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How to use a Sewing Machine

For people who are not experienced with using a sewing machine, it can be a very confusing and scary experience! However, they are not as complicated as they look. Having the skills to make handmade items is definitely, a skill that everyone should attempt! It’s not only rewarding when you’re able to say you made something yourself but it’s also fun and relaxing.

Of course, the basics of learning how to use a sewing machine comes with a lot of steps. Before anything, you need to know all about the machine and what every piece does and how it works. Number one with almost every electronic tool is finding the power switch, although this seems like a simple task it can be slightly tricky to find.

how-to-use-a-sewing-machinesMost power switches are located to the right of the machine. Next, you want to locate the spool pin; this is a small plastic or metal pin that sticks out of the top of the machine, it holds your thread. You want to find your thread guide then; this also sticks out of the top to the left, it directs the threat from the spool. Finding the bobbin-winder is one of the most important steps! It’s usually located to the right of the spool pin; the bobbin-winder is what controls your thread.

The stitch advertisement buttons are also very important to locate and know how they work. These buttons create the length, type, and direction of your stitch. Next, you will want to look for the tension dial; this is a small numbered dial wheel that controls the tension of the threat as you sew.

We’re almost done with the boring part! Just a few more things to locate before you can start creating! You want to now find the needle clamp screw; this is the metal piece that holds the needle in place while drawing.

It kinda looks like a large nail. Find the presser foot which is what makes all of this possible! It is a small metal attachment under the needle clamp screw that looks like a small ski. Now that you know all of the bells and whistles of the machine we can get into how to actually use these things all together!

You want to first start anything by placing the machine on a sturdy surface, whether that be a table, desk or sewing cabinet. You want a comfy chair to sit in, as I imagine you will be sitting for quite some time!

You want the needle of the machine to be to the left of your body and the machine on the right. You want to insert your needle with the flat side toward the back. Wind and insert the bobbin carefully. Thread your sewing machine by unwinding the spool of thread; make sure it is attached to the needle.

Now comes the time to sew. Select a straight stitch and a medium stitch length. Always practice on some scrap material before you do anything just to get the feel of things. Line up your fabric under the needle. Lower the presser foot onto the fabric. Hold the loose ends of both threats.

Press the foot pedal which controls the speed. Try out the reverse button, use the hand wheel to move the needle to its highest position. Cut your thread, pin your two pieces of fabric together, make sure the sides are lined up! Lower the needle all the way into the fabric, press the pedal and start out slow. Then rotate your fabric with the needle still stuck inside. For your first project make sure that it’s something simple and easy to follow!

After a while, your sewing machine will start to get a little dirty, but no worries there are ways to clean it! Make sure to read your machine’s manual before starting the cleaning process, every machine is different but here are some of the basic steps that work for most. Always unplug your machine to prevent any accidents. Remove the needle and the presser foot. Now that you’ve done that, brush off the machine with the small plastic brush that most machines come with. You should do this regularly.

If your machine did not come with one, you can always purchase one from the store! Oil and lubricate your machine at least once a week to keep everything moving smoothly, As I mentioned before follow your manual! Every machine is different. Using a damp towel, you should wipe down your machine often to make sure no dust or lint builds up. That’s it! Simple as that! Follow these steps, and you’re on your way to a successful clean machine!

Selecting a machine is different for everyone. Depending on what you plan to use your machine for that is how it will be selected. There are many machines for home use. If you want a machine for home use, definitely go for a “Juki Pearl Line I Want It All Package” this package will come with everything that you need. If you want something for a beginner or for making clothes check out the Brother cs6000i. It’s the perfect machine for just starting out along with making fashionable items. For crafting you can also use the “Juki Pearl Line I Want It All Package”. Definitely, do your own research before committing to a machine!

Overall the sewing machine is an amazing invention in our everyday life! It makes it possible for our clothes, sheets, blankets, and much more to be made! Without a sewing machine, we would have to hand sew everything ourselves. Sewing machines are very important to our everyday lives because it is efficient and a great skill to have!



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