ow to Sew With Your Sