The Sewing machine is a machine designed to make the sewing process fast and easy. If you are used to the traditional hand sewing, you can get the job done easily using a sewing machine. There is a wide range of options for this machine because the market has a variety of sewing machines for home use and for industrial or manufacturing purposes.
If you will choose one to purchase, you may want to consider all the stitches, styles, and functions a particular sewing machine can do. Since most of the industrial ones are heavy duty and can last for a long time, but only do the basic stitches, while the home sewing machines can do several styles and decorative stitches, aside from the basic, it will be an advantage if you know how you intend to use your sewing machine. Choosing the best sewing machine for your purposes will also save you a lot of money.
From machine to machine, the steps of the operation are pretty simple and basic, and most of them are similar. If you are new to it, you may find the procedures to be complex based on what you hear and read from other books, but once you get a hands-on and started learning the basics about operating a sewing machine, you will appreciate how easy it is to use one. But before you sew a fabric, it is better if you will get to know your sewing machine first.
Read the Sewig Machine Manual
The most important accessory you can have for your sewing machine is the manual. The manual will tell you more about it. You will learn about the parts, the way to use it, and how to take care of the machine so it would not break out. If your machine has no manual included in the box, you can ask your supplier or surf the internet. It is important that you read it first before you begin your sewing tasks. If you happen to have friends who also have sewing machines, you can borrow the manual from one of them, but make sure that you have the same brand and model.
Learn about the Sewing Machine Parts
Knowing the parts of your own sewing machine will not only help you understand how it is used, but will also give you a detailed concept about how each part functions all throughout the operations. Another thing about the parts is that you will be able to understand the instructions well, especially when you are communicating via phone to a customer care service representative regarding your machine. You will also be able to help your friends who need help about their machine.
Learn the Speed Control
The speed of the machine can be adjusted and controlled. Make sure your foot pedal is placed on the floor, or on a cabinet where a knee lever is connected. As some professionals always say, it is a good point if you will test your foot pedal over and over again to become familiar of its functions. This will help you control it for faster and easier sewing. The speed of the machine is controlled through the foot pedal if your machine is manual, but if you have the newer model, or the electric sewing machines, there is no foot pedal anymore, instead, the speed is controlled by just pushing the button according to your speed preference.
Learn about the Sewing Needles
Because different types of fabrics require different needles, it is important that you learn about the needles and to which fabric they would work best. Aside from that, your needle is the most changeable part of the machine, not only to match the fabrics, but also to replace one when it breaks. It will be easier for you to solve the needle problems if you know how it works.
Learn the Feed Dogs
The feed dog feeds the fabrics into the machine. You will guide the fabric into the fee under the needle as you press the pedal. It is not helpful if you will force the fabric into the machine because it will only break the needle and cause other problems. What you need to do is to guide the fabric as softly as you can and just let the machine do the work. Make sure you clean this area on top and underneath through the plate to lengthen the life span of your machine.
Learn about the Sewing Threads
Threads are important in sewing. Always use durable and quality threads to ensure that the cloth you sew tie in properly. Learn the basic threading from your manual, or ask professionals about it. It is important that you know how to replace your threads. After each use of your machine, clean all the threads away from the machine to avoid any malfunction.
After you learned the basic about your sewing machine, you are probably excited to use it and sew a piece of cloth. The first try may not come out as perfectly as you wanted it to be, but never give up. At least you already tried the machine, and you already got a feel of it. By continuous trying, you will master the use of it and create different crafts from your sewing machine. Here’s a step by step guide on how to use your sewing machine:
- Set up your sewing machine on a flat and sturdy table or platform if you are using an electric machine. Manual sewing machines already have their own table.
- Install the preferred needle based on the fabric you are using. It is important to use quality needles to avoid replacing it over and over again.
- Thread your sewing machine. Insert the bobbin for the lower thread. For the top thread, insert the thread into the needle. The desired color is based on the fabric you are using. Get the ends of both threads out.
- If this is your first time, make a quick test and trial of the machine by sewing a fabric. Since you have different types of stitches, test each one of them and see how you can sew your fabric using them. A simple and woven fabric will do for your trial.
- Set the width, length, and the type of stitch you want. If you are using the straight stitch, you can set the length into your preferred length. If you prefer to do zigzag, set the width also accordingly.
- Line your fabric under the needle. Keep it flat and smooth flowing to get a satisfying result. Watch the guide and the fabric while sewing, instead of focusing on the needle. This will help you sew on a straight line.
- Lower the presser foot into your fabric using the lever placed on the side of the needle assembly.
- For the first few stitches, hold both ends of the threads. Let go of them after and focus your hands on the fabric.
- Control the speed through the foot pedal, or set your speed and push the button, if you are using an electric machine.
- Set the length of the stitch and choose the type of stitch you want.
- As you sew, the machine will move the fabric forwards automatically. Do not force it to move by pushing or pulling it.
- Guide your fabric in the direction you want, just make it sure that it is moving slowly.
- If you want to end the stitch, push the button for reverse to lock the threads on the fabric.
- Put the presser foot higher to get the fabric and cut the threads.
- Try doing a different stitches on another fabric using the same procedures.
- Try doing buttonholes over and over again to master it.
- After using the machine, always keep it clean and covered to prevent dust from damaging it.
Practice makes perfect, this is your best tool if you have plans of doing projects or if you want to use your sewing skills to generate income. Always give importance to quality results by considering quality materials such as threads, needles, and fabrics. If you are still hesitant to control the speed through the pedal, take it one step at a time, and eventually you will get a good hold on your pedal. Sewing is a good habit, and if you mastered the techniques, you can make your own masterpieces with the help of your sewing machine.