"If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience."
- Robert Fulghum
The market is so saturated with readymade products that it has lost its value. Now, more and more people are buying handmade stuff because of the uniqueness and the precision with which it is made.
If you run a Sewing or Embroidery business, you must be facing a lot of issues with your sewing machine. It delays the delivery of the product to your customer.
Save your time and go through this blog that covers the basic embroidery machine problems and their solutions. Even if you haven’t faced some of them, it’s better to know about them in advance. It will help you fix the problem sooner.
How to troubleshoot a sewing machine problem
First things first, as soon as the common problem arises like sewing machine not moving, sewing machine stitches not catching, or thread bunching. The first thing to do is, refer to your sewing machine manual.
Your machine manual is like a holy book and should be kept near the machine always. It consists of solutions to the very basic problems that you may encounter with your machine. Also, every machine differs slightly because of the built quality or the materials used. So, your machine manual is probably the best place to search for solutions.
Fix the machine noise
Is your machine making loud noises? It could be due to excessive usage and low maintenance.
Stop using the machine right away and clean it properly. To make it function normally, you can try replacing the needle, oiling the machine, cleaning the teeth area and removing the lint which is placed under the needle plate.
Once you have checked and cleaned everything, you can start using the machine.
Machine not forming stitches
Are you finding it difficult to form the design correctly? Your fabric or hoop could be loose and you can fix this by tightening them.
Insert a new needle if the existing one is bent. Double check if you’ve inserted the right needle or not.
Solve Machine Problems
If you’ve been working continuously for hours and hours, it’s more likely that your machine will stop working all of a sudden.
Just like humans, even machines need break. Your machine has stopped to save the motor from overheating. Turn off the machine for 20 minutes and then you can use it again.
In case the motor or light is not working, check if the power cord is plugged properly and make sure the power strip is turned on. It could also happen due to the improper wiring in the outlet.
Needles Bending or Breaking
Breaking of the needle is the most common issue with sewing machines as you use them the most. It is bound to happen no matter with how much care you handle it. However, you can reduce the occurrence of it.
Ensure that the needle is placed fully in the needle bar and that is it not loose. Check if the bobbin is inserted correctly.
Before removing the needle, raise it out of fabric to prevent it from breaking.
Sometimes, it could also break due to stitch position and presser foot. To avoid that, use the correct presser foot based on the fabric and the stitch type.
Issues with thread
The three common issues with thread while using a sewing machine are the constant splitting and breaking of thread, looping of thread at the back of fabric, and thread slipping out of the needle.
The thread splits or breaks because the needle is not inserted properly or the machine is not threaded rightly. Solve the problem by inserting a new needle and adjusting the tension in the machine for proper threading.
When your thread is looped behind the fabric, it’s either because the tension is not correct or the bobbin is inserted incorrectly. You can fix it by adjusting the tension and replacing the bobbin.
If your thread is slipping out of the needle, the problem could be due to the take-up lever as it pulls the thread out while lifting it. You can solve the issue simply by pulling the thread down and holding it while you lift the lever to make the first stitch.
These were some of the common problems that you can solve by yourself. However, if you feel that your machine is still not working properly then make sure to get it repaired by a professional.