Learning how to use sewing machines can be a lot of fun. The sky's the limit on the different projects that can be made using the Juki HZL-DX7 or other Juki models. Although using sewing machines is usually fairly easy to learn, sometimes simple things can go wrong. Read below about a few common errors that many beginners experience and how to easily remedy them to continue sewing.
One common problem that many beginners experience is the magically unthreading needle. Sewing machines are made to stitch, so it can seem particularly frustrating to start off and find out a few stitches later that the thread came out of the needle and nothing has actually been sewn. Remedy this problem by doing two things.
First, make sure the needle is all the way up at its highest point before starting to sew. Turn the handwheel until the needle is at its highest position and the little take-up lever at the top of the unit is up. Then make sure there is at least six or so inches of thread tail pulled back behind the needle. The thread should stay in the needle without issue once stitching has begun.
Tight Stitches on the Top
Machine sewing should result in stitches that are equally snug on the top and bottom of the fabric. When the stitches on top are exceptionally tight, check to make sure the upper section has been properly thread. Even the smallest error can result in the thread not properly feeding through the various upper, leaving irregular or tight upper stitches. A second issue could be that the thread tension is out of adjustment. Although Juki machines like the Juki HZL-DX7 rarely need to adjust the tension dial, follow the instructions in the user manual that came with the unit on how to properly adjust the tension if this is suspected.
There are several causes of uneven stitching that is tight on the top and loose on the bottom. The most common reason for this is a problem with the bobbin thread. Take out the bobbin from the bobbin case and reinsert it, ensuring that it is loaded into the case in the right direction and the thread passes through the grooves in the bobbin case. Usually the bobbin is inserted counter-clockwise for proper stitching.
In a few cases where the problem is not due to the bobbin, it could also be thread tension. Check the unit’s user manual on how to properly adjust the tension dial in those instances.
Another common problem that many beginners experience is the thread knotting up as sewing is beginning. To avoid this, there are a couple of things that can be done. First, ensure that both threads have long tails that have been pulled to the back of the sewing machine before beginning to sew. Then, be sure to start a few millimeters in from the edge of the fabric so the needle starts to stitch right into the fabric. Knotting occurs when the needle starts sewing but there is no fabric to pull the thread through.
Thankfully, these little issues that are frustrating for beginners who are just learning how to sew on machines are very easy to correct. So the next time the thread knots up or just seems to disappear when using Juki machines like Juki HZL-DX7, you will know exactly what to do. Most of the problems beginners experience have very simple solutions!