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...

Repair and Service

Q: How often should I bring my sewing machine in for repair and service? A: There are two different philosophies on this subject. The first philosophy is “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. In this scenario, a person may use their sewing machine...

Hand-Me-Down Sewing Machines

Q: I am trying to encourage my granddaughter to sew and have given her my 30 year old machine to use. She does not seem to be interested, although she loves crafts and making things. How do I get her interested in sewing? A: It is very common for adults to give their...