Even for the best of sewing machines, breaking down is not a new occurrence and it’s something you should expect at some point in time. However, some of the problems you are likely to encounter might not need an expert to rectify and you can handle them yourself with a little bit of guidance and keenness.
According to some sewing machine reviews, some of the most common problems include skipping stitches, breaking needles and bunch threading. Before engaging in a DIY repair process, it is important to diagnose the problem and know what you are dealing with. In the worse situation, the sewing machine might fail to work but this rarely happens not unless the power cables aren’t connected properly and the power in switched on not only on the wall socket but also the machine itself. So, what are the common problems and how do you repair them?
Stitch skipping or lack of evenness
Reading a number of sewing machine reviews, one of the main complaints you get from many users has to do with stitches skipping or coming out unevenly. If you come across this problem, you shouldn’t panic as it is not new. Most likely this could be caused by a broken, damaged or bent needle. As such, you should check the needle and see whether there is need of replacement. If any of these has happened, just replace the needle.
The problem could also arise from how you pull your fabric while stitching. If you are used to pulling from behind so it can go through the machine, the most likely scenario is that you’ll get unclean stitches and most likely destroy your machine. This practice forcefully feeds the fabric to the sewing machine thus coaxing the feed dogs to move away from your needles while sewing the stitches.
Another common problem you are likely to get is that of the threads bunching under the fabric. In such cases, the stitches appear straight on the top of the fabric but form a bird’s nest on the bottom. This is caused by a lack of tension on upper thread and you can resolve this by rethreading the sewing machine by raising its presser foot lifter. Doing so will allow the tension mechanism to pick up the thread. Additionally, you can raise the needle and the receiving lever to its highest position but check the user manual so as not to exceed the limits.
Needles breaking frequently
If your sewing machine is breaking the needles frequently, then there must be a problem that needs to be sorted out. In most cases, this could be happening if you are using the wrong needle sizes (either smaller or bigger than you should be). As you can see, this is not a major problem and you should only know which needle sizes are appropriate for the fabric you are using. On the other hand, you should also make sure that you are using the right kind of a needle with your sewing machine. There are three types of needles including wedge point, ball point and regular point. Always make sure to buy and use the right type for your sewing machine.
In addition, you should make sure that your machine is maintained properly as this will guarantee prolonged usage without breaking down. Some of the maintenance tips include: –
- Regular cleaning
- Threading of the machine
- Lubricate your machine regularly
You should check your sewing machine manual and make sure you follow the steps given in order to achieve optimum results. Finally, always check to see whether the sewing machine of choice has a clear manual which will help you. many sewing machine reviews normally fault different machines for lacking helpful manuals and this can affect the usage in a way.