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How to Troubleshoot Sewing Machine Problems

Do you have a sewing machine but aren’t really sure the best ways to take care of it, or fix problems when they inevitably arise? We all want to treat our machines well in order to get the best performance out of them, and to have them around for a good, long time! Doing routing sewing machine maintenance will definitely keep your machine running smoothly and will expand it’s lifetime!

I recently was given the chance to sit down and chat with someone who runs a service center for the Husqvarna Viking sewing machines and pick his brain for all the best ways to address sewing machine issues.

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HUSQVARNA SAPPHIRE 965Q

The more I use my HUSQVARNA SAPPHIRE 965Q machine, the more I love it!

Are you in the market for a new sewing machine? Is it time to upgrade? This is an amazing machine and I would definitely recommend it for any intermediate to advanced sewers/quilters. The machine has a lot of really great features specifically designed with quilting in mind.

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I’ve had this machine for just over a year and I really cannot say enough good things about it. Its a total workhorse and super SUPER user friendly. The automated features makes it so easy to use and it can go really fast if you want to sew quick, but of course, the speed is adjustable!

My most favorite feature that was an absolute MUST HAVE when searching for my machine was that I needed it to have an automatic thread cutter. This little feature really streamlines the process while piecing or quilting.

If you’re searching for a new machine, these are some other important features to look for (all of which are provided on the HUSQVARNA SAPPHIRE 965Q!

  • Clear bobbin cover, so you can see exactly how much thread you have left in the bobbin
  • Bobbin warning when it is getting low (because we don’t always remember to look!)
  • Quarter inch foot – an absolute necessity for any quilter!
  • Automatic thread cutter: this feature is amazing! When i stop sewing, I press a button to cut the threads, it sews a lock stitch and then trims the threads
  • Computerized machine
  • Decorative stitches for when you want to dress up a project
  • “Fix” option – allows you to sew in place at the beginning of a seam to lock the stitches in place so they don’t unravel

An extra feature that is unique to the HUSQVARNA machines is that it allows you to actually wind your bobbin without having to unthread the top thread on the machine. It’s so neat and a total time saver!

Whether you’re an experienced sewist looking for an upgrade or if you’re looking to dive into the wonderful world of quilting – you’ll definitely want to look into getting this machine. Be sure to ask me any questions you may have. I’m always happy to help and can’t say enough great things about my HUSQVARNA SAPPHIRE machine!

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Sewing Machine Maintenance 101

Raise your hand if you have a sewing machine or if you are considering buying one. OK, if your hand isn’t raised I’m not sure how or why you came to this site but chances are you are in the wrong place. This post is dedicated entirely to teaching you how to take care of your baby (er …umm “Machine”).

I grew up a HUSQVARNA VIKING fan. I took a class in high school where we had a class set of HUSQVARNA VIKING EMERALD 116 machines and then for my Sweet Sixteenth birthday my parents surprised me with a machine of my very own – the EMERALD 183 machine which I do still love with my whole heart!

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Last year I became a Husqvarna Ambassador and now use the mother of all quilting machines – the HUSQVARNA SAPPHIRE 965Q. This machine was designed and built with quilting in mind! It has so many amazing features that make all steps of the quilting process so streamlined and easy! Updated to add: HUSQVARNA VIKING has recently released an upgraded model called DESIGNER BRILLIANCE 75Q

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Quilt basics: What is a walking foot used for?

Did you catch my post last week about my favorite sewing machine feet? As a quilter there are a few that are just simply essential. Click here to read about all the sewing feet I couldn’t live without.

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I promised I’d tell you more about the Husqvarna WALKING FOOT that I love so much.

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Some might call it an even-feed foot, and others know it as the dual feed foot, it’s important to know that they’re the same thing and it is an absolute life saver!

While this foot didn’t come with my machine (the Husqvarna Sapphire 965Q), it is SO worth the extra cost. I didn’t even know these babies existed until about a year ago, and my life has forever been changed for the better. (…and I had been quilting for 4 years WITHOUT one.)

Have you ever tried quilting with a minky backing? It can be so tricky but is 100x easier with a walking foot.

Have you ever had a hard time sewing multiple layers together? The walking foot is your sure-fire solution. (especially when it comes to sewing on bulky binding on a quilt)

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Basically, how it works is that it replicates the feed dogs that are pulling the fabric through on the bottom, and pulls the top layer through simultaneously. The timing of it is perfectly matched up so that both the top and the bottom are squeezing all the layers of fabric and pulling them through with the same amount of force. It keeps the quilt from having the bottom layer pulled through and the top lagging behind. Absolutely genius!

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Now it’s your turn — If you’ve used a walking foot before, what’s your favorite sewing  task does it help you with the most?

For more straight line quilting tips, check out this video:

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Most-loved sewing machine feet

I’m so sorry it has been a while since you’ve heard from me on here!

If you follow me on good ol’ Instagram AKA “quiltstagram” as I like to call it, then you know I’ve been very busy the past few months. If you don’t follow along there, now’s your chance to find & follow: @homemadeemilyjane

Here’s a Quick life recap:

  • in November I bought a house
  • in December I graduated with my MBA
  • in March I got married
  • we spent the first weekend of April moving into the new house

It has been a total whirlwind but I really can’t describe how wonderful it is to finally be settled!

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Now I can devote all the hours I had been spending doing homework and planning the wedding into my favorite past time – QUILTING! Hold on tight, y’all because it’s about to get real quilty up in here.

