Quick Trouble Shooting Reference
How many times have you wished for this list? All your trouble shooting questions answered in one place!
10 check points list:
If you have skipped stitches this is what you check:
- If the skip is to the left check the needle position.
- If the skip is to the left and right but not front to back check the X encoder.
- If the skip is front to back but not left and right check the Y encoder.
- If the skip is “every which-a-way” then the foot is too high.
- If the skip is left and to the back then check the needle to hook relationship.
- If the skip is located near the front roller, only check the cord that is tugging on the encoders and lifting it.
If you have loops on the underside of your stitching this is what you check:
- Check to see if your foot is up.
- Check your threading path by rethreading and make sure the thread is really in the tension assembly.
- Check to see if the bobbin thread is pulling down too hard or is tangled.
- Tighten the tension assembly to pull up the thread.
- Test your adjustment by sewing a figure 8 and rechecking the problem.
If you have loose threads on the top of your stitching this is what you check:
- Check your threading.
- Check the check spring on the tension assembly.
- Check the bobbin to see if it is threaded correctly.
- Check the bobbin to see if there is tension on the thread.
- If the thread is slippery and the tension cannot grip it, thread through all the guide holes.
- Check top tension and loosen up a little.
If you have the bobbin thread coming up to the top this is what you check:
- Check the bobbin thread to see that it is threaded right.
- Check the bobbin thread to see that it has the correct tension on it.
- Loosen up on the top tension.
If you are bumping into the seams this is what you check:
- Check the “hop” setting on your machine (requires tools and manual.)
- Check the foot height on your machine.
If you feel a tug or bump when moving your machine this is what you check:
- Check for fuzzies or thread on the wheels.
- Check for seams in the frame and adjust.
- Check for cords that are pulling on you and zip tie up.
- Check the fabric on the frame for threads hanging and catching on carriage.
- Don’t confuse bumps with hesitation in encoders.
If your rollers won’t stay tight this is what you check:
- On the wooden frames, make sure you’re not missing the washers next to the wood in the ratchets—once you get the washer in there you can tighten the nut and the ends that are in the poles will tighten.
- On the wooden frames, double check the slant of the gear teeth matching the slant of the ratchet dogs—flip gear over if needed.
- On the metal frames make sure that your ratchet adjustments are correct and that springs are working.
- Double check the ends that are secured in the poles.
If your machine won’t respond to any button this is what you check:
- Check all your power cords to see if you have power.
- On machines with separate lights, you can check power by turning on the light.
- Check the fuse.
- Change the power cord and see if it is a bad cord.
- Call in to a tech if you just cannot find the power issue because a main board might be out.
If your machine wants to roll away from you this is what you check:
- Level your machine.
- Check to see if the carriage is lined up.
If the thread keeps breaking this is what you check:
- Check to see if it is old thread.
- If the thread shreds and then breaks the foot might need adjusting.
- If the thread shreds it might be getting pinched so check needle adjustment.
- If the thread shreds it might be the twist of the thread so loosen up on tensions.
- If the thread snaps and doesn’t shred then check the needle position.
- If the thread snaps and doesn’t shred check for a bur on the needle.
- If the thread snaps and doesn’t shred much then check for a bur or scratch on the throat plate.
- If the thread snaps and doesn’t shred much then check for a bur in the hole in the thread plate—probably have to take it off to see.
- If you cannot even go 10 stitches and it breaks the needle is in backwards.
- If you can go for 24 inches and it breaks then you are probably building heat in the needle and you are using a man made thread that is heat sensitive-change threads.