Mini Sewing Machine Not Stitching at All – Causes & Solutions

Last Updated on 4 months by Sewingfeed

The mini sewing machine is a hand-held sewing machine that is used for small projects and repairs. It comes in many different forms and brands, with some featuring an electronic needle and others manual. This article will help you to improve the functioning of your mini sewing machine by identifying the most common issues and providing solutions.

Mini Sewing Machine Not Stitching at All

In this article, we will discuss some common problems with Mini Sewing Machines and their solutions so that you can easily fix them yourself without having to take your machine back to the store or contact the customer support team for help.

Why Is My Mini Sewing Machine Not Stitching?

The following are some of the most common issues why your mini sewing machine is not stitching properly.

The needle is bent or broken

If you have bent needles in your sewing box then it’s probably time to replace them. Bent needles will not sew correctly and may break unexpectedly as well. To check whether the needle is bent or broken, hold it up to a light source and look down at its length. If there is any visible damage to the needle (such as cracks in the shaft), then it needs to be replaced with a new one.

The bobbin case is not working properly 

If your bobbin case has been bent or crushed because of an accident with your mini sewing machine, then this will prevent your bobbin from working properly. 

To fix this problem yourself, remove the bobbin case from your mini sewing machine and straighten out any bent parts using pliers or tweezers; then reattach it back into place before testing it again by turning on the power switch and seeing if it works properly now.

Worn-out needle bar bearings (rare)

This would be a very rare cause for a non-stitching problem on a mini sewing machine. If your sewing machine is making a noise that sounds like it’s coming from the needle area, then this is probably your problem. The needle bar bearings are usually made of metal and are designed to rotate freely inside their housing. But after years of use, they can become worn down or lose their lubrication. 

Thread breaking

If your machine is not stitching at all, it could be because your thread has broken. To fix this problem, you need to check if there are any knots in the thread. If there are no knots and the thread is still breaking, then it might be time for you to replace the needle.

Too much or too little tension on the thread

Another reason why your sewing machine may not be stitching at all could be because of too much or too little tension on your thread. If there is too much tension on your thread, then it will cause bunching up under your fabric while sewing and if there is too little tension on your thread then it will cause breaking of your thread while sewing.

Thread Bunch Up Under the Fabric While Sewing

When sewing on a piece of fabric, if you notice that there are bunching up threads underneath it, then it could mean that there is too much tension on your thread. You need to adjust this so that it will not bunch up anymore.

How to Fix Mini Sewing Machine Not Stitching

It’s frustrating to have a sewing machine that doesn’t stitch. Fortunately, there are several ways to fix a mini sewing machine that isn’t stitching properly. The problem may be as easy as replacing the broken needle or adjusting the tension on the machine.

Fix the bobbin

Make sure your bobbin is filled correctly with thread and winding correctly onto the bobbin case. Your bobbin should have enough thread to wind around four times before it’s full. If it doesn’t have enough thread on it or isn’t winding properly onto its case then your machine won’t be able to stitch properly either.

Fix worn-out needle bar bearings

To check them out, take off the needle plate, remove the needle bar and then turn it upside down over a trash can so that any oil that comes out will fall into it. Then look at the bearings on both sides of the needle bar shaft with a magnifying glass or loupe (tiny magnifying) and see if they are smooth or rough. 

If they’re rough, they need to be cleaned up with emery cloth and then lubricated with sewing machine oil. If they’re smooth but oily (which is normal), just wipe them off with a rag until they’re dry; then put everything back in place and try again.

Replace the broken needle

The first thing you should do if your mini sewing machine won’t stitch replaces the broken needle. If you’re not sure how to do this, check your manual for instructions. However, if you don’t have a manual or if you can’t figure out how to replace it from the instructions, call a professional.

Use good quality thread

If your mini sewing machine has been working fine until recently, then it could be that you used cheaper thread than recommended in the manual. Check how much thread is left on your spool and see if it matches up with what’s recommended by your manufacturer. If not, buy a new high-quality thread and try again.

Adjusting the tension

The next thing you should do when your mini sewing machine won’t stitch is adjusting the tension on your machine so that it’s set correctly for each type of fabric you’re using at any given time. The tension is adjusted according to how thick or thin the threads are.

Check the throat plate

If your machine has a throat plate, check to make sure that it is installed properly. If there is a screw missing, or if the screw holes have become stripped, it could cause your machine to not stitch properly.

Clean the machine

It’s important to clean the area around your sewing machine often. Dust and lint can build up quickly, which can cause problems for your machine. If you have pets, there will be more lint and pet hair than usual in the area around your sewing machine. Cleaning this area regularly will help prevent some of these issues from happening in the first place.

Check the top threading

The top threading on most machines runs through a small hole near the needle plate in order to get back up into the bobbin case housing. Make sure that there are no obstructions in this area or else it could cause an error message or malfunction with your sewing machine’s top threading mechanism when trying to sew a seam line.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you adjust the tension on a mini sewing machine?

Why does my mini thread keep breaking? 

The upper thread tension of your machine could be set too tight. To adjust the upper thread tension, loosen the bobbin case tension knob on the back of the machine and then turn it clockwise to increase the tension and counter-clockwise to decrease it.

Final Words

The performance of your mini sewing machine is highly dependent on its parts: the needle, the bobbin, and the thread. Each one of these contributes to the overall stitch quality and performance of your sewing machine. So if you’re having problems with your mini sewing machine, try swapping out these parts. Good luck

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