Today I’m going to tell you about my favorite feet to use on my Husqvarna Sapphire machine, but if you scroll down to the very bottom of this post you can also find some wedding pics because it was a total dream and I really want to share it with all of you!

Alright let’s get to it: If you’ve been following along you know how much I LOVE my Sapphire 965Q. It makes sewing and quilting so easy, and really saves me time compared to my previous machine. I can do so much with it and I’ve really only barely scratched the surface of all the possibilities. Here are my favorite sewing feet:

  1. Quarter Inch Foot (every quilter’s necessity!)

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1/4″ Piecing Foot

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1/4″ Edge Stitching Foot

Quilter’s ¼” Piecing foot P” from Husqvarna — This sewing foot came with my Husqvarna machine and is ideal for quilting. The little red line is the ¼ inch mark. When piecing together quilts, having a consistent ¼ seam is essential. 10/10 highly recommend.

If you’re new to quilting, I’d suggest looking into getting a ¼” edge stitching foot. The edged foot comes with a little guide bar on the edge to help steer the fabric for you! Makes piecing a breeze!!

  1. Zipper Foot

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“Zipper Foot E” from Husqvarna — It’s perfectly shaped to allow your needle to get very close to the edge of what you’re sewing, whatever it may be!

When we first bought the new house, a sweet neighbor of my grandparents offered to GIVE me her patio furniture set, as she was about to move and didn’t need them anymore. I loved the set, but the cushions were about 15 years old, so I decided to reupholster them! The zipper foot on my Sapphire came in super handy for this endeavor! If you plan on putting in zippers or making piping – this is the foot for the job!

  1. Walking foot Screen Shot 2018-04-12 at 9.45.10 PMDual feed foot / walking foot / even feed foot – whatever you want to call it, it’s my best friend. This is the perfect tool for quilting the layers of a quilt together, and comes in especially helpful when you want to sew on binding to get it through all those layers nice and even without anything shifting! For my Husqvarna machine, this foot was sold separately; the part is item #920219096 and you can check it out here.

I didn’t actually find out that the walking foot existed until about 4 years into my quilting journey, now I really don’t understand how I ever lived without it. I hope to make a separate blog post just about this foot to give it the attention it really deserves.

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OK now it is your turn! Let me know in the comments what your favorite sewing foot is and WHY you love it so much! Bonus points if it’s not one I covered here.

Personally, I’ve been just itching to try the button hole foot but haven’t ventured into garment sewing in quite some time…

 

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My NOT SO Secret Sewing Tip!

My ~Not so~ secret sewing tip:

If you have ever used a sewing machine, I bet there’s a good chance it was once a very intimidating task. It can take many months of practice to fully feel comfortable with a sewing machine, so if you are just starting out – stick with it. I promise it’ll be worth it. If you’ve been sewing for years and are overwhelmed by the changes sewing machine companies are making, heres the perfect trick to getting over the nerves and becoming a master at your machine.

But first, a little backstory:

I received my first sewing machine for my 16th birthday. I was taking a high school sewing class at the time, and the machine I got was very similar to the models I was learning on at school.. I got very lucky! I learned on a Husqvarna Viking Emerald and it has been my right hand lady for the last 7 years, so when I started looking for newer machines, I gravitated to the newer, fancier, Viking machines. I’ve always loved the Viking products, and have found them very sturdy for the hours and hours of work I put them through.

A couple months ago I got a brand new upgraded machine – it’s a Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 965Q – a total beast of a beauty. This machine, while similar to my first, has many extra features, including auto thread cutters and auto adjusting presser foot. While at first the automation was startling and overwhelming, it has now become a really handy tool!

If you’re new to sewing, or starting on a new machine, or even just daydreaming about a new machine – there’s one super special secret ingredient in the recipe for sewing success with your new baby.

…….drumroll, please ……

READ THE MANUAL. Seriously, read it! I’m not joking here.

There are so many very important lessons I have learned this past month with my new machine, and many of them could have been avoided if I would have been more thorough in my studies before diving in. Here are a few things reading the manual can help you with:

  1. Bobbin type – did you know that it really matters? Make sure you are using the right type of bobbins. My new machine has awesome green bobbins that came with it… SO why on earth did I try THREE times with old bobbins before realizing the issue? (hint: it is because I didn’t read the manual)
  2. Reading the manual helps you know how to adjust your stitches (style, length, width, etc…). Different types of fabric and projects call for different settings on the machine. You can learn by trial and error, or save yourself the headache and just read for a little bit. Your call, I guess.
  3. Get to know your feet! My machine came with a buuuunch of new feet, so it is about time I actually learn what each one is used for!! Do you have random feet sitting around that you have no idea what they are used for? Here’s a little push of encouragement to go figure it out!
  4. Troubleshooting issues. What do you do when you have loose stitches, tension problems, threads breaking, or needle breaks? Reading your manual helps you not only better understand your machine, but it also helps you solve many issues as they occur! Here’s a secret: re-threading & switching the needle fixes the problem most of the time.

Ok now it’s time for your homework – find your manual and learn something new! Comment below what you learn!

Feel free to email me if you have any questions about my SAPPHIRE 965Q or about new machines in general! I’d love to help! If you have the Sapphire 965Q, heres the manual: CLICK THIS LINK TO BECOME A MASTER.

Happy Sewing, pals!