Sewing machines are notorious for jamming at the most inopportune times, like the day before Christmas. What do you do when you need to put the final touches on your gifts and you are quickly running out of time?
First of all, take a deep breath. Stressing about this will only slow you down when you need to get your Juki TL2010Q quickly working again. Remember not to force the machine since you risk causing even bigger problems if something breaks. Refer to the easy tips below for getting Juki sewing machines unstuck so you can get your projects finished just in the "saint" nick of time.
1. Check the Needle
A bent, broken, or dull needle is one of the more common reasons why you may have a thread jam and a sewing machine that does not stitch properly. This is also the easiest problem to check. If there is any question about the condition of the needle, switch it out for a new one and try again. If the problem persists, continue checking for other common problems.
2. Check the Thread Tension
Improper thread tension is actually the most common cause of jamming with Juki sewing machines; however, fixing the problem involves a bit more attention than simply switching out a needle. If you see a mess of stitches on the underside of your fabric, it usually means the upper thread is not tensioned properly.
Clip your thread and remove any jammed threads. Next, rethread your machine with the presser foot up. Adjust the thread tension on your Juki TL2010Q according to the user manual and try stitching again with some scrap fabric. Keep adjusting the tension until the stitches are even and the jamming has stopped.
3. Check the Thread
Sewing machines may also jam not because of poor quality thread. Cheap thread often sheds a lot of lint which can clog the underside of your machine. It can also have tiny knots that affect stitching. It may be more brittle and break more often than better quality thread.
When it comes to the thread you use, the truth is that you really do get what you pay for. Switch your thread to a higher quality brand and see if it helps.
4. Check Under the Needle Plate
When the feed dogs are not working properly and you have a jam, open up the needle plate and clean the underside of your machine. This symptom is usually caused by lint in the feed dogs, preventing them from functioning properly.
Lint can also interfere with the bobbin, preventing it from unspooling correctly. Clean your machine carefully with a brush, tweezers, and some compressed air; then try sewing again.
5. Rethread the Entire Machine
Sometimes all you may need to do is to rethread your machine. Whether you do this right away or decide to try some other options first, make sure you use high-quality thread and carefully install the thread according to the user manual. Begin this process with the presser foot up so the tension discs are loose until the foot is lowered again. More often than not, this will take care of the problem.
Before you decide to give up and wonder if you need a replacement gift at the last minute, try the above tips for correcting sewing machines that jam. On the off chance these methods do not work, you will probably need to call a repair shop experienced at working on Juki sewing machines. In most cases, you should have little difficulty figuring this problem out and getting back to finishing those Christmas gifts on your Juki TL2010Q!