How to Use a Sewing Machine: A Comprehensive Guide for the Beginners

If you know how to sew or how to use a sewing machine, it saves a huge amount of money per year for your family. On top of that, you can employ your sewing skill to earn cash in your leisure time and even take this as a profession if you love to do it. However, if you are a newbie in using a sewing machine and interested know how to use it, you should read this post. In this article, I will let you know about various aspects of a sewing machine in a brief but comprehensive manner and let you know how to use a sewing machine. Let’s begin: 

What is a Sewing Machine and How Does it Work?

Before going deeper to learn about the use of a sewing machine, it is essential to know about a sewing machine at first. 

A sewing machine can stitch fabric and other materials using a thread. It is a machine or appliance you will see around in many houses and shops in the markets as well. You can make shirts, dresses, jeans, bags or whatever you want relating to clothing with a variety of sewing machines. Along with making clothes, you can use it to repair your clothes, bags, jeans, and whatnots. 

When it comes to the mechanism of a sewing machine, that is the process of its work, a sewing machine can make different kinds of stitches. Let’s see how does it form a single stitch: 

  • Needle threading is the primary work to start with the stitching. The needle is equipped with the thread. When it is done, it is ready to pass through the fabric. 
  • The thread is further accelerated by the rotary shuttle hook. A loop is created at this phase. 
  • Another thread is then supplied by the bobbin and the one that is coming from the needle is locked. 
  • Next, the needle works to tighten the thread by moving up. And as a result, an excellent stitch is formed. 
  • The repetition of this process sews a fabric perfectly. 

Kinds of Sewing Machines

Primarily, Sewing machines available out there in the market can be categorized into three classes. The type of machine you need depends on the nature of your work and your preference based on your choice or budget. 

Let’s see how they stand apart from one another: 

Mechanical Sewing Machine: Mechanical sewing machines are quite costly. However, many beginners choose this as their first companion to sewing work. In a mechanical sewing machine, you will find the features controlled manually. To let you select stitches, control the speed, adjust the length and width, the manufacturers use rotary dials of big size. As this type of machine is big, it generally comes heavy. 

Electric Sewing Machine: The electric sewing machine stands in the middle of a mechanical and a computerized sewing machine. You can start the machine by pressing On and stop the machine by pressing the Off button. 

Computerized Sewing Machine: Computerized Sewing Machine is the sewing machine of tomorrow. Being far advanced from the two mentioned above, this type of sewing machine is going to bring a revolution in the coming decades. You have to pay the highest price to buy the sewing machine of this kind. To access and control the features, you have to get it connected to your computer. With the LCD, you can see the width, length, style, and speed of the stitches. The button on the screen will help you change the settings once you intend to do so. 

How to Use a Sewing Machine: Step by Step?

The first thing you should do before going to start your sewing project is threading the machine. Follow the user manual given by the manufacturer to know all about the threading process for your machine. However, once the threading of the machine is done, follow the steps below to start the sewing work: 

  1. Thread the bobbin and place that in the shuttle. This makes you ready for the sewing. 
  2. Pick the desired and the right fabric you wish to stitch. 
  3. Pull up the lever of the presser foot. This can be found on the opposite side (back) of the presser foot. 
  4. Next, place your fabric correctly just below the presser foot. You should place it in a way so that the fabric point you want to stitch is just under the foot. 
  5. Now, pull down the presser foot to make the fabric ready. 
  6. The metal plate in the sewing machine will show you the place where you should position your fabric to start with the straight stitch. It is important to follow the same line given on the metal plate. The more impeccable you can follow that line, the straighter your stitch will be. 
  7. When all is set, it is time to press the pedal. As soon as you press the pedal, the sewing machine will start to sew. You will notice that the fabric is getting sewn and moving backward after getting sewn. You can adjust the speed of the stitches as per your choice. 
  8. When you have sewed one point or part of the fabric, you have to stop pressing the pedal. The needle will stay lying on down on the fabric so that you can take the turn to begin sewing towards another angle. 
  9. Pull up the lever of the presser feet. Rotate the fabric to the angle you need to sew and then push down the lever. 
  10.  The straight stitching will begin again until the end of the fabric appears. 

And that’s all! Pretty simple, isn’t it? 

Things to Remember While Using a Sewing Machine

Here are a few reminders for you that you should follow as a beginner while you use your sewing machine: 

  • The user manual that you get with your sewing machine from the manufacturer is the best guide to help you understand how to use the sewing machine. So, reserve the user manual with care. 
  • When using the manual, do not read from the first to the last page altogether. Skim it to find the location of the information you need. 
  • Avoid buying the cheaper machines if you are looking to work long-term with your first sewing machine. You will get what you pay for. So, find a sewing machine that would ensure the highest quality possible for your budget. 
  • The more you play with your machine, the better you will gain control of your machine. Never give up experimenting with the stitch of different length and width, different types of stitches, and also with different feet. 
  • Maintaining your sewing machine is not very difficult.  Just keep in mind to clean and oil your sewing machine regularly to get the best service out of it. 
  • Buying specialty feet can make your sewing job easier. Waling foot, invisible zipper foot and other foot of different nature will help you do your work comfortably. 
  • To learn different crafts regarding sewing, you should train yourself with the help of classes, Facebook groups, YouTube videos, reading sewing books and whatever resources you can manage. 

Final Thoughts 

Learning to use a sewing machine is not rocket science. It requires you to invest the enthusiasm, effort and time. We hope that this guide on how to use a sewing machine has helped you know the basics of a sewing machine and how to use it. 

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