3 Common Sewing Machine Problems and How to Solve Them

It can be a very frustrating experience dealing with an uncooperative sewing machine. Even the most experienced seamstress will encounter problems with their machine, but the most important thing is knowing how to solve them. That is why we have compiled a list of 3 common sewing machine problems and their solutions.

Thread Bunching Up Under the Fabric

If you can see knots of extra thread on the underside of your sewing, the first thing you must do is remove your sewing from the machine. Do not pull the thread loose to get it out as you may end up damaging both your fabric and your machine; instead, you may have to cut through all the extra thread to get it free. A scrap piece of fabric will now help you test solutions as you try them. You may simply need to adjust your tension settings, especially if you have been working with fabrics of different thicknesses and you have forgotten to adjust accordingly. Thread bunching on the upper side is mostly because of loose tension on the bobbin, whilst thread bunching on the lower side is mostly due to higher tension in the bobbin. Consider re-threading the machine if this does not work, being careful to follow the manual. Position the needle at the highest point by turning the handwheel towards yourself and make sure your presser foot is up whilst threading to allow the thread to slip through into the thread tension disk.

Upper Thread Keeps Breaking

There are many reasons why the upper thread might keep breaking. Just like thread bunching, this will often occur when the threading has not been done properly; thus, it may be solved by re-threading the machine. Equally, the upper thread tension could be set too tight, so you could try lowering the thread tension setting. Alternatively, check the type of thread that you are using. For instance, delicate threads designed for hand sewing are not suitable for use in a sewing machine. You may also want to double-check if the size or type of needle is right for the project you are undertaking; if not, you may need to go up a needle size.

Skipped Stitches

Another common problem that you might find is that your machine is skipping stitches. Typically, this occurs when your needle is damaged, the wrong type of needle, or not installed correctly. If your top thread is not reaching the bobbin, the threads will not lock properly, resulting in a skipped stitch. Therefore, it could also be worth trying to re-thread your machine, both top and bobbin threads. However, if changing your needle or re-threading does not work, there could be an issue with the machine’s timing. In this case, your machine will require expert repairs. If you are not able to fix your machine yourself, contact Direct Sewing Machines today! Our repair centre in London is fully stocked with parts, we have been authorised by all the major sewing machine brands, and our technicians have over 40 years of experience. Equally, if you are looking to upgrade, check out our premium range of sewing machines!