Sewing Machines: How to Fix 3 Common Problems

Sewing isn't just a great hobby; it can also help to save you money as you will be able to make and repair your own clothes. However, you may notice that now and again your sewing machine develops problems. Thankfully, the majority of issues which can affect a sewing machine can be easily solved. Below is a guide to three common problems which can occur when using a sewing machine and the steps you can take to fix them.

1. The needle keeps bending or breaking

If you find that the sewing needle on your machine keeps bending or breaking, it is possible you are using needs which are the incorrect size. You should double check which size of needles can be used with your sewing machine and make sure the needles you are using are suitable. If you are using the correct needles and they are bending and breaking, the problem may be with the feed dog. The feed dog is the rotating part of the machine located underneath the arm which helps to move the fabric through the machine. To check the feed dog, you need to open the back of your machine to check that it is not blocked up with lint. Once you have removed any lint, you should oil the moving parts of the feed dog.

2. The machine keeps overheating

The primary cause of overheating is the build-up of dust and debris within the sewing machine. When this occurs, it can prevent heat from escaping from the machine. When a sewing machine overheats, it will shut itself down which will really ruin your sewing session. The best way to combat overheating is to clean the interior of your sewing machine regularly. If you are sewing for an extended period of time, you should also take breaks to allow the machine to cool down.

3. The fabric keeps bunching up

There are few things as frustrating as when fabric keeps bunching up as you feed it through your sewing machine. If this keeps happening, you will need to adjust the foot of the machine. The foot is the piece of metal which is lowered onto the material you are about to sew. Ideally, the foot should be positioned so that it keeps the material in place but also allows it to glide through the machine when you move it. The tension of the foot can be adjusted using the screw on the rear. You should play around with tightening and loosening the foot until you find the perfect tension.

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