Q: What size replacement needle does the Sew Crafty Mini Sewing Machine use?
A: Any size 14 replacement needle will work.
Q: How do you change or replace the needle in the Sew Crafty?
A: To change the needle, follow the steps below:
1. Remove batteries or disconnect power supply.
2. Lower presser foot.
3. Lower needle.
4. Using a pair of small pliers, turn the Needle Clamp Screw towards the front of the machine. (This is the opposite direction that a traditional screw would turn to loosen.)
5. Loosen needle clamp slightly, just enough to start it and then raise the needle. Loosen needle clamp the rest of the way and remove your old needle.
6. Insert new size 14 needle with flat side facing towards the inside of the machine, being sure that it is pushed high into the needle mounting area.
7. Tighten needle clamp by turning counter clockwise towards the back of the machine.
Q: Can you sew both paper and fabric with the Sew Crafty Mini?
A: Yes, the Sew Crafty can sew up to 3 layers of cardstock,
or light to medium weight fabrics.
Q: My paper rips whenever I try to sew it. What am I doing wrong?
A: There are two main reasons that paper may rip when you
are sewing it. The first maybe that your tension is too tight. Try loosening
the tension dial and see if you are more successful. If this doesn't work,
then we suggest adding a second layer to your sewing project. You can use
a second sheet of patterned paper or cardstock, or if your project doesn't
need to be two sided, place a sheet of printer paper underneath your project.
This second weight of paper adds extra and strength to your project, making
it easier for your machine to accomplish a more even stitch. If desired,
a sheet of printer paper may be carefully torn away once you have completed
stitching. This works especially well when working with vellum.
Q: When I loosened up the screw to change my needle, the needle fell into the bottom of my machine. Is there any way to get it out?
A: There is no way that the needle can come out without
taking the machine apart (which we don't recommend) but as long as the
needle is shaken down into the bottom of the machine, away from where it
fell in, it won't interfere at all with the machines operation.
Q: What size of A/C Adapter do I use with the Sew Crafty Mini?
A: Provo Craft has just released a 3 volt AC Adapter for
use with the Sew Crafty. This adapter will allow your machine to run at
a slightly slower speed than other adapters that are available on the market.
You could also purchase a 6 volt adapter, but remember that it will make
your machine run at a faster speed.
Q: Can you wind or rewind new bobbins on the Sew Crafty Mini?
A: No, you can't wind a bobbin on the Sew Crafty Mini.
Provo Craft has introduced pre-wound bobbin sets.
Q:Why is there a long bobbin rod in the accessories package that comes with the Sew Crafty Mini?
A: This longer bobbin rod is included in your package so
that you have the option of using stand sized spools of thread with your
Sew Crafty Mini. Remember though that use of a larger spool of thread is
an advanced technique and you have to keep an eye on the thread and ensure
that it doesn't fall off of the tension dial.
Q: What kind of thread should I use with my Sew Crafty Mini?
A: You can use most kinds of sewing threads with your machine.
We recommend a cotton or polyester thread for strength but as you get acquainted
with your machine you can also try using the metallic and embroidery threads
available on the market.
Q: My Sew Crafty machine is running backwards! Is this a factory defect? How do I fix it?
A: The Sew Crafty machine runs backwards when the batteries
are inserted in the wrong way! Reverse each battery so that the polarity
is opposite to the way you have it now, and you should be stitching in
the right direction again!
Q: My machine turns on and looks like it is stitching, but no thread is picking up and nothing is happening. What is wrong?
A: We have done extensive testing with the machines in
order to try to provide you with the best suggestions on them that we can,
and through this testing we have found that if the bottom thread isn't
picking up at all it is usually because the tiny looper needle underneath
has been bent. This may have happened at the first or it may have happened
when you removed the test material from the machine. Because of the unique
looping stitch, projects must be removed carefully to avoid this problem.
Please refer to the Quick Guide instruction sheet, step three, for the
instructions on the proper removal of all projects.
Q: I have an adjustable power adapter which should work with my new Sew Crafty, but it requires I set the polarity first. Do I set it to positive or negative?
A: Any Universal adapter should be set to positive to work
with the Sew Crafty mini sewing machine.