Common Troubleshooting Steps for Your Sewing Machine

Like any other mechanical equipment, your sewing machine could become problematic at times. Sometimes, your machine skips stitches, keeps breaking the needle or even stops working altogether. On those occasions, you need perfect guideline to address the problem. In this post, I will talk about the common sewing machine issues and how to deal with these.


Machine Stopped Sewing

If your self threading sewing machine has stopped sewing, it is highly likely that you have a problem with the thread and/or the needle. First of all, make sure the machine is properly threaded according to the user manual. Remember to keep the pressure foot up when threading the machine and bring it down when threading is completed.  Also, make sure that the needle is locked properly and is facing towards the right direction. As blunt, damaged needles could lead to faulty stitches, always keep the needle checked.

Needle Keeps Breaking

Among all the components of your sewing machine, needle is a special one which is likely to break more often. Fortunately, sewing machines make it very easy to replace broken needles. Using the wrong-sized needle is the number one reason why they break. The perfect needle size depends on the type of fabric you are using. Checking the needle and fabric correlation before starting a new project can significantly reduce the needle breaking incidents.You should also refrain from forcing the needle into harder fabrics.

Sewing Thread Misbehaving

It can be very frustrating when your sewing machine threads stop working properly. The most common reasons of thread misbehave could be improper threading. Check out the user manual and make sure you have threaded accordingly. Other steps include cleaning the bobbin area, oiling the moving parts, checking the needle etc.Thread breaking is another common incident. This is expected when you use cheap, lower quality thread. It can also happen if you have sharp edges inside the machine. In that case, use steel wool or sand paper to polish the areas.

Loud Mechanical Noises

On some occasions, your sewing machine might make banging or grinding sounds. This might happen due to jammed parts inside the machine. In this case, stop using the machine immediately and unplug the power cord. Then, check the machine interior for any lint or dust buildup. You also need to keep the machine properly oiled. The instruction manual should have details about the best ways to oil your sewing machine. If there is any loose screw, tighten them with a screw driver.

Improper Seams

A number of people also complain about the poor quality of the seams. In that case, the stitches don’t look professional and the pattern doesn’t match. While this is not a strict mechanical fault, it can be improved by taking some basic steps. First of all, make sure that you are using the perfect needle for the project. Ironing the fabric beforehand could also be useful in getting the perfect seams.

Concluding Remarks

So, these were the common troubleshooting steps for your sewing machine. Did you face any of these problems recently? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Feel free to share any other troubleshooting tips you may have.