When I purchased my first sewing machine, I didn’t know anything about using one or maintaining one in a good state; I didn’t even have any particular sewing skills. However, I was glad to realize that you can easily find experts and people with experience who were more than happy to share their knowledge with beginners like me. What I remember is that while researching about how to repair a sewing machine, I read that it is always best to prevent than to repair; I have to admit that this post helped a ton. Among the first things I learned was that it is highly recommended to follow some easy steps in order to maintain the sewing machine in an excellent state. Here is the list:
- Allow it to rest. No matter how much you enjoy sewing or how in a hurry you are, it is important to allow it to rest every few hours. Don’t use it continuously for long hours because it will overheat and certain parts will begin to malfunction. You will feel a burnt smell if you use it for a too long time, so turn it off, as this clearly indicates a problem.
- Clean and oil it. This will prevent overheating and also, it will ensure that there will be no parts which get stuck.
- Changing of parts. If you notice that there are parts giving signs of being worn out, you should replace them as fast as possible.
Now that you know how to maintain the sewing machine in a good state by following a few simple steps, check out the list below in order to learn how to repair some of the most common problems that can appear while using such a tool.
- Skipping stitches- If the stitches are coming out uneven or they are entirely skipping, then it must be the needle, which is either damaged or broken. You just have to replace the needle after every 16 hours of stitching and you will easily get the issue solved.
- The needle breaks- This usually happens because you use a needle which is wrong for the material that you are sewing on. You will learn which needle size suits which material but before you do, check out the specialized charts. For example, a light needle of size 9 to 11 suits materials such as silk, chiffon or organza, while a size 14 needle is recommended for materials such as flannel or synthetic suede.
- Jammed sewing machine. This is a problem which appears quite often. When the sewing machine gets jammed, it will stop sewing. The only thing that you can do in a situation like this is to remove the fabric. Once the material is removed, make sure that you also remove all the jammed threads before you reintroduce the material. This will prevent other jammed threads issues.
As you can see, you only need a few tips and tricks in order to solve common sewing machine problems all by yourself, without any help.