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Sewing machine repair

Sewing machine repair

Did your sewing machine break? Don't worry, there are a few things you can do to try to get it working again. Another option is to take it to a repair shop.

In this post I'm going to describe common problems with sewing machines and what you can do to fix them. I'll also give you an idea of what repairs may cost.

Don't get stressed out over these issues. You can fix them. You just have to be patient and not get discouraged. Sewing machines are generally very reliable, but problems do occur. If you're having trouble, you can always call the manufacturer and ask for help.

The light does not come on

You might have a problem where the guide light does not illuminate. This could be caused by a few problems. First, check that the machine is plugged in and it is getting power.

To check the power, try pressing the pedal. If there is power, you should notice that the needle goes up and down. If the needle does not move, then there is a serious electrical problem.

Now, if the needle does move, we know the machine is getting power. The problem is likely that the machine's bulb is burned out. Replacement bulbs are easy to find and inexpensive.

The only remaining question is how to get the needle to move. There are three ways to do this:

  1. Use a special electrical device that will allow the needle to move. The needle is usually located in a slot in the machine (usually on the right side of the machine).
  2. Modify the hanger hook to allow free movement
  3. Select a loose setting for the needle play rod

Pressing the pedal does not work

Brother sewing machine pedal
.Brother sewing machine pedal

So you're pressing the machine's pedal and nothing is happening. What do you do? Just like above, with the light problem, we need to determine whether the power supply is working.

Repeat the steps to check the power by operating the machine's bulb. If there is not power, replacing the pedal is not trivial.

To replace the pedal, you will need to remove the pedal, remove the plastic cover, and remove the pedal's cable from the casing. The cable is held in place by a small spring that holds the pedal in place. Remove the spring and slide the pedal out of the casing.

Never remove the cable while it is plugged in. This can cause damage to the pedal due to the electric currents. I always use a screwdriver to remove the cable. If you have a flat head screwdriver, you can also use it to remove the pedal cover.

The pedal is cracked

A common issue is that the machine works, but the pedal cracks under pressure. This can occur if you use heavy boots while sewing.

Replacing the pedal is easy if can find an exact substitute. In order to find a replacement, I search google for the model number. I found a replacement for the pedal and it was for $30.00 so I bought it. I was very impressed with the pedal and it is a great replacement for the original. I have not been able to find a replacement for it.

If you don't want to get a replacement, you can try to fix the crack with epoxy. I have not done this but I have heard of people doing this.I think the best thing to do is to replace the entire pedal. I bought a new one and I am very glad I did.

There is no telling how long an epoxy patch job would last. I know that my new pedal is good for at least a year. I hope this helps. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I am happy to help.

There is no power!

If neither the pedal nor the light come on, your machine might have a power issue. Unfortunately, electrical problems are the hardest to fix by yourself. You may need to find an electronics repair center.

Some electronic components, such as the power supply, may need to be replaced.

If you're looking for electrical components, you should look at local hobby shops. A variety of tools can help you, such as a socket wrench, a screwdriver, and a pliers. A digital multi meter is incredibly helpful when troubleshooting.

If you're looking for a good power supply, you should look at a reputable company like Black and Decker. Check the voltage and ensure it is operating between 3 and 5 volts.

When the machine is plugged in, you should be able to measure a constant current of about 10 amps. Resistance measured should be nominal.

My husband is an electrical engineer so he helps me a lot with these electronic issues.

The needle does not go through the fabric

If you are trying to sew, but the needle does not go through the fabric, your machine may not be the problem. Ensure that the needle is thick enough. Thin needles cannot puncture thick material like leather.

If a thick needle does not help, your machine may not have enough torque. Newer machines are much more powerful. If you are using a machine that is not a high-end machine, you may have to use a different method to tighten the needle. For example, pumping the pedal can give short bursts of energy with more needle-power.

If you cannot get the needle to turn, you may have a loose or damaged needle. If this happens, you may need to replace the needle. Brand new needles are generally sharper. I can use a needle for about 2 months before it starts getting dull.

The thread does not feed

Do you have a problem where the thread does not feed off the spool? You should check that there is not a knot in the spool.

If the knot is not there, the spool will not be able to spin the needle. To fix this problem, you need to cut a small hole in the spool. This will allow the thread to feed off the spool. Don't cut too much or there will be an issue. If you are not sure about the size of the hole, use a small hole punch. You can always make the hold larger.

Another great trick is to apply a little grease to the bobbin rod. White lithium grease is inexpensive and can help feed a stuck thread.

Smoke it coming out of the machine!

Brother sewing machine plug in electricity
.Brother sewing machine plug in electricity

If you see smoke or smell an electrical burning smell, you should unplug the machine immediately. If the electrical fire is not extinguished, you should immediately call a fire department. A fire alarm is key to ensuring that all of your equipment is safe.

If you are unsure whether the equipment is safe, contact the manufacturer for guidance. The only way to determine if the equipment is safe is to test it. Be sure to have water and a fire extinguisher nearby. What should I do if I think I have a fire?

If you think you have a fire, you should call 911. Stop drop and roll if the fire is not under control.

I can't fix it! Where can I get it repaired?

Modern sewing machines aren't the easiest for the do-it-yourself crafters to fix. That means most problems need fixed by professionals.

Finding a professional repair shop is not difficult. You should contact your local community department and ask for a list of local repair shops.

If you are unsure of the shop's quality then you can ask for reviews. You should also consider the type of repair you are looking for. You can ask for a quote for a complete repair or a partial repair. You can also ask for a quote for a particular part. Most shops are happy to tell you how many hours they will spend on a particular job.

You can also ask for a quote for a specific job. It is important to mention the job description and the type of job you are looking for.

Will a repair work?

There is no guarantee that a professional shop will be able to fix all problems. Some problems are just too hard to troubleshoot. For example, if the problem is in the circuit board, only the original manufacturer will have the circuit diagrams. It isn't possible to know which circuit has a problem.

In these cases, you'll either need to get a new machine, or maybe your machine will be under warranty. Most machines have a 2 year warranty. If your machine is still under warranty, you should definitely get it replaced for free. Contact the company that serviced your machine and ask them to send you a new one.

How much does a repair cost?

Typically, repairs in my area cost around $75. This is because shops charge $25 an hour, a repair takes 2 hours, and parts add another $25.

There are a few things that can be done to decrease the cost of repairs, but I don't think it's worth it. First, you can try haggling with your repair shop. If you can't get a good price, you can try to negotiate a price. The problem is that it may not form a good relationship with your repairman. If they don't want to work with you, they're not going to do a very good job.

The best price that I've ever gotten was for a $50 repair. This happened when I accidentally dropped my sewing machine. Multiple pieces were shattered. The shop needed to replace many pieces of plastic.

Other advice

Brother sewing machine logo
.Brother sewing machine logo

These list of problems aren't exhaustive. If you face other issues with your machine, please let me know. Tell me if you fixed it yourself, took it to a shop, or just got a brand new machine?

Getting a new machine is sometimes the easiest option!