Sewing Machine Troubleshooting- How to fix

I love sewing and that is wonderful; but, unfortunately, sometimes along the way problems can indeed arise, so I want us to take a look at some of the kinds of problems that can arise and will provide the solutions for sewing machine troubleshooting to get you on your way sewing again with ease and pleasure.

Are you experiencing skipped stitches?

If you notice that you are experiencing stitches that have been skipped as you have been sewing along, it is thus very probable that the needle of your sewing machine is the problem. It means that you will have to change the needle.

The needle is simply very thin and you may unknowingly have damaged it by bending it during the times that you were tugging on fabric, or you may also have hit the needle with a straight pin inadvertently. Yes, this has happened to me as well.

If it seems that you must change your sewing machine needle rather frequently, do ensure that you use the feed dog to direct the fabric through the sewing machine and that you do not force the fabric, which can result in the cause of bent sewing machine needles.

Are you experiencing the knotting or the breaking of the thread that you are using?

When you are working on any sewing project, you really must indeed be sure that you are using a high-quality type of thread. The reason that it is necessary to use a high-quality type of thread is because of the fact that cheaper versions of thread tend to cast off lint in way too excessive amounts and have loose fibers which can cause your thread to knot when you are sewing stitches with your sewing machine and can even further cause not only knot in the thread but the actual breakage of the thread as well.

I have learned my lesson that it really is not worth it to buy cheap thread if I want to avoid these frustrations and be able to sew along smoothly without unnecessary hassles to slow me down; because once I get sewing on a project, I am eager to get it done to move on to the next one.

Check to see how your sewing machine has been threaded. Perform the complete unthreading of your sewing machine. Then take time to carefully rethread your sewing machine all over again. Take note to always be sure to implement the threading of your sewing machine with the usage of the presser foot in an upright position to do so.

It is important to realize that when you experience knotting thread problems on the underside of your sewing machine, this is due to the fact that the thread has not been properly administered on the top side of the sewing machine.

In other words, errors have been made in the way that your sewing machine underwent the threading process.

Do take a look at the bobbin that you are using. There are two steps in dealing with your bobbin, which include that you make sure that you have properly threaded your bobbin and that you have also properly threaded the case of the bobbin that you are using in relation to your sewing project.

Finally, another thing in relation to the usage of the bobbin is that you must see that the bobbin has been placed in the correct direction in order for the sewing machine to work properly and to keep the thread from knotting and breaking on you as you are sewing along.

You should quite regularly be routinely on the lookout for any wear that has happened to your bobbin which you have been using for your sewing projects. You see, plastic bobbins are really known to wear down on their edges rather quickly.

When you notice those abrasions on those plastic bobbins, they have actually changed in size by becoming somewhat smaller than they were in relation to their original size. While admittedly the change in the size of the bobbin when this occurs is rather quite minute, it is enough of a difference to be able to allow your trusted bobbin to wobble around in the case of the bobbin, which thus changes the sewing tension of the thread, which can cause the thread to knot and break. I have had many experiences with these types of worn plastic bobbins all too well.

Have your children tampered with your sewing machine?

If you sit down to sew and then things with your sewing machine start to go haywire and it is not working correctly, then you just may have to wonder if children were tampering with your machine when they should not have.

To prevent this from happening again, it is good to have a place where you can actually lock it up when you are not using it.

Another good precaution is to always unplug your sewing machine when you are not using it to work on your sewing projects. This way you will know that if it is plugged in the next time that you go to use it, it was not you who did so and that children were likely the culprits who did some things to your sewing machine, which you would prefer not to happen in the first place.

Are you having a tension problem with your sewing machine?

If you are sewing along and something just does not seem right with the tension that you are experiencing, then you likely will need to make an adjustment to the turning disk of your sewing machine.

It is important to note that when you turn the disk to the right, you are making the tension tighter; and when you turn the disk to the left, you are making the tension looser.

The sewing machine needle keeps breaking

To avoid breakage of the needle, ensure you use the right side of the needle depending on the material sewn. Lightweight fabrics like silk require a needle size of 9-11 because they are delicate, while medium-weight fabric such as linen requires a size of 14.

Heavyweight fabrics such as canvas or denim require needle size 18. Understanding the type of material and the size of the needle required for each will minimize needle breakage. Always replace the size of your machine’s needles depending on their use.

The sewing machine makes noises while sewing

For example, clunking, grinding, or banging noises, sewing machine jammed
SolutionWhenever you heard the noises, stop sewing immediately. The noise shows that there is something jammed or rubbed in the machine that increases tension and hinders performance during sewing.

Clean to remove the jammed materials or threads, and oil the machine. Always refer to the sewing machine manual when doing regular cleaning or routine maintenance to ensure that you’re doing the right thing.

Have you forgotten to do some regular maintenance on your sewing machine in a while?

Perhaps you are experiencing some problems with your sewing machine because you have not done the standard maintenance on it that your sewing machine manual recommends that you do.

Get out the manual and go through the instructions to preserve the functionality of your sewing machine.

Hope these Guides will help you in troubleshooting your sewing machine in a Quick time.

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by Brain Miller
I am Brain Miller, author of the Sewing feature web. I am excited to have you here. As a passionate sewer, I want to share my knowledge and experience with others by providing helpful tips, tricks, product reviews, and more. My goal is to provide readers with honest content that helps them in sewing.