"I am not mechanically inclined." These are famous last words often spoken by someone who has just encountered a glitch with their sewing machine. The frustration of having to stop a project, pack up the machine, and haul it to a costly repair service is enormous, and even more so when you learn that a lot of the sewing machine repair tasks can be done on a DIY basis, or by the owner.
In fact, one sewing machine repair expert indicated that almost one quarter of their clients came in with an unidentifiable problem with the machine only to learn that their trouble was simple - the needle was in the wrong way.
Yes, many tasks associated with modern sewing machine repair can be as simple as double checking the settings and making sure that all of the parts are installed properly.
Sewing machines are far more precise instruments than we might realize, and simply putting the flat part of a needle in the wrong way can cause the machine to cease to work.
Additionally, a needle with even a slight bend is going to cause serious problems too. So, before heading to a repair service, check that the needle is inserted properly and in good condition.
Also consider some of the very common issues:
Now, all of this is not to say that you should always tackle the repairs yourself. If you encounter a problem, the first thing to do is to consult your user's manual (if you do not have one, you can often find them as printable files online) and follow the troubleshooting suggestions. If this does not work, use the Internet to find some basic sewing machine repair tips. Often these are sorted by the "symptoms" and then supply reasonable remedies.
If you do both of these things and nothing changes, it is then time to head to an expert repair service. They have the tools, skills, and parts essential to a properly functioning sewing machine. Rather than risking any damage to the motor and drive assemblies, just bring the machine to the licensed experts and get it back up and running in no time.