10 Simple Tips For Using a Sewing Machine

Singer Quantum Stylist Sewing Machine

By Susan G Sanders

In comparison to hand sewing, using a sewing machine opens up a whole new world of project possibilities, enabling you to get a variety of projects done in record time. Here are ten simple tips that are essential to remember.

1)  Be sure that you have threaded the machine correctly, according to the machine’s specific instructions. For most household machines, the threading process is simple and intuitive. Just a few times and you will have committed it to memory. However, missing even one of those points that the thread must catch will throw your entire machine off, so it’s a good idea to double check your threading before you begin sewing.

2)  Although you will use the simple, basic foot for 90% of your sewing, at times when you do need a special foot, do use the correct foot. You’ll be glad you took the two minutes to change it, as it will make your sewing much easier and neater.

3)  Use good quality thread. It may be tempting to check out that bin of bargain threads, but in the long run, it is not worth your money. Your thread will end up catching and breaking, and ultimately will not last.

4)  Invest in a good pair of fabric scissors if you don’t already have one, and a small thread clipping scissor to keep handy by the machine, and keep it solely for those purposes. Don’t cut anything else with them, as they will become dull or stick in the middle of the blade and your fabric will be thrown off its pattern.

5)  Always throw away bent pins. If your pin is bent, there is a possibility that you might not know its exact location under the fabric. Should your needle hit the pin, the tip may break and fly off, causing injury.

6)  When sewing two pieces of fabric together and one is slightly longer than the other, let the machine do the compensating for you by placing it on the bottom, as the feed dogs under the foot will have a tendency to pull it slightly more than the top piece.

7)  Never hurry. In a rush, stitches will be crooked and lines will not be straight. This is especially obvious when sewing straight items such as a curtain or a pillow. So develop a slow and steady rhythm and strive to maintain it.

8)  Your eyes may tend to strain as you will be looking at a small area of the machine by the foot. Take frequent breaks and make sure your entire work area, not just the head of the machine, is well lit.

9)  Check your bobbins. It’s disappointing to realize you’ve been sewing for the last two minutes without any bottom thread, doing nothing but making holes in your fabric. Avoid this scenario by making sure you have enough bottom thread wound in your bobbin.

10)  Use the right needles. Thicker fabrics need thicker needles, so don’t use one needle for all your sewing needs.

Many of these tips are items you should assess on the machine before sewing a single stitch. With just a little time, these pre-project steps will be as easy as a simple glance, and you’ll be breezing away on your machine before you know it. The next step is to find the best sewing machine for beginners in order to greatly enhance your learning experience.

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