Sewing Machine Maintenance Made Simple

Some repairs do require the attention of a professional, but don't be intimidated. If you're attentive and careful you can do quite a bit of sewing machine maintenance yourself.

sewing machine maintenance - bobbin housing
The bobbin housing.
Duane Sommerfield
sewing machine maintenance - spool of thread
The spool's slot can catch and break the thread.
Duane Sommerfield
sewing machine maintenance - two needles
Insert the thread into the needle's slotted side.
Duane Sommerfield
sewing machine maintenance - tensioning spring
To inspect the area under the tensioning spring, remove the screw and rotate the spring a quarter-turn to the right.
Duane Sommerfield
sewing machine maintenance - stitching sample
Some samples of stitching from good to bad to worst. If you've adjusted the bobbin tension spring, and the stitching on the underside of the material has multiple small, irregular loops as in the top sample, you probably have the machine threaded incorrectly.
Duane Sommerfield
ewing machine maintenance - diagram identifying parts of a sewing machine
If you're going to attempt sewing machine maintenance, it helps to know the parts of a machine.
Illustration by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff

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