Quick Fixes for 11 Common Sewing Machine Issues

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Try These Before Heading to the Repair Shop!

Sooner or later everyone who sews, whether a little or a lot, is sure to run into problems with their sewing machine. Often the solution is to change the needle, re-thread the machine or tweak the tension. But how do you know what to do in any given situation?

Over time you’ll learn what your machine needs. Meanwhile, Monica Skov of It’s Just Sewing has created a video that covers 11 common issues.

Quick Fixes for 11 Common Sewing Machine Issues

Photo from “Meet Your Sewing Machine” by Mikaela Holmes.

She covers broken thread, broken needles, loopy and skipped stitches as well as knocking noises. Here are the timestamps for issues she covers:

  1. Thread keeps coming out the eye of the needle {7 seconds}
  2. The Thread & Fabric keeps jamming under the presser foot {1 min. 25 sec.}
  3. The Machine is making a dull knocking noise {2 min. 26 sec.}
  4. Upper Thread keeps breaking {3 min. 12 sec.}
  5. Bobbin Thread keeps breaking {4 min. 14 sec.}
  6. The Machine is skipping stitches {5 min. 5 sec. }
  7. The Needle Keeps Breaking {6 min. 22 sec.}
  8. The Machine isn’t feeding the fabric properly {7 min. 48 sec.}
  9. Fabric keeps Puckering {5 min. 35 sec.}
  10. The Machine is Making loose or loopy stitches {9 min. 37 sec.}
  11. The Machine is Running rough and heavy {10 min. 5 sec.}

This is a great reference to help you diagnose and fix common problems. Check this information first before heading to the repair shop. Chances are you’ll find the solution you’re looking for.

Click here to watch the video at YouTube if it doesn’t play on your device.


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