The Most Common Singer M1000 Problems You Should Know

This sewing machine is one of Singer’s most affordable sewing machines and it is advertised by the company as a ‘mending machine’, perhaps as a scapegoat to hide the many functional and technical problems the small sized sewing machine has. Because of its small size the Singer M1000 sewing machine has an even smaller work area, but this can be an advantage for some beginners. The Singer M1000 sewing machine does not have as many features as you would come to expect from a standard modern sewing machine, but however depressing the Singer M1000 sewing machine might sound, it is to be considered that it is a mechanical sewing machine (with very basic electrical components – Like the foot pedal being an ON and OFF switch. Down for on, and release or up for off. It Is a very easy sewing machine to use.)

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1. Poor Lighting

This is because the light on the Singer M1000 sewing machine is not that bright or powerful.  This becomes a problem when you’re working in a poorly lit room and you need some lighting so that even in bad lighting conditions you are able to continue sewing. Unfortunately this is the light that comes with the Singer M1000 sewing machine. It is just not that powerful.

To Do

  • However you can try and find a light with higher wattage that is compatible with the Singer M1000 sewing machine.

2. Simple Foot Pedal

Because the Singer M1000 is a simple sewing machine the foot pedal it comes with is also a very simple accessory. It lacks the advanced features you would normally expect from a modern sewing machine’s foot pedal; like controlling the speed at which the sewing machine will sew. No, instead the Singer M1000’s problem is that it has one sewing speed and the foot pedal acts just as an ON and OFF switch.

To Do

  • This is another reality for the Singer M1000, and there’s nothing to do about it. Not even a replacement from another manufacturer’s foot pedal because that is how the sewing machine is made.

3. Needle Breaks Under Pressure

This is because the Singer M1000 sewing machine’s parts are as small and delicate as the entire sewing machine itself. This problem can be caused by a number of factors one of them being the fact that the Singer M1000’s needle isn’t meant or built for thick and heavy fabrics so when exposed or used on such fabrics the needle will break. Another reason as to why this kind of problem may occur on the Singer M1000 sewing machine is that the needle thread and bobbin thread of the sewing machine may not be drawn to the back after and during sewing. This can cause the thread to get tangled up and thus tighten up enough to break the sewing machine’s needle. It could also be a result of the needle not being inserted securely into place.

To Do

  • Make sure to use light or thin fabrics with the Singer M1000 sewing machine if you’re using needles that the machine came with.
  • You can try and find stronger, tougher needles (size #14) but this can also cause another problem, because the Singer M1000’s motor wasn’t built for tough fabrics as well.
  • If the needle does not penetrate into the fabric do not attempt to sew with the Singer M1000 sewing machine. Likewise if the feed dog teeth cannot feed the material you’re using through the sewing machine, do not attempt to sew with it.
  • When inserting a needle into the Singer M1000’s needle clamp make sure that you push the needle as far as it will go and then tighten the needle clamp screw firmly in by turning it in a clockwise (right) direction.
  • Always draw or pull your threads when sewing, only after you have removed your fabric from the Singer M1000 can you let go of the thread’s whereby you would need to cut them.

4. Sewing Machine Is Noisy

This is due to the Singer M1000’s small size and once again tough fabrics. When the sewing machine’s motor cannot handle the amount of work it is given. It tends to make noise because it is carrying a heavy load which it cannot handle thus making the sewing machine noisy. But this can also be a result of other things like when thread is caught up in the bobbin holder, it tends to make the Singer M1000 a lot noisier than it normally is. Lint build up under the feed dog can also cause this problem for the Singer M1000 sewing machine.

To Do

  • Do not use thick or heavy fabrics with the Singer M1000 because it cannot handle them.
  • You would need to re-thread the bobbin by completely removing it from the Singer M1000 and then removing the thread from the bobbin and then re-threading it once again.
  • To clean the feed dog and bobbin are you need a fine brush, or a vacuum cleaner, or a compressed air can. You do this by unscrewing the bobbin cover plate (or needle plate.) And then removing the bobbin and then using either one of the cleaning materials to clean the area thoroughly.

5. Sewing Machine Isn’t Running

This problem is most likely caused by the AC adapter or foot switch jack not being properly connected to the Singer M1000, most user totally forget to do this or move the sewing machine in such a way that the switch jack or AC adapter also moves, coming off the sewing machine completely making it seem as if it isn’t working. It can also be that a thread is caught up in the sewing machine.

To Do

  • It is advised to use the AC adapter included with the Singer M1000 sewing machine and not any other. Make sure that it is inserted into the correct power supply with the correct amount of voltage coming in.
  • You would need to re-thread the entire Singer M1000 sewing machine if a thread is caught up in it.


The Singer M1000 is a really basic sewing machine, it lacks most features and functions that other sewing machines may have. But it is not all bad, it is great for beginners because of its simple functionality, it is compact and very easy to carry. What the Singer M1000 sewing machine lacks in features it makes up for in simple practicality.