Thread Mess “Yanking”

Q: I was changing threads in my sewing machine and the thread got stuck inside the machine when I was pulling it out. I tried to pull it out but the thread broke inside my machine. Will this hurt my machine? Do I need to bring it in for service? A: Oops! You made one...

Thread Mess “Needles”

Q: You often mention that we should change our needle after every garment or project. Aren’t you just trying to sell more needles? A: I am trying to sell more needles, but only because the needle is the part of your sewing machine that works the hardest, and...

Feeding the Fabric

Q:My sewing machine is not feeding the fabric like it should. The stitches are very small regardless of how I set the stitch length. A: Nine times out of ten, this problem is due to lint buildup in the feed system. Here is what you should do: Remove your presser foot...

Skipping Stitches

Q: My sewing machine is not making a good stitch. It is “dropping” stitches. What can I do to prevent this? A: First of all, we need to determine if this problem happens all the time, or just with certain fabrics. Let’s first assume that this problem...