There is nothing more frustrating than your precious sewing machine failing on you right in the middle of a project. It is even worse if you do not know what the problem is or what caused it. Although you can always refer to the machine's manual, the chances are high that you will not know how to approach the problem. Fortunately, repair technicians are readily available to assist you. However, it does not stop you from learning about glaring signs that your sewing machine needs repairs.
Immobile Feed Dogs
When sewing, feed dogs continuously move the fabric you are working on. However, if you notice that the fabric is not moving, the feed dogs could be stuck. Consequently, a needle will thread the same section several times, leaving you with a load of unthreading work. Several issues cause immobile feed dogs. For example, a sewing machine's settings might keep the feed dogs lowered. If it is the case, correcting the configuration will solve the problem. The other reason for stuck feed dogs is accumulated dirt and debris, but you can only confirm it by taking off the throat plate. Cleaning and dusting the feed dogs will get them working. However, if the feed dogs still do not work, there is a bigger problem with your sewing machine. Therefore, you need to call a technician to repair it.
Traditional sewing machines were, and still are, noisy because of all the moving parts. With technological advancements, manufacturers have continued to produce sewing machines that make less noise. For example, electric sewing machines hum gently during operation. Therefore, if you hear abnormal noise coming from your machine, there might be a problem. Even if the noise is subtle and sounds inconsequential, do not ignore it because it could later lead to bigger problems. Therefore, call a technician to open up the entire machine and look inside the appliance for broken parts.
Needle Breaks Frequently
Sewing machine needles vary in size depending on the application. If your needles keep breaking, you might be using thin needles on heavy fabrics. Therefore, it is essential to match needle size to the material you are working with. However, if your sewing machine still keeps breaking needles despite matching needle size to fabric, the problem could be a loose or broken needle clamp screw. The constant vibration of a sewing machine is the most common cause of the malfunction. A technician is well placed to tighten or replace a needle clamp screw.
Contact a local sewing machine repair service to learn more.