trick, sure, but is there something ELSE that I did that caused this?

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Re: Kenmore sewing machine, needle banging down, bobbin...

Sounds to me like your bobbin case or hook came loose. Maybe your machine is out of time.
Were you possibly pulling the material through the machine to hurry things along, or did you let the machine feed it itself? Pulling it through can cause needles to flex and hit the hook area incorrectly, causing the machine to go out of time.
Now, if the needle is not going into the needle plate at the correct location ALL the time, that could be a broken needle bar (bad news), or a broken swing bar (really bad news)

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