5 Practical Tips on Using a Sewing Machine

5 Practical Tips on Using a Sewing Machine


Using a sewing machine can be tricky when you don't know how to do it. However, this weakness and the lack of certain resources should not be allowed to deprive you of fully enjoying the marvel of sewing. To help you use it better, here are 5 practical tips on using a sewing machine.


1 - Know the sewing machine


It is essential to know the sewing machine before using it. Everyone knows what it is, but this section is all about getting to know the different pieces that make it up. First, there is what is called a stitch selector, a tool that allows you to choose the stitch or the program. A distinction is also made between stitch length and width. The first indicates the distance between two points, the numbers on the adjustment knobs are expressed in millimeters. The second, on the other hand, represents the movement of the needle from left to right.


To hold the thread by the spool, the sewing machine is equipped with spool holders. Usually, they go in pairs. Right next to them is the bobbin winder. Also, in a sewing machine, there is a part called thread tension that can help control the flow of thread that goes to the needle. For proper operation, the machine needs a tight thread.


Regarding the needle and its surroundings, we distinguish the needle bar to support the needle and a needle clamp to keep it on the bar. The hook responsible for forming the useful stitch loop is housed under the needle plate. It can be vertical or horizontal depending on the model. The presser foot is also one of the most important features of a sewing machine. Applying pressure, it keeps the fabric flat and can be lifted to slide or remove the fabric using the presser foot lever.


 2 - The choice of the needle and its installation


For sewing work, there are many models of sewing machine needles. They are distinguished from each other by their size. To choose them, you should refer to the thickness of the fabric you need to work. The most ordinary sizes and which adapt to most fabrics are the 80s and 90s. There are also special needles for fabrics classified as stretch such as jersey, jeans, leather, quilting ...


Almost all of the needles have flat heels which should face the opposite side of the hook. In order not to make a mistake in the position, some models are equipped with keys that offer the possibility of always placing the needle in the exact direction.


3 - Thread the machine


Before threading the machine, it is essential to ensure that the needle is correctly placed in the upper position. This makes all parts of the sewing machine visible and discernible. After installing the spool on the spool holder, you need to unwind the end of the line to pass it through the guide. Then you have to go down to get into the thread tension. Then, you have to go back to the thread tensioner. Once this is done, you must go back down towards the needle in order to put the thread through the eye. Finally, you have to pull the thread to extend a certain end of it (a few centimeters is enough) to pass it through the notch of the presser foot.


It is important to remember that the tensioner sometimes tends to disappear inside the machine. If this is the case, so as not to forget to pass the thread through it, be sure to operate the handwheel to bring it up. Also, the threading may seem to have gone perfectly, but the machine is producing loops underneath. In order not to be in this embarrassment, it is important to keep the presser foot raised when threading. In fact, the thread tensions are released when the foot is lifted.


4 - Tips for threading the bobbin case


To get perfect stitches, it is essential to put the bobbin correctly in its box. To do this, it must be inserted into the box while holding one end of the wire in order to slip it into the slot under the spring. Next, it is important to check the direction of rotation of the bobbin. To unwind properly, it must go counterclockwise. After that, all you have to do is insert the bobbin case into the hook. It has to hold on to its tongue to prevent it from falling. You must make sure that the finger of the box sits correctly in the notch before releasing the tab.


5 - The reflexes to adopt


You can fall in love with sewing and stand in front of a sewing machine at any age. It is wrong to think that sewing is an old man's trick, on the contrary, combining both passion and pleasure, it can be mastered from an early age. To do this, it is essential to follow some basic rules and have good reflexes.


First, it is important to work in a quiet and tidy place. To do this, you need to use a worktable or a sewing machine cabinet. This will help you find serenity and concentration and then ensure flexibility and stability in your work. Then you should avoid doing the sewing in a hurry. While sewing with a machine allows you to finish what you mend by hand at a higher speed, keep in mind that doing things in a hurry can lose all notion of precision.


To prevent some inconvenience, it is also important to adopt various gestures such as holding the fabric with both hands. Your left hand should be near the presser foot to hold the material in place, and your right should be used as a guide. It is forbidden to pull on the fabric, as it advances very well on its own due to the scratching of the claws.

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