Sewing Machine: Knocks when running

Poorly lubricated sewing machine parts often cause a knocking noise in a sewing machine. An internal gear problem can also cause knocking.<p>Oil the sewing machine when it's knocking. Prevent knocking by oiling the machine at least once a year or every 3 months if you use the sewing machine regularly. If the machine has been stored for an extended period, oil it before use.

If the sewing machine continues to knock after being oiled, an internal failure likely is causing the knocking. Have a technician service the sewing machine.

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These repairs may help solve your sewing machine problem

Oil the sewing machine

Oil the sewing machine

Oil the machine at least once a year. If you use the sewing machine frequently, oil it every 3 months. The machine runs sluggish or knocks loudly if you don't oil it regularly. If the sewing machine is idle for an extended time, oil it before sewing. Follow the directions in your owner-s manual to oil the sewing machine. Wipe off any excess oil to avoid staining your fabric when sewing. Clean dust and debris from the machine while oiling.

Symptoms common to all sewing machines

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Main causes: machine needs lubrication, internal gear failure
Main causes: disengaged clutch, broken drive belt, internal drive gear failure
Main causes: problems with the feed dogs, setting stitch length to 0
Main causes: faulty foot pedal, locked drive gears, wiring failure, bad drive motor
Main causes: dirty shuttle race, wrong thread tension, bad needle timing, damaged needle, using the wrong type of needle
Main causes: power supply failure, bad power cord, faulty On/Off switch
Main causes: lack of lubrication, lint buildup, worn drive belt, faulty drive motor
Main causes: thread bunched up in the shuttle race, bad needle timing, internal drive gear failures
Main causes: dirty shuttle race, improper thread routing, incorrect thread tension
Repair guides common to all sewing machines

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your sewing machine.

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By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a sewing machine drive motor

If the drive motor on your sewing machine runs roughly or doesn't run at all, you can replace it in about 30 minutes using these simple steps.

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How to replace a sewing machine on/off switch

If the sewing machine is completely dead, replace the On/Off switch using these 6 steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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How to replace a sewing machine drive belt

You can replace a broken sewing machine drive belt in about 15 minutes.

Repair difficulty
Time required
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Articles and videos common to all sewing machines

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your sewing machine.

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Sewing machine common questions
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