How to Use Handheld Sewing Machine: A Complete Guide?

How would you feel if your zipper just breaks inside the washroom before participating in an important presentation? Again, what will you do if you are jogging and suddenly the pants tear up? Yes, we know that such situations are embarrassing for you. But, these mishaps are the facts of life we face very often in our daily life. In most of the cases, as we have just mentioned, it becomes tough for us to mend the issues within a short time. If you take them to the seamstresses, they might need 1 day or more to set another zipper or mend your trousers. 

However, fortunately, there is an alternative solution for you that you can try anywhere and at any time. And that’s “handheld sewing machine”. You do not need any idea of operating an electric sewing machine to use a handheld sewing machine. You just need an hour to learn the mechanism and how to use it at first. And from then on, you can carry your handheld sewing machine anywhere and mend whatever you want with ease and within a short time.

In this article, we are going to share with you some crucial information on how to use handheld sewing machine. After you learn to use a handheld sewing machine, you will feel more relaxed about any mishaps related to your clothes.

How to make your handheld sewing machine ready to work?

We assume that you have already bought a handheld sewing machine and now you are trying to learn how to use this. Well, we are here to help you. 

At first, you have to prepare your handheld sewing machine to sew. For your information, a handheld sewing machine is a lot different from an electric sewing machine. The first difference is that a handheld sewing machine runs on batteries, not on electricity as it is with the case with the electric ones. That’s why the first thing you have to do to make your handheld sewing machine ready is to load batteries on it. 

When it comes to choosing the right battery, always use quality batteries for quality output. If the batteries are not of good quality, your handheld sewing machine might go out of service in the time of your crying need. It is the batteries that make it easily portable and your on-the-go sewing machine. Usually, most of the handheld sewing machines require AA batteries to load on the machine. 

However, the number of batteries you need to use in your handheld sewing machine is determined by the manufacturer. Look at the place of loading batteries or read the user manual to get a clear idea about how many batteries your handheld sewing machine requires. It is the bottom part that generally comes with a place to hold the battery. After you are done with placing the batteries in the right place of your machine, you have to set up the bobbin next.

How to Set the Bobbin for handheld sewing machine?

The bobbin holds the thread together. Made up of metal, plastic or wood, it looks like a small wheel or reel from where the thread is released to the needles for performing the sewing work. 

You might get surprised to know that a handheld sewing machine uses a single thread to work which is completely different for electric ones.  That’s why the bobbin holder is placed at an appropriate place that is proved as convenient for the thread release. After pulling off the holder of the bobbin and the spring located down to it, you have to slide on the bobbin. The next thing you need to do is to place the spring carefully over the hole for the bobbin holder. And at last, slide the bobbin holder and keep the bobbin in the right place. 

How to Thread the Needle for Handheld sewing machine?

To make sure that the thread is released clockwise from the bobbin, you have to place the thread in the bobbin on the side of the handheld sewing machine. Pull the thread towards the front of the sewing machine from the bobbin. 

Next, place the end of the thread into the header. Note that, you will get a header with your handheld sewing machine.

Fix the threaded end of the threader on through the eye of the needle. Pull the thread through the hole and once done, remove the threader. You should have a minimum of two inches thread left hanging from the eye of the needle. 

It is the first thread guide that works as the transporter of the thread from the bobbin. Later on, it passes through the two plates of the tension’s control and the second thread guide. The needle threader is used to feed the thread into the eye of the needle. Once the feeding process is completed, you should now turn the rotary. The thread will now go down to the fastening plate of the handheld sewing machine. And, at last, pick up the fastening plate and pull the thread out from down the fastening plate by using the seam ripper. 

How to Sew the fabric with Handheld sewing machine?

Turn the handwheel on in either direction of the sewing machine before you get the arm of the needle up.  Place one hand under the fabric and use the other hand to pick up the presser foot. 

Position your fabric in the appropriate place to make sure that you can start sewing from exactly where you want to sew. Hold the sewing machine firmly with one hand and press the power switch now. As soon as you press the power switch, the machine will start to work, in other words, to sew. Employ the other hand to hold the fabric and guide it through. When you are done sewing work, switch the power off and the sewing will stop immediately. 

Though sewing is easy, the threading part might seem difficult to you when you are threading for the first time. However, after a few trial and error, you can easily understand the whole thing if you start trying now. 

However, there are some important things that you should remember. First of all, you cannot use your handheld sewing machine to sew from the left to right. Rather, this kind of sewing machine only works in reverse. To create a little tension, hold the fabric by your left hand and then power the machine on by pressing the power switch located at the top of the handheld sewing machine. You will see that the fabric is making its own way through the machine.

Another important thing is the color choice issue of the thread. Make sure that the color of the thread matches or conforms to or at least complements the color of the fabric you are going to sew. Otherwise, it may look odd if the color is not matched properly.

Final Words

Handheld sewing machines are getting popular as they can be carried easily and takes very little space. Another great advantage is that you can use them anywhere from bus to train to air, from the hotel to home. A handheld sewing machine is also great for them who need to mend their clothes or sew small fabrics from time to time. We hope that, after reading this article, you now know how to use handheld sewing machine properly. 

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