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Sewing Machine Troubleshooting Guide

There are times even the veterans in the sewing world run into issues with a project or even with your favorite sewing machine and need help or information. No one is perfect, and there will be issues where a stitch was made in error or your machine jumps and causes a snag in your delicate fabric.

sewing machine troubleshooting guide

More times than I’d like to admit, I’ve had to get help with a few of these issues. Professionals and fellow seamstresses that I have known over the years have helped immensely, when it comes to getting good information and saving a project I would have thrown out without their help. I am now passing down all of these golden grains of wisdom for you to use.

There is no such thing as a mistake on a project, only an opportunity to revise and rework. If you are like I was when I first started out, this page will come in handy for the first of each kind of sewing project you undertake.

Thanks for finding this page, and I hope that if there is anything that you would like to know but cannot find here, you will contact and let me know. The point of putting information out there and trying to help everyone better their craft, is to get feedback and continue helping where it is needed.

Below are some of the things you can expect to find in the troubleshooting section articles. So choose an article to get started, and let’s see if we can revise and rework!


4 thoughts on “Sewing Machine Troubleshooting Guide”

  1. Hi im wondering if my brother matchine takes other difernt feet besides the ones you supply as i have bought several different feet that does diferent things for anstance the new shering foot i tryed to use this and my matchine isiint working properly since i just hope i havent damaged it could you tell me wheather im doing wrong.

  2. When sewing in a new zipper on our Model ML3023, Janome machine. The needle hits the “zipper foot” on the left side. No problems when sewing on the right side. Is this an adjustment problem. If so, what adjustment do I need to make.

    1. Crafty Seamstress

      Hi Judy. Thank you for your comment and so sorry that you are having that slight bugbear…I’m not really familiar with the Janome ML3023 but I’m guessing you already know this, just in case…Have you tried turning the balance wheel by hand to make sure the needle does not hit the presser foot before you start sewing. If you choose a different stitch, the needle will hit the presser foot.

      I found a manual for this model online and please let me know if you need one.

      Hope you find a solution to this problem and please do let me know if you have more questions.

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