When you are learning a new skill, a mistake or two is inevitable. Sewing for beginners can be disheartening as your imagination and taste greatly outpace your actual skills. Not to worry, even the most skilled seamstress can fall victim to the dreaded skipped stitch or broken needle, or what is possibly the most annoying of all sewing machine headaches: the machine “eating” your material.

We have all been there. Here are a few things you can do to prevent this from happening.

Thread properly 

Sometimes a problem can seem like a big deal, but the solution could be incredibly simple. Try re-threading everything once more. Sometimes a thread can get caught somewhere and cause havoc.

Covering the stitch hole 

When you start sewing, make sure the fabric edge covers the hole in the stitch plate. If the material only partially covers the whole, it will be pulled below with the first downward movement of the needle.

Height compensation tool 

Use the height compensation tool to ensure that the fabric is well transported right from the start. The height compensation tool is the small plastic plate with different heights. You can find more information about this handy tool in the manual of your sewing machine.

Pay attention to the needle/thread/material relationship 

Finally, ensure that the correct needle/thread/material ratio is maintained. For thin fabric, a size 70 needle is sufficient; thicker material can tolerate a size 90 needle.

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