A Jaycotts Blog post by Alex Jaycott
I asked Jaycotts about troubleshooting Sewing machines as we all have problems from time to time and we don't always know where to start to sort it out.
The biggest issue we encounter is mis-threading of the sewing machine
What do you mean by that Alex, what should we be doing? Angela
So, even though it looks as though the bobbin thread is at fault, that is not always the case? Angela
Yes, I am guilty of that. So, assuming my top thread is correct, and I still have a problem, how do I check the bobbin area? Angela
And others which have a top loading bobbin.The Brother sewing machines for example
before doing anything, always refer to your manual for your specific machine instructions. The bobbin case needs to be removed and checked for lint and bits of thread, so give it a clean out before putting it back together again.
Thank you Alex, I must admit that I keep my manual handy and constantly refer to it, but some people don't I believe.
What about the tangle of thread I sometimes get when my fabric gets stuck too? What causes that? Angela
So what you are saying is that the foot should be in the raised position when threading the machine and only lowered in order to thread the needle? Angela
Ah, thank you, that explains it. My embroidery machine will not operate or do anything unless the foot is in the correct position.
Can you tell me if thread is important or not, because good quality thread is expensive Angela
So, I shouldn't buy the cheap thread I see around? Angela
Definitely not! Alex
Fuzzy thread can cause poor stitching, poor or inconsistent tension (you can even see differences from one stitch to the next), and can leave more lint inside your sewing machine that quality thread does. It’s even more noticeable with dark colours like black and navy blue! You can actually see the thick and thin spots of these threads caused by the fibers and the build up of dye.