Baby lock sewing machine troubleshooting

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At times, the smallest hitch can turn your stitch from being perfect to being a total mess. Many elements go into perfect stitching. One of the things that go into perfect stitching is a great sewing machine. One of the greatest sewing machines in the market right now is Baby Lock sewing machine.

However, even with a fantastic machine like Baby Lock, there are still instances when the machine may stop and you may need to troubleshoot it so that you can get the results you desire.

Here are a number of instances when your Baby Lock sewing machine may require troubleshooting.

Just like other machines, most of the Baby lock sewing machine problems have simple solutions that will not require you to visit the repair shop.

Before looking at how to troubleshoot a Baby Lock sewing machine, let us have a look at some of the most common sewing problems.

Skipped stitches

One of the most common reasons for the skipped stitches is that you are using the wrong needle for the type of fabric. One rule of thumb for stitching is that the ballpoint needle is for the knit fabric and the sharp needle is for the woven fabric.

In addition, when sewing, it is crucial to let the machine feed the fabric and not force the fabric into the sewing process, which may cause your needle to bend.

If your needle is bent, there are high chances of getting skipped stitches. Besides the skipped stitches, sewing with a bent needle is extremely dangerous as the needle may break while the machine is running.

Below are a few points to keep in mind concerning needles.

  • Fine needles are for lightweight fabrics and thicker needles for heavyweight fabrics
  • For embroidery, use needle 75/11
  • Use ball point needle for stretch fabrics in order to avoid skipped stitches
  • The bigger the needle number, the thicker the needle and vice versa
  • For heavier fabrics like denim and puffy forms, a 90/14 needle is ideal. A 75/11 needle may break or bend resulting in injury
  • 90/11 ball-point needles should not be used for embroidery as they may bend or break

Jammed Machine

Jamming is a very common problem when it comes to sewing machines. Baby Lock sewing machine can be jammed when the fabric is stuck between the needle and the machine stops working.

Therefore, the first step when your machine is jammed will be to remove any fabric you were sewing. To do this, gently tug at the fabric and then lift it up in order to snip the threads and then free the fabric from the machine.

After freeing the fabric from the machine, remove the bobbin, all the jammed thread, the throat plate and all other parts that may need removal so you can get the sewing machine running again.

To avoid jamming, make sure that the needle is not even slightly bent before you begin sewing as any slight bend of the needle can cause thread jam.

Noisy machine

Stop sewing if the Baby Lock sewing machine makes any unnecessary noise that catches your attention. In most cases, the noises are a signal that something is not right.

It may mean that something is jammed or rubbing. This can happen when you take long to clean and oil your machine. To avoid this problem, you need to regularly clean your Baby Lock sewing machine. Check the manual for directions on how to clean the machine as well as other information on routine maintenance.

It is important to keep in mind that most modern sewing machines cannot be oiled that same way the older machines were. So in order to avoid costly repairs, be sure to check your manual for directions and guidelines.


Thread breaking

Many people do not take into consideration the quality of the thread they are using for sewing. This is unfortunate since the quality d the thread goes a long way in ensuring a smooth sewing experience.

One of the effects of using a poor quality thread is breakage, which may result into a jammed Baby Lock sewing machine. Besides the quality of the thread, there are other factors, which may lead to the breakage. This may include the following:

  • A nick or a notch at the end of the pool that is designed to secure the thread’s end. To eliminate this problem, change the direction that the thread is feeding off the pool.
  • A new needle with sewn over pins may have a nick that may cause the thread breakage. Special threads have specialty needles with larger paths.

In case the thread still breaks even after checking out all the above possibilities, then you may need to thoroughly clean out all the lint and dust from the tension disks and the bobbin area.

Place your fingers over the path travelled by thread and run the fingers over the path looking for any kind of debris, burr or any loose fabric that could cause snags. To avoid malfunctions, never use a thread with a weight of 20 or less.

Basic steps to get your Baby Lock sewing machine back on track

The following are what you need to do in most cases whenever you encounter any problem with your Baby Lock sewing machine.

1. Clean the machine

Dust and lint can easily and quietly accumulate in the tension assembly and bobbin area so having you machine serviced regularly by a professional will go a long way. Be sure to clean the machine weekly if you use it daily, monthly if you use it once a week and after three months if you use it occasionally in a month.

2. Check needle and thread

As emphasized, it is paramount to use the right kind of needle and thread. Make sure that use a good-quality thread. Also, avoid using old threads even if they are of good quality. Threads have a shelf life, so keep your thread collection in rotation and store the threads away from direct sunlight and out of humidity.


Having said all this, the best reference for any problem you may experience with your Baby Lock sewing machine is the instruction manual that comes with your machine. The instruction manual has all the details concerning the right settings for your Baby Lock sewing machine and in addition, it may contain a troubleshooting guide.

5 thoughts on “Baby lock sewing machine troubleshooting”

  1. My baby lock sewing machine, keeps losing its tension, I just had it serviced 2 wks ago from the store, where it was purchased. This always happens when I am using a fancy stitch. Did I purchase a “lemon”, I have had nothing but problems, since my Purchase in July 2017.

    • Hey Marilyn!

      I am so sorry to hear that…

      I wouldn’t give up on it that fast, Maybe you should try and check that your bobbin setup is correct.
      With the time the machine needs some extra care.

      You might want to check out this article :
      Bobbin Problems

  2. My sister has a Katherine Babylock A-line series sewing machine
    Model BL210A
    She has not used the machine yet and She is retiring in December so for Christmas I would like to get her an assortment of thread because the thread she has is ANCIENT. I am totally challenged when it comes to seeing and would like to know what type and or brand of thread you would recommend. Thank you so much!

    • Hey Peggy!

      Choosing a thread brand can be tricky, especially these days when most of us can’t go and see it.
      The quality of the thread will impact her experience for the good or bad.

      When looking out for threads – make sure you read the reviews and you can buy 1-2 to test it out.. and if you like it then buy a whole set.

      If you want my honest opinion, I am using Simthread and really like it, I had close to no problems with it, and it feels and look great.
      You can check out the reviews here

      Have fun!

  3. I’ve had nothing but problems with my Babylock sewing machine I’ve done everything possible to troubleshoot it but nothing is working it’s only works like 3 times in total for me.. such a shame


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