3 Simple Ways To Troubleshoot Your Sewing Machine

The first thing to do when you run into trouble with your sewing machine is refer to the manufacturer's operation manual to ensure that all of your settings are correct and that your machine is set up properly. Even with regular maintenance and the proper set up, you may still run into some common issues from time to time. The good news is, many problems you're likely to encounter with a sewing machine are easy to fix. Here are three common sewing machine issues you might encounter and how to fix them.

Skipped Stitches

If you're working on a project and you notice that your machine begins to skip stitches, first check your needle. A bent needle is a common cause of stitch skipping. Even when you're being careful, needles can bend during routing tasks. Change out your sewing needle and see if that fixes the problem. If you continue to notice skipped stitches, check to ensure that you're using compatible needle and thread for the project. Different fabric weights require compatible needle sizes. Using mismatched needle and thread can cause issues such as stitch skipping. 

Machine Not Sewing

Sometimes you may sit down to work on a project and find that your machine is simply not sewing. Before panicking, do a few routine checks to troubleshoot the problem. The best place to start is to make sure that your machine is threaded properly. When threading the machine, it's important to do so with the presser foot up to release the tension. Once it's threaded, then you can put the presser foot down to apply tension to the thread. Then check that the needle is locked and facing the appropriate direction for the machine. If the thread is facing the wrong direction, it won't be picked up by the hook when sewing. 

Thread Breaking

At times you may find yourself stitching along without a problem when suddenly the thread breaks. This is frustrating when it occurs in the middle of a project, but it's often simple to fix. Check that there isn't too much tension on the thread when the presser foot is down. Too much tension can cause the thread to snap. Also, make sure you're using quality thread. Unfortunately, low quality thread is prone to knotting and breaking. Take a look at your bobbin and make sure it is in the case, facing the right direction and in good condition. If the bobbin looks worn, change it out.

If you cannot find the problem, contact a business that offers sewing machine repair