What To Do When You Think Your Sewing Machine is Broken


You’re in the middle of an extremely important sewing project. You’ve got one edge left to sew and the machine suddenly stops. Maybe it’s making a terrible sound or is not moving the way it should. Or maybe it shut off completely. Don’t panic just yet. There are a few things you can do in this situation.

Check Common Problems

There are a few problems that can commonly happen to sewing machine. It can be hard to know what has gone wrong while sewing. Many times it can simply be user-error, especially as a beginner. However, other times, the machine just needs some tender loving care and upkeep. Sometimes, the tension in your thread can be off and can cause it to get all bunched up in your fabric while sewing. A simple fix to this problem is to re-thread the machine. Then check to see if the problem still occurs. Another common problem is some stitches get skipped in the fabric while sewing. In this case, check your needle. It needs to be replaced quite frequently, so if it hasn’t be replaced, it could be bent or broken. If it’s not your needle, it could be user-error. Don’t force the fabric through the machine. It needs to be guided through at an even pace. It’s also important to use high-quality materials to avoid other problems. You might also just need to clean and oil your machine.

If It Really Is Broken

If your machine still isn’t functioning properly, you could watch a million YouTube videos about how to fix it or you might consider taking it to a repairman. There are many good local companies that specialize in sewing machine repairs and inspections. They are usually very efficient and affordable as well.

Work on Other Projects

If the project you were working on when your machine broke is extremely time-dependent, then you might consider using a friend’s machine or renting one from your local craft stores.

However, if it’s not extremely imperative that the project gets finished right away, there are other things you can do while your sewing machine is lovingly getting repaired by your friendly local repairman. There are many projects that can be sewed by hand. They are more time consuming but it will help you brush up on that skill for times like these! Another great thing to work on is a quilting project. These projects require a lot of prep time before any sewing actually happens. You can shop for the fabric you like, cut out squares and designs of all kinds of materials for both sides of the quilt. You can set it all out and cut the batting for the middle. This can take just enough time for you to get your sewing machine back and get to work on finishing it. Besides sewing, there are a number of other crafty projects you can work on in the meantime. Get together with some of your friends and browse Pinterest for some ideas on creating a home decoration. If you have kids, you could also have some bonding time by helping them create a craft of some kind that keeps their minds engaged.

If you believe your sewing machine is broken, there are many things you can do before you have to panic. Try a few general maintenance tricks before taking it to a repairman. If it still isn’t working after you watch a few hundred YouTube videos, take it to your local repairman to get it fixed quickly and affordably. In the meantime, there are other fun projects you can work on while waiting to get it back.

Don’t panic. There are a few things to do if you think your sewing machine is broken.