Sewing machine repair; Some tips and tricks to repair your own sewing machine.

What to do before taking your machine in for the costly sewing machine repair.


Sewing machine repair can be expensive.  Seeing many people bring in their sewing machines in for repair, I have learned that many times just some basic maintenance can repair your machine without sending it in for repair. These things can easily save you time, money and future frustrations.


Rethread the machine.

The first thing to do is to completely unthread your machine, top, and bobbin.  Believe it or not, a lot of times just completely rethreading your sewing machine will fix issues.


Did thread catch in the tension discs?

If a rogue piece of thread is caught in the tension discs it will create some issues.  When the thread breaks, while you are sewing a piece of that thread, can get caught or even wrapped around inside the tension discs.  When the sewing machine is rethreaded that thread that is already in the tension discs will make the currently threaded thread not have the proper tension on it.


The thread needs to be in the sewing machine correctly.  Make sure the pressure foot is in the up position also when threading.  Also, make sure you can always see the take-up lever.


Bobbin threads

How is the bobbin thread wound on the bobbin?  Is it nice and tight or does it have multiple loops with loose and tights parts?  Is the thread in the bobbin going in the correct direction?  There is a right and a wrong way to put the bobbin in.


Is the bobbin thread in the tension part of the sewing machine?  Each machine rather it is a top loading bobbin or old style up under the bobbin compartment, there is a bobbin tension that the thread must go into.


How is the thread coming off the machine?

Is the spool of thread unwinding without getting caught or snagging on the spool cap or another part of the sewing machine?  Sometimes changing the spool position from vertical to horizontal can fix a problem.  The spool cap can cause the thread to not unspool correctly. In between the spool cap and the end of the spool is a place to watch and make sure the thread isn’t getting caught.

Thread snagging on the spool?

Another issue I have found is with threads getting caught in thread notch on the spool of thread.  Coat and Clarks makes a notch on the end of their spools to hold the thread.  Always make sure this notch is on the right side with you are threading your sewing machine with the horizontal spool holder.  With the vertical spool holder, you will want that notch to be at the top of the spool and not the bottom.  These two positions will make it a lot less likely for the thread to snag on the split notch on the spool of thread.


Could it be your needle?

Believe it or not, a dull needle can cause your sewing machine to not sew well. It can skip stitches or even push the fabric down into the machine allowing it to get caught bobbin compartment.  If there is enough fabric and threads bunched and caught you may have to take your sewing machine repair.


Are you using the correct size and type of needle for your sewing machine?  Singer needles are only for singer sewing machines.  You should use the correct needle according to the different type of material and thread you are using.  When using a thread that is too large for the eye of the needle it will create constant friction.  Because of this friction, it will make the thread start to fray and eventually break.


Always a good cleaning

When was the last time you did a good cleaning on your machine?  If your machine needs oiling, then oil all the parts per the manual. Taking apart the bobbin compartment and cleaning up any dust and snippets of the thread is always a good thing to do.    Therefore, a really good rule of thumb is to always clean your sewing machine after every project.  Another good practice is to clean in the middle of large projects.

The manual

Always check the manual whenever you have any issue with your sewing machine.  Your manual will also show you how to clean your machine properly and what basic maintenance should be done on a regular basis.  Many will have a troubleshooting section to help you do so basic sewing machine repair.


Keeping your sewing machine clean and maintained will keep it running so you can avoid paying for sewing machine repair.