Out of all the faults that may happen to you whilst sewing, this may well be the most frustrating: when it just won’t sew!! The noise and the sudden stubbornness of the machine acting like a tantrum toddler often make us think it is something severe & expensive to fix. However, the chances are, you will avoid this problem if you take care of your machine by cleaning regularly and here is a basic rundown of why it may happen, and ways to prevent or resolve it if it does …
This may be because the:
- The machine is not turned on properly
- Thread is tangled in the hook
- A broken needle is hiding in the hook
You could fix this by:
- Turning the machine off and on
- Ensuring the power plug is connected properly
- Cleaning the hook
- Taking out the bobbin & removed any trapped thread
If you need help on doing any of the above, refer to your Instruction Manual or download one here.
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As we all know, sewing machines need looking after, a bit of TLC and regular servicing; after all they are no stranger to the popular concept “for life, not just for Christmas (or birthdays)”!
It’s so common these days that people quickly loose the maintenance momentum that comes with the excitement of a shiny new machine but slowly start to neglect the sewing machine’s needs. My Grandma had the same sewing machine from the start of her sewing career and passed it down to me in great working order. However, without taking care of it and treating it as the delicate piece of machinery that it is she would never have seen it last so many decades.
When you invest in a sewing machine, or any other piece of equipment for that matter, you want it to last as long as possible! And so we want to help you maximise your machine’s performance and efficiency whilst saving you time, frustration and money as repairs not only usually end up being costly but they typically crop up at the worst of times, like mid project, and could have been prevented with following our simple tips and trouble-shooting! And the best thing is, for the majority of repairs all you will need is your regular toolbox!!
To start; our MUST basics …
- Know the make and model of your specific sewing machine.
- Treat your machine with respect. Keep it clean and brush it down regularly.
- Use the recommended sewing machine bobbins, sewing threads, and needles for your sewing machine.
- Keep your sewing machine covered when not in use.
- Work indoors and ensure your sewing machine is on flat, sturdy surface when working.
- Do not allow young children to use your sewing machine unsupervised.
- Do not cover the air vents of your sewing machine.
- Keep your instruction manual safe, and if you don’t have one you can reprint one here.
- Change the needles often. A bent or dull needle will not only damage your fabric, but your machine as well.
- Oil your machine on a regular basis.