5 Common Sewing Machine Mistakes Beginners Make


Needles are so important.

 Problems with them can be invisible but ohhhh they can really mess up your sewing karma.

 Bad stitches, poor tension, looping threads, pulling fabrics, breaking threads are just a few of the problems that can link back to a bad needle.

My sewing law is at the first sign of a problem -change the needle before messing with anything else.
Print off this schmetz-needle-chart for the best advice on the right needle for the right job.


Starting to sew with the presser foot up!!!

Yup everyone has done this.

It makes a lovely spaghetti tangled mess that needs cleaning out, always make sure every thread is removed from under the spool feed area.

It can also cause the needle to bend and become burred.

Re thread and double check foot is down until it becomes second nature.

5 common sewing machine misakes


Using the wrong machine foot for the task at hand.

It can feel intimidating at first looking at all the specialist machine feet available. 

You only really need a few, and once you learn how to use them your finishes will be professional, you will save time and it will be far less stress for you.


Using poor quality or old thread. / fabric

 Avoid the 5 reels for a $1 bin unless they are named makes and do not look sun faded!

Modern 120 gauge polyester will do for a wide range of fabrics, however, be aware one thread does not suit all fabrics.

Needle size, fabric type and thread type are all interconnected for the correct thread tension.
Cheap fabrics can be a bargain or a nightmare… always pre-wash your fabric and remember its often cheap for a reason, if you are prepared to work hard don’t let your project down with terrible quality materials.


What does this button do? Oh #*!#

Sometimes a beginner sewer buys a modern computerised sewing machine that is a little too advanced for your current skill level.

Hopefully, you will grow into it, but it can also be like buying an advanced racing car to learn to drive in.

Read the instructions and be aware of the basic settings – take a photo on your phone of the display screen before you get busy pressing buttons!

Write down what you have changed if you are an impulsive button presser!

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