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Sewing machine troubleshooting

So, your sewing machine got a problem? It doesn’t sew, or breaks needles or makes a mess with thread? How frustrating! 

The project has to be finished, but the sewing machine you need the most is not up to the task. 

I get it, friend, sewing machine problems are STRESSFUL!

If you own a sewing machine long enough, you’re going to have to figure out how to fix it at some point or another. While some sewing machine problems are preventable, others are inevitable.

There might be something very simple going on — something that you can fix on your own. 

I’ve put together this printable troubleshooting guide PDF. Whether you use a traditional sewing machine or a modern computerized one, work through this ebook before thinking about a replacement or going to a service center.

How to troubleshoot your sewing machine

This eBook is the Step-by-Step System for Solving Your Problems in No-Time Flat!

So, before you panic, check these tips to try if you are in the middle of a sewing project and your machine suddenly stopped working. 

All the necessary information is neat, organized, and easy-to-understand!

  • Know exactly what to do + how to do it. Just follow the worksheets + guided prompts — it’s like having a professional near you to guide you along.
  • Get access to every possible solution you’ll need to troubleshoot your machine
  • Simplify the whole process and make troubleshooting so much quicker

These are the problems we are going to solve

  1. Thread is bunching under your fabric when you sew
  2. Sewing machine’s needle breaks
  3. Thread keeps breaking
  4. Sewing machine is skipping stitches
  5. Fabric is not feeding at all or the fabric feed is inconsistent
  6. Thread is fraying or shredding (and breaks in the end)
  7. The machine is ON but doesn’t sew at all
  8. Thread knots and tangles and doesn’t go smoothly when the machine is working
  9. Threads are bunching at the start or ends of seams
  10. Stitches don’t look nice and are loopy and loose
  11. The sewing machine tension is inconsistent
  12. Needle comes unthreaded when you start sewing
  13. Sewing machine makes an unusual noise
  14. Automatic needle threader stopped working
  15. Bobbin winder stopped working (bobbin is not winding)
  16. Sewing machine is not picking up the bobbin thread
  17. Bobbin keeps popping out (for top-loaded machines)
  18. Fabric is puckering under the presser foot
  19. Automatic buttonhole problems
  20. The machine doesn’t do what you want it to do, and “behaves” weirdly

Also, a modern sewing machine can be quite an investment and it’s important to take good care of your machine. As they say,

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

So I will show you exactly what you should do to keep your machine in good working order for years! 

You can prevent many problems with your sewing machine if you do regular maintenance and follow tips from this eBook.

Here are a few pages of the eBook.

What Are You Waiting For, Friend? Get the eBook How to Troubleshoot a Sewing Machine to Help You Repair Your Machine at Home!

Did you find this article helpful? If so, save this pin (see below) on your sewing board so you can come to this article later when you are ready to troubleshoot your sewing machine, and follow me on Pinterest for more tips, tutorials, and inspiration!

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Pherbia Stephens

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

Since I printed one copy I have been unable to print one more. What do I do to bring it up to print another?

Pherbia Stephens

Sunday 24th of April 2022

I love "How to Troubleshoot a Sewing Machine" book and wonder if I could print a second copy. I keep the machines cleaned, oiled an working in our group of ladies who sew for needy children but will not remember to take my copy with me. I am 92 years old and need to teach the ladies to do what I do now for I might not always be with them.

Thank you.

Pherbia Stephens

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

@Pherbia Stephens, How do I bring "How to Troubleshoot a Sewing Machine" book to print another copy?

Pherbia Stephens

Monday 17th of May 2021

Do you have this in paperback book form? I need a book for my computer is not in my sewing room which is in a separate building. If you do not have a book please cancel my order. Thank you.

Pherbia Stephens

Sunday 24th of April 2022

@Olga Balasa, Is it possible for me to print a second copy of the How to Troubleshoot a Sewing Machine I just purchased and printed? I sew for needy children and need a copy to help us sewers in our volunteer sewing group. I am the one who helps with the sewing problems now but need to teach the other ladies for I am already 92 years old and could not always be around.

Olga Balasa

Tuesday 18th of May 2021

No paperback, sorry! The cost of printing a paperback and mailing it is prohibitive for an amateur like me. I always thought it is useful to have a tablet nearby (not a phone, that is too distracting) to have as reference when needed. I do find printouts useful, but I usually print one or two pages only, whatever I need at that time.

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