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It can be very frustrating if your machine is not sewing properly. This guide is about sewing machine needle not catching thread.
This is a guide about when sewing machine thread keeps breaking. It is very frustrating to have the thread on your sewing machine constantly break.
The reason that the needle will not move on your sewing machine may be due to a jam or a broken part. If you are unable to fix it on your own, it may be time to take it to a shop.
"Little problems with the sewing machine can be very irritating and time consuming. They can happen to even the most experienced seamstress.
The next time you have machine troubles, check this list to see if you can determined the cause of the difficulty and correct it. It may save you a service call and save you time as well. If you can't correct the trouble, it is wise to seek professional help." - College of Agriculture and Home Economics New Mexico State University
If your sewing machine slows down when you are using it, you probably have some friction being caused in the mechanism somehow. A sewing machine that slows down will most likely need to be taken in for repair.
Sometimes a jammed machine can be fixed at home, without the need for taking it in to a shop. First remove thread, bobbin case, and needle if possible. Check to see if there is a wad of thread or lots of lint and clean.
Some problems with a sewing machine can be repaired by the crafter or seamstress. Certain issues simply need an adjustment made to correct the malfunction.
Sitting down to work on an embroidery project only to have your machine not stitch is extremely frustrating. This is a guide about what to do when a Singer embroidery sewing machine keeps freezing up.
Kenmore sewing machines are generally pretty reliable but if your has stopped working it may need to be repaired or replaced. If your Kenmore sewing machine won't run it could be a variety if issues preventing it from working.
These vintage machines imported in the late 1950s from Japan were well made and can still be found stitching away in many homes. This is a guide about repairing a Nelco sewing machine.
Even with power to the sewing machine light and controls, it is possible for the foot pedal to not work. This may be repairable or you might need to buy a new one.
If you have even attempted to repair your sewing machine, you may have had the unfortunate experience of being unable to put it back together again. This is a guide about putting my sewing machine back together.
Certain sewing machine repairs require removing the hand wheel, such as when replacing the belt. This is a guide about removing the hand wheel on a sewing machine.
If the bobbin is not winding on your sewing machine, you will need to get it repaired before you can continue using the machine. This is a guide about bobbin not winding.
Before you take your broken machine to a repairman, you may be able to fix the problem yourself. This is a guide about repairing a Toyota sewing machine.
Sometimes when making repairs to your sewing machine a part will come loose and it can be difficult to reinstall it. This is a guide about replacing a spring on a wards sewing machine.
Keeping your sewing machine in good working order sometimes includes the need for repairs, which can be costly. Certain repairs can be done at home. This is a guide about repairing a Good Housekeeper sewing machine.
Turning on the power switch on your sewing machine should not start it running and stitching. This guide contains some things to check if you experience this issue with your machine.
It is frustrating to have your machine get stuck in a stitch mode and be unable to set it to another. This is a guide about sewing machine stuck in buttonhole mode.
Troubleshooting the electrical problems with your sewing machine may be something you can do yourself, depending on your skills. This is a guide about sewing machine has no power when plugged in.
This is a guide about sewing machine won't sew in reverse. It can be very frustrating when your sewing machine is not working properly. It may be time to take it in for repair.
This is a guide about sewing machine presser foot stuck up. Sewing is impossible if the presser foot on your machine is stuck up.
This is a guide about a sewing machine stuck in reverse. Right in the middle of sewing the machine gets stuck in reverse.
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My machine would not sew, so I opened it up dusted and oiled it, now it only moves at a snail pace. Help?
By Pat A
I teach sewing here in Scotland, and do some repair-refurb on vintage machines. Your problem sounds as though it could be in the foot control - a fraying wire, 'gummy' connection or loose wire. But it could also be in the machine where the connection is made between foot control and machine. Only a trained tech will be able to quickly and relatively inexpensively determine the problem and solve it.
This really isn't a home sewer DIY. You could spend a lot of money replacing the foot control only to continue having the same problem. The best thing to do is take your machine (and foot control) to a qualified repair tech. Be sure to get an up-front estimate, and ask what a total servicing would cost, too. You'll be amazed at how well your machine sews after a proper servicing, and a good tech will give you a heads up regarding developing failures.
Word of warning - vintage sewing machine parts can be difficult to source no matter what country your machine is sewing in. Many of us techs use salvage parts we find on jumble and car boot (flea markets in the US) sales. The trouble is these parts wear out quickly, and as we can never be sure of the conditions these parts laboured under with the original machine owner, we can't vouch for the longevity of the part.
Some parts are universal (but not many) and are 'new-milled', making them a lot more reliable and a lot more expensive. Hard to find, too - a good repair tech will know where to find them, and will tell you if the replaced part is new or salvage - if he/she doesn't say, be sure to ask!
I can look at a machine and on the spot be able to advise my students if the machine is worth fixing or should be replaced by a comparable new model machine that comes with the bonus of being under warranty.
The only vintage machines worth keeping forever are the old treadle and hand crank models as those parts last centuries - I have several:)
If the machine is a 'modern vintage' (meaning it was built in the last half of the 20th century or early part of the 21st) and runs on electricity) your gran sewed your christening-graduation-wedding dress on, you may be willing to keep 'er running no matter the cost, but for the most part, after a certain point it's best to make that a display piece and buy a modern machine for reliability.