Our master tech, Kimmy, is ready to help you here at Erica’s!
However, she may not need to.
Many of us look to ourselves as the problem if something goes wrong while we’re sewing. And a lot of the time, we’re actually right. Here are some things to check before you bring your machine in for service.
• Check your manual’s “troubleshooting” pages.
• Put in a new needle. Make sure it’s inserted correctly – all the way up, flat side to the back. Use the correct size and point for the fabric and thread you’re using.
• Completely re-thread the machine. With the presser foot up to make sure the tension disks are open, hold the spool on the spindle and pull the thread down into the tension disks and continue.
• Check the take-up lever. When beginning and ending, the take-up lever should be in the highest position (on computerized models, this is automatic). Be sure the thread is in the take-up lever.
• Re-thread the bobbin – be sure it’s evenly wound, not over-filled, or one color wound over another, and that it spins the right way in the bobbin case. Be sure it’s in the bobbin tension.
• Test all plugs and any extension cords.
• Use the correct presser foot for the job. A flat bottomed all-purpose foot will not ride over the raised, dense stitches of a satin stitch or buttonhole.
• Clean your machine thoroughly, and oil it if your manual says to.
• Check the hook and hook race (where the bobbin goes) for thread particles, bits of broken needles, scratches, and other damage.
• If fabric is not traveling under the presser foot, be sure the feed teeth are up.
• Tighten the handwheel release if there is one.
• Some machines will not sew if there’s a bobbin on the bobbin winder, so if you hear a whirring, check that out.
If none of this works, and you’re in our area, come in and let us help you!