April 19, 2023

Sewing machine error codes

Error Code

Sometimes your sewing machine tells you exactly what's wrong—as long as you can crack the code. Below are common error code tables for the most popular brands, along with an explanation of what the code means, possible repair parts you might need and DIY advice. Visit Sears PartsDirect’s repair help section for more DIY advice for sewing machines, major appliances, lawn and garden equipment, garage door openers, vacuum cleaners and more. To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your appliance, search for your model number.

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Symptoms common to all sewing machines

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April 19, 2023

Main causes: dirty shuttle race, improper thread routing, incorrect thread tension…

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Main causes: dirty shuttle race, wrong thread tension, bad needle timing, damaged needle, using the wrong type of needle…

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Main causes: thread bunched up in the shuttle race, bad needle timing, internal drive gear failures…

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Main causes: machine needs lubrication, internal gear failure…

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Main causes: problems with the feed dogs, setting stitch length to 0…

April 19, 2023

Main causes: lack of lubrication, lint buildup, worn drive belt, faulty drive motor…

April 19, 2023

Main causes: disengaged clutch, broken drive belt, internal drive gear failure…

April 19, 2023

Main causes: faulty foot pedal, locked drive gears, wiring failure, bad drive motor…

January 10, 2024

Main causes: power supply failure, bad power cord, faulty On/Off switch…

Repair guides common to all sewing machines

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your sewing machine.

How to replace a sewing machine on/off switch
April 01, 2015

How to replace a sewing machine on/off switch

If the sewing machine is completely dead, replace the On/Off switch using these 6 steps.…

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a sewing machine drive belt
April 01, 2015

How to replace a sewing machine drive belt

You can replace a broken sewing machine drive belt in about 15 minutes. …

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to replace a sewing machine drive motor
April 01, 2015

How to replace a sewing machine drive motor

If the drive motor on your sewing machine runs roughly or doesn't run at all, you can replace it in about 30 minutes usi…

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all sewing machines

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your sewing machine.

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