Sewing machine troubleshooting can and should be learned by anyone who owns and uses a sewing machine.
Not only will you save time by eliminating unnecessary trips to the repairman, but you'll save money on unneeded repair bills.
Learn by doing. Troubleshoot by thinking logically about the common problems you'll face during your quilting time.
The purpose of this troubleshooting guide is twofold.
First you'll learn some simple preventative maintenance to perform on your own machine.
Follow these simple steps for more trouble free sewing time.
If you haven't had the opportunity to look inside a sewing machine to see just how a stitch is formed, please take a minute to watch the video on our page Learn How Sewing Machines Work. (This link opens in a new window to make it easy to come back here.)
Before beginning, locate the instruction manual that came with your domestic sewing machine. Find a place to keep it handy when you are sewing. It is an invaluable aid to diagnose problems and likely has a directory of problems and fixes indexed in the back.
Sewing machine needles are such little insignificant things. Or are they?
This tiny piece of metal is at the root of so many problems. ‘Good thing it's so easy to change. For almost every problem listed in this guide, it is the first thing to check.
Now to learn more about simple preventative sewing machine maintenance, click here.
We have covered a number of common problems. Find yours in the list below and click on the name. Remember that if you feel uncomfortable with any of the adjustments consult you dealer for more information.