As frustrating as it can be, even the best sewing machine can run into some stitching problems. One of the most common issues in sewing machines is when your needle can't catch thread from your bobbin,
Well, not to worry, we've got your covered with our guide below that will explain how this issue happens and what you can do to fix it.
There are many reasons as to why your sewing machine might not be catching, some of the most common ones can be that your bobbin spindle is in the wrong position or that your needle has become dull.
To rule out bad tension, it could be best to rethread your top thread just in case and see if this fixes the problem. If your sewing machine is still not catching then don't give up, this problem could even be blamed on a dirty shuttle case or the position of the thread itself.
We have gone into some further detail below so as you can figure out why your sewing machine is not catching and a solution to the problem.
Above we have listed out a few of the common issues as to why your stitches are not catching, however, we have gone into some more detail below so as you can troubleshoot your machine and get to the root of the issue.
If your needle is installed in the wrong way and the bobbin spindle on top is in the wrong the position it can cause the thread to not catch, resulting in breakage.
You can fix this issue by following these steps listed out below -
If your thread tension is too tight then this could potentially cause your upper threads and lower threads to snap before they can join together and stitch. This issue can be easily fixed with the following steps below.
A dirty shuttle case can be a common reason for why your stitches are not catching, over time as you use your machine, it will likely build up with loose bits of lint and fabric that can get stuck under the throat plate of your machine or feed dog.
These blockages could cause the thread in your machine to run uneven, resulting in the thread not catching.
Not to worry though, you can solve this issue easily.
One of the last reasons why your stitches might not be catching on your sewing machine is down to its timing.
This issue can be caused if you make the mistake of turning the handwheel away from you rather than towards you when stitching, meaning it can then change the position of the gears and belt on your device.
Some fabrics can be very difficult to sew, with different finishes and shines, this can make it hard for your needle to catch on to the fabric, resulting in no stitches or your material being sewn unevenly.
Some thread can additionally be harder to stitch with such as; coat and singer, a low-priced spare thread will often not stitch well too and could be the reason as to why your stitches are not catching.
If you have a sewing machine then it's likely you will run into some other common stitching issues along the way.
"Basic stitching issues can be solved quick and easy and don't require professional repair."
We have put together a list of some stitching problems and how to solve them so as you can refer to this guide in the future if need be.
Nearly every sewer will have a stuck needle issue at some point, this usually occurs when your needle, fabric, and thread all get caught together.
This can result in a grinding noise and could even damage the machine, so you should turn off your machine immediately as soon as you suspect you have a stuck needle.
Sheer and silky fabrics can be very difficult to sew on a machine, some common stitching problems you can run into are seams under the needle of your machine or folds getting caught in the feed dog, this can cause frays and tears in your sheer fabric.
"Having to unpick stitches from your sheer and silky fabric can leave visible holes if done wrong."
Too high tension when stitching can mean your fabric puckers up or has uneven stitches, resulting in an unprofessional finish. This is due to the small amount of thread being sewn into the fabric from the high tension.
Too low tension when stitching can result in linked loops of thread on the fabric you are sewing, as well as weak and uneven stitches. You may also notice that the fabric is pulled towards the feed dog, this is all due to too much thread being stitched into the fabric (low tension).
Using an old needle can result in messy stitches and effect the overall finish of your sewn fabric.
Sewing over pins can ruin your needle and the stability of your stitches too.
If your machine is not drawing your fabric consistently it could be due to the feed dogs on your machine being worn down, making it hard to stitch neatly and causing issues with your fabric.
Another common stitching problem that many sewers run into is the unthreading of the needle when starting the machine.
This can become a huge annoyance and time waster if you don't know how to fix the problem, lucky however, there is a simple solution.
Overall, to conclude our little guide, your stitches might not be catching due to; the tension of your thread, the position of your thread, your machines timing and the cleanliness of your shuttle case.
Some other problems to troubleshoot could be the type of fabric and thread you are using as this can sometimes make it hard for your machine to stitch.
You should also make sure you are turning the handwheel the correct way to avoid making the thread in the machine stuck.
Luckily for you, most of these issues can be resolved pretty easily at home, and can normally be avoided with practice and by getting to know your machine and its settings.
We hope you can also refer to this post as a guide for other stitching issues you might come across in the future.
If you have time, let us know below what you do when your stitches aren't catching and why this occurs, so as we can solve more of these issues together.