How Do You Restart The Sewing Machine That Is Stuck

The most common complaint from buyers of a brand new Singer, Necchi, or Pfaff is that their sewing machine ceases to function. In this situation, many believe the machine is not working properly and then return it to the vendor. Most of the time, the issue is not with the machine it’s in the thread under it which has become caught and stuck within the machine. Sometimes, the thread is broken constantly and it is impossible to continue working. Perhaps the needle is broken.

These are minor issues that can be encountered frequently. Let’s look at how we can fix them, but also ways to prevent them from happening.

How do you restart your sewing machine: most common issues

Here are the most frequently encountered issues for people who use machines for sewing. If you glance at our video below there are seven issues that you can solve, however, if you’ve very little time to study these, we’ve compiled them into four:

In the event that any of these issues occur, there’s no reason to bring your sewing machine to get repaired or to take it back from the vendor. Simply follow the steps listed below.

1. What Do You Do When Your Sewing Machine Has Been Blocked?

When the sewing machine is unable to sew and the fabric fails to feed, and the stitches do not stitch, typically:

  1. A thread that isn’t suitable for the fabric too thick or thin or even of poor quality is used.
  2. There is a problem with the bobbin’s case, maybe the thread has been damaged or become tangled. Or the bobbin has become suffocated with dust and fabric scraps
  3. You simply stretched the fabric too much


  1. Make sure you use threads of the correct thickness and of good quality. You should avoid buying threads in packs in which you can get 100 spools of thread for 1 euro.
  2. Make sure the bobbin is checked and make sure you ensure that the thread is threaded correctly.
  3. Do not make the fabric stretch too much allow the sewing machine to be the one to carry it

2. What Should You Do If The Thread On The Under Side Of The Machine Is Knotted

The thread on the bottom is usually stuck due to a variety of reasons. For those who are more distracted, they can simply start sewing and not lower the foot. They might forget to put in the fusible. Sometimes, it’s simply a distraction.

  1. the bobbin has become dirty
  2. you are using yarn that is of another type
  3. The thread on the top is not correctly threaded

The solutions here are quite simple:

  1. The bobbin is prone to accumulating fabric dust or small pieces of yarn. To keep the wire from getting caught you must keep the bobbin clean
  2. A common sense rule of thumb is to employ the same thread, with the same brand, and the same quality for the seams on the top and bottom. If threads get tangled, it is due to threads of different thicknesses being employed, one thin and one that is thicker. Also, yarns are made of various fibers like synthetic and cotton.
  3. If the thread on top is not tight enough, when the needle gets into the fabric and is caught by the thread on the bottom it will not expand as much. After stitching around 10 to 20 stitches the thread becomes tangled beneath the bobbin. To resolve this issue you can simply alter the tension of the upper thread to the right amount. For details on how to do this, refer to the article we wrote regarding Machine Sewing: How to Utilize a Sewing Machine.

3. What Should You Do If The Sewing Machine Thread Breaks?

The thread on the upper end of the machine may be broken due to various reasons.

  1. The machine was not threaded properly.
  2. The tension you set for the thread is too tight, which means that when the needle is dropped into the fabric, the thread will stretch too much and rupture.
  3. you’re using too much wire
  4. The needle was wrongly inserted or damaged
  5. the thread is wound around the pin on the spool.

Here’s how you can resolve this issue:

  1. Thread the sewing machine once more. Learn all the steps within our guide on How to Thread the Sewing Machine
  2. adjusts the tension of the thread to the default amount of “4”
  3. Make use of threads that are thinner
  4. Check the needle. Does the flat end of the needle point toward the back? In the event that it was placed in the reverse direction, take it out and insert it the correct other way around. Does the needle have a straight edge? Does the needle’s tip remain intact? In the event that it’s damaged, you must replace it
  5. If the thread has been wound around the pin of the spool remove the spool and pull out the tangled thread, and then wind it back on the spool

4. What Should You Do If The Needle On Your Sewing Machine Has Broken

It’s a common occurrence and prompts many to contact a technician to return the machine or do whatever. The needles that come with top-brand sewing machines are top quality. We suggest you make use of them, and then make sure to replace them only with brand-name needles. However, even the finest needles can break. Sometimes, it’s not dependent on the needle’s quality for a reason, but it might be because:

  1. The wrong diameter needle selected
  2. the needle was inserted in a crooked manner
  3. The needle isn’t suitable for pressing a foot

To stop that the needle breaks:

  1. Always pick needles that have smaller diameters for thin fabrics and more thick ones for thick fabrics.
  2. Always ensure to ensure that the needle is straight prior to beginning sewing. If the needle is placed a bit off-center it is perfectly normal for it to break.
  3. Always match the correct needle to the correct presser foot. For instance, if employ a needle for quilting with an embroidery foot, it is evident that your needle is going to get thicker or become stuck.

Restarting a machine stuck in a seam is typically simple. In this article, we’ve provided you with the information you need to resolve the most commonly encountered issues. If you are unable to identify the best solution for your specific sewing machine model, refer to the manual. Be sure to contact the technician, it’s worth trying to resolve the issue yourself.

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