How to Use a Sewing Machine for the First Time

Many don’t know how to get the sewing machine started. However, the mechanism of the sewing machine is not that complex. To start with a sewing machine it does not require any expertise.

Everyone who has little knowledge of how to use the machine can easily start using it. However, little information about the operation of such a machine is available online.


Guideline to Use a Sewing Machine for the First Time

  • Firstly, to activate the device, you have to connect it to the power supply. Most machines have a light indicating whether or not the device is properly activated. The power switch is normally located on the machine’s back or right side. There are no separate switches on some machines. When the power cord is connected, these machines are switched on.
  • Then, a direct stitch or half stitch length is to be selected. The manual can be seen in order to understand the mechanism. By rotating the bottom button on the correct side of the machine, you can set the stitches.
  • As the sewing machine just starts, you should not work with new clothes or fabrics. For some time, beginners have to be able to work comfortably with the machine. If not, your new fabric or cloth may need to be wasted. First of all, therefore, you should use scrap materials. Avoid heavy tissue such as denim as it is very difficult to sew.
  • The fabric must be arranged correctly under the needle. You must keep the bulk of the material at the left side of the machine while placing the fabric under the needle. You can even get messy stitching if you keep the larger part of the fabric on the right side.
  • Behind the needle mounting, you will find a lever. You must raise or decrease the push foot with the lever. The fabric is gripped by a gentle tug. The textile will not pass the needle at the right speed if you do not adjust the fabric correctly. You won’t get stitched dresses perfectly, therefore. You must not pull the tissue through the machine, as it may damage the tissue or needle. You can easily adjust the length of the stitch on the machine if necessary.
  • You must keep the loose ends of both threads for a few stitches at stitching. Then you can free your hand to hold and control the textile. The fabric must not be pulled because it can break the needle.
  • The foot pedal is in every electric sewing machine. You can control the speed of the sewing using this element. It’s like the car’s gas pedal. The more difficult you push the gas pedal, the faster you can go. But don’t push it hard from the start. The tailor must slowly increase the speed to gradually push the pedal.
  • The reverse button or the lever must then be found. The direction of the machine will be reversed. As the machine starts sewing, the fabric will travel to you. You must hold the reverse button down if you want to sew in reverse.
  • Sometimes you may have to cut the thread. You will find a small notch in most machines with which you can cut the thread. You should use a scissor to cut the thread if such a knot isn’t available on your machine. For the nest seam, you should always leave a tail.
  • You may have to move from one part to another during sewing. The hand wheel situated in just the top right side of the machine can be used to make it easy. You must look for the seam allowance lines on your sewing machine. It is the room between the fabric edge and the stitch line. It is marked on the throat plate of the machine already. If the needle is not marked, you can use a rule for measuring either side of it.
  • You must lower the needle near the fabric in order to sew a strong corner. The hand wheel can also be used to bring the needle close to the textile. Press the pedal to tighten the fabric. Turn now and leave the needle in the new position.

That’s all. This is how you can use a sewing machine for the first time.  You may start practising with the newspapers, pillow, pillowcase, and torn clothes

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