How To Repair Sewing Machines At Home

Fix the Most Common Sewing Machine Issues.

By Gunjan Mehta | Updated 06/08/21
How To Repair Sewing Machines

So many of us enjoy the hobby or profession of sewing. You might even have several machines in your craft room and garage, but what happens when one breaks down? Do you head to a local sewing machine shop to buy repairs for your broken machine?
To save yourself time and money—consider repairing this at home! Here are some tips:

Change the needle.

Sewing machines need a new needle every so often to ensure that the machine is working smoothly. This can be accomplished with just two simple steps, like replacing an old rusty or bent needle for a fresh one and disposing of the old one in order to maintain your sewing power!

One way you could avoid having problems with your sewing machine would be by simply changing out needles at least once per year. You’ll want it still has some life left when making those important final stitches on any project; otherwise, what’s really the point?

The machine is too loud.

A fishing line is not a single, continuous strand but rather many individual threads. If the lines are tangled up and you don’t know which one to try first it’s best to start by untangling all of them at once so they’re organized for later use. You can remove screws if there are any that seem loose in order to fix or replace anything needed before casting off again into the open waters.

Threads are constantly getting tangled during sewing.

Sewing machines are great but can sometimes be tricky. One common problem is that the thread gets jammed and tangled on top of the sewing machine’s plate, below which a needle moves up and down to make stitches or holes in fabric being sewn together. To fix this issue it seems like all you have to do is lift your pressure foot lifter so that there will be enough room for rethreading from underneath- easy

Lint within the feed dog.

Washing your sewing machine is the best way to prevent it from becoming a breeding ground for lint and dust. The next time you feel like taking up some crafting, grab an old washcloth or dishrag with soap (or use fabric softener) before giving it a good scrubbing all over!

In order to avoid sewing machine problems, it is important that you clean your machine on a monthly basis. Cleaning the teeth inside with a brush will keep lint and dust from blocking them and causing jams.

While sewing, the needle snapped.

The fabrics you work with determine the appropriate needle size. For example, silk and chiffon need a small-sized needle while denim should be sewn by using needles of 16/18 sizes.

The type of fabric is very important when choosing what kind or size to use for your sewing projects as it dictates which will provide better results in terms of efficiency and quality if not done correctly!

Some fabrics are made for tough duty and require a needle of the same caliber. Needles come in different sizes, from 8-18 with most needles being 16/18s. For lighter fabric like silk or chiffon use an 18  needle to make sewing go smoothly but if you’re using denim then the best size is a 12!

One can only use thread that matches needle size, so if you need to make large stitches with a heavy thread, or tiny stitches with a light thread, then you cannot do one stitch with the type of thread that does not match the needle.


In the world of sewing, an embroidery machine is a necessity. But all too often you will find yourself in need of troubleshooting to keep it from breaking down or being tough and unresponsive when stitching through heavy fabrics.

The more you sew, the more often your machine will need to be cleaned and lubricated. But regular maintenance can save you a lot of time in the long run–and stop annoying problems before they start!