Sewing is indeed one of the most interesting things that you can do as a hobby and at the same time as a source of income. Can you imagine designing your own clothing wear or coming up with new and original designs? That will not be a far-fetched dream, but you need to have the skills and be ready to get your hands in sewing. You need to have excellent skills, particularly when it comes to using a sewing machine. I can admit that many people are hesitant or are frightened by this machine just like me in the beginning. But do not worry, we are here to demystify this and show you how easy it is to use a sewing machine.
Though the sewing machine may appear sophisticated, it is a very easy machine to operate. What you need are the basic steps and learn through the process as you work. You also need to know the functions of the machine and what are their uses. You need to know where power is coming from, the use of pedals, what is a bobbin winder, the bobbin, bobbin threading, and where to loop the thread in the sewing machine among many other things. The size of the machines are also another fact that you need to know about though whether it is industrial sewing or whatever type it is, the principle of operation is all the same. The only difference is that bulkiness of the task that they can undertake.
The steps to knowing how to use a sewing machine are few and simple. Under this guide, we are taking you through them one by one. They are very basic and quite simple, thus you do not need lots of explaining to understand them. Here are the key steps and tips on how to use a sewing machine.
How do you use a sewing machine
1. Powering the motor aka turning on the machine
With the extinction of the manual sewing machine, the motor driven sewing machines have taken over the market. Powering the machine should be the first step. You should know the source of the power and the main power switch. Come with a power plug and a long cord for the pedal. It is important to note that the foot pedal acts as the switch- it is electrically referred to as the pedal switch.
2. Place the foot pedal under you
The foot pedal is the switch that you will be using while sewing. It should be placed under the machine since it operated by the foot. It also important to note that the foot pedal controls the speed of the stiches. Make sure that you have placed it where you can reach it comfortably and that the foot pedal is working properly.
3. Adjust the length of stitch
You need to know the right length of the stitch if you are to do a good sewing job. The length of the stitch determines how tight the seam will be. Short lengths of stitch are known for a tight seam. Every sewing project is unique, and thus it is important to have the stitch length adjusted. This will be determined by the piece if the garment that you are working one.
4. Check the tension of the thread
The tension of the thread is a crucial skill that you have to learn. While stitching, the tension will be important in ensuring that the stiches are consistent. If you are joining two parts of the garment, you need to ensure that joint is intact by having a high tension. Depending on the piece of the garment that you are using, the tension will vary. The tension regulator dial control should help you in ensuring that you have the right tension as needed.
5. Placing the bobbin winder
The bobbin winder is a key element in the sewing machine. What makes the bobbin have evenly spread windings is the bobbin winder. You need to place bobbin winder, typically on top, in place and ensure that it has been fixed in its position correctly. If not, you will not have evenly spread windings when it threading the bobbin.
6. Loading the bobbin with thread
How to thread a bobbin is a question than many learners frequently ask and the answer is, very simple. Once you have placed the bobbin winder, the next step should be loading the bobbin with the thread. Ensure is that the bobbin is empty. Make sure that the loading has been done without any hitches because if any, there will be a problem during sewing.
7. Threading the sewing machine
Threading a sewing machine may seem like a daunting task, but it is not. Having the thread run through the machine, so that sewing can kick on is not hard. At this point, unwind a few inches of thread from the spool for the purpose of threading the machine. Make sure that the thread has gone through all the places up to the end where it meets with the needle.
8. Place the bobbin in machine
Open the bobbin door which is facing you and is the place where the needle enters for sewing. It is important to note that bobbin threads are essential in the stitching work. Remove the bobbin plate cover and place the bobbin in the case and make sure that the thread is pick up by the needle by turning the hand wheel counter-clockwise. Ensure that you have left out enough length to reach the sewing plate.
9. Check the throat palate
This is a metal plate popularly referred to as the needle plate and it sits below presser foot and needle. It allows the bobbin thread to come out and the needle to pass through for a stitch to be made. The palate must be placed correctly for better stitches.
10. Test with fabric
The last part of this guide, is where you test the fabric. Use the presser foot to hold the fabric in place, you can raise or lower the needle position. Wind the needle holder up, so that it picks up the thread. Make sure that thread is properly entered through the needle, so that it does not get off while sewing. Now you can start with sewing.
With this guide on how to use a sewing machine, you don’t need to have a expert trainer. The steps are very easy to follow and there no technicalities that can frustrate you. Make sure that you have followed it without skipping any of the ten steps. The result will be amazing. Below is a video to show you the actual steps also. Happy sewing!