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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Common Sewing Machine Issues

Most common issues people have with their sewing machines are needle and thread problems. Once you understand a few simple things, you’ll be confident in using your machine.

Symptoms: machine wont sew, thread breaking, thread bunching, wont make stitches, stitches are loose, etc. This is So frustrating!

Here’s what to do: (for each step refer to your manual as needed)

1. Make sure needle is new- even a small burr, bend, etc on a needle can break threads. Change needle after every project.

2. Needle inserted wrong make sure needle is inserted properly.

3. Thread & Needle Size- make sure you are using the correct size needle and thread for the fabric you are using.

4. Correct threading of machine- make sure the threading of machine is correct. One move in the wrong direction can prevent your machine from sewing stitches.

5. Needle threading- make sure thread is inserted through the eye of the needle in the right direction.

6. Bobbin threading- Make sure that the thread in the bobbin is facing the correct way & threaded correctly, if not, you will not be able to make stitches.

7. Bobbin case- make sure the bobbin is inserted into the bobbin case & threaded correctly.

8. Bottom stitches are loose & ‘loopy’ (when trying to sew) An upper thread tension adjustment is needed. Please Note: you only have to turn either way just a hair! Turning the tension assembly too much in either direction with throw your stitches off. Turn left will loosen the tension & right to tighten.

!! Always test sew on scrap fabric to test your stitches & make any adjustments needed – before starting a new project.

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