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Needle keeps hitting the plate and breaking

I have an older Kenmore machine and a Singer. The needle keeps breaking when I try to sew

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  • Anonymous Jun 25, 2008

    While sewing through a thick piece of fabric, the needle suddenly struck the bottom of the metal plate (needle plate). The needle keeps hitting the plate and cannot go completely down and make a single stitch. I've checked other blogs and they said that the needle may be crooked and i might need to replace the bobbin, but i thinks theres more to it. The timing is completely off and I don't know if these solutions will do the trick.

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    thread keeps breaking
    needle bends

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    Tread also keeps breaking

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    Can't keep the needle from breaking even when I loosen the tension, was doing it with specialty stiches now even straight stitch. I have been sewing for 40 years using a Singer and this one has me at my wits end. It is always pulling the needle to the left when it breaks or bends it. I have been through 6 needles today and 10 over the weekend! Trying to make adjustments each time to no avail. Is it a flaw in the machine or something that can be fixed.

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Possibly off timing,

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