How to Unfreeze a Sewing Machine

How to Unfreeze a Sewing MachineDoes your sewing machine keep freezing? Are you unable to figure out how or why? Do you want to learn how to unfreeze it in just a few steps?

Well, I’m here for you!

Here, I’ll be telling you all about why your sewing machine freezes, how to prevent it from freezing, and, most importantly, how to unfreeze it all by yourself without any help.

So, let us get started without wasting any time.

Reasons your Sewing Machine Freeze’s

Mainly there can be a lot of reasons that can cause the freezing of your sewing machine. When you are using a sewing machine almost every other day, you are bound to face problems and issues related to it.

To learn how to unfreeze your sewing machine, you first need to figure out the root of the problem. Now, figuring out what’s wrong with your sewing machine can be a little bit tricky.

Firstly, you need to inspect your sewing machine fully by removing its bobbin and observing it; if your bobbin looks completely fine, then your sewing machine is probably frozen because of dirt and dust that might have been stacked in some parts of the sewing machine, causing it to freeze or jam.

Sewing machines usually freeze because the oil and dust in them get mixed when they aren’t being taken care of or haven’t been used for a long time.

How to Unfreeze a Sewing Machine?

Unfreezing a sewing machine is not as easy of a task as it might seem. There are some tools that you will need to have. However, these tools aren’t super rare, and the chances are that you will already have them in your tools inventory.

If not, you can buy them easily as they don’t come in so expensive and will be useful after this project too. Here I will make a list of them:

  1. Blow Dryer
  2. Air Compressor
  3. Solvent
  4. Screwdriver
  5. Lubricant
  6. Brush

That’s all. Once you make sure you have everything described above, you can start with the actual process. For the steps involved, I will number them, so it may become easier for you to follow. Let’s start.

Bobbin Unwind

You cannot start with the unjamming process unless the bobbin is uninstalled. Don’t know what a bobbin is? Don’t worry. It’s just the cylindrical part sitting on your machine, which is responsible for holding the thread.

Here, one thing to note is that the bobbins of the different sewing machines may have different requirements to be taken off.

If you’re not sure about your machine, it might be a good idea to refer to the manual of the machine first. After you’ve removed it, make sure you clean it nicely.

Next up, you need to take out the bobbin case as well. It is also quite easy to take it out, and all you have to do then is slide the cover plate and take the thing inside it.

This small part actually does all the work of the bobbin and should be cleaned thoroughly either with a brush or vacuum type thing. This is important to stop any future issues of jamming your machine.

Once you have cleared the bobbin from the inside, you need to put it back as you took it off and first put it inside the case and then install the case back to its place; if this solves the problem, great!

However, if it doesn’t, we have a longer journey.

Check the Cover

This step deals with any dust or lint accumulated within the internal parts of the sewing machine.

Most often, the issues related to the jamming or freezing of the machine are either directly or indirectly related to the lack of oiling or dusting of internal parts of the machine.

So, to get started, you need to remove all the covers from the machine, side cover, top cover, and everything. You may want to refer to the instruction manual to do this.

Once you are done, check to see if there is any thread tangled within the parts of the machine. If so, you can take it out by hand carefully.

Otherwise, all you have to do is dust off the internal parts until they seem to be clean.

Also, if you notice there is any need for oiling, don’t hesitate, lubricate the machine’s internal parts while paying special attention to the metal parts coming into contact with each other.

After you’re done dusting and oiling, get your screwdriver and install the cover backs. The last thing to do here is to check if this step has done the deed.

Try moving the handwheel and check if the machine is repaired. If not, it’s time to jump onto step 3.

Checking Rest of the Parts

Since we have checked almost everything that could be causing the trouble, now the only thing left is to check the mechanical parts involved, which are responsible for the working of the sewing machine.

There are three main parts, the pulley, drivers, and the tensioner.

These are the major parts that ensure if you’re getting the right tension and either one of them going bad means you’re in trouble.

So, you need to check these components manually and clean them thoroughly. If they need a bit of oiling as well, make sure you do it.

Also, sometimes they could have a hard residue stuck on them, which could cause the jam. Use the solvent to eliminate these residues or use the blow dryer if the solvent along doesn’t work.

Now, we’re done, and we have tried everything which was within our reach. If you are very unfortunate and still your problem isn’t solved after following all these steps, the only thing you could do is to take it to a mechanic who has experience.

Or better yet, take it to the company. It might cost you a bit, but it will ensure you get the best service.

How to Prevent Your Sewing Machine from Freezing

There are a few things you can do to prevent your sewing machine from freezing. Make sure you are cleaning and lubricated your sewing machine almost every other day so that the dirt, dust, and oil do not get mixed up.

Another thing you should be careful of is that you should never expose your sewing machine to sunlight or any other environmental factors as it will decrease its lifetime and usage.

Also, make sure that even if you don’t have much sewing to do, you do run your sewing machine once or twice a month; not being in use for a long time can cause the sewing machine to jam or get stuck as the rust and dust builds up inside of it.

Follow all of the steps mentioned above, and you are good to go!


Now that we have reached the end of the article, I’m sure by now you know all about how a sewing machine freezes, why it freezes and how to prevent it from freezing.

Now that you have full knowledge about all this, you can take care of your sewing machine perfectly and wisely.

If you still have some questions or if you are still confused by something, I highly suggest you go through all the steps of prevention and reasons once again. Good luck with your sewing experience!

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