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It makes a rattling sound when I sew. It has been

My Singer 221 makes a rattling sound when I sew. It has been cleaned and oiled, and the gears have been lubricated with the recommended motor lubricant. Is this noise normal?

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  • teaquilt Jul 16, 2009

    It's an older one with the metal gears. It sews a wonderful stitch, but that noise is bugging me. I was hoping not to have to take it in for repair because I want to use it this weekend.


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If its an older singer featherweight it should sound pretty quiet but if its a newer 221 it has plastic or nylon gears and they can make a "barking" sound

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  • bbragg77 Jul 16, 2009

    check the hook and make sure thread hasnt caught around it


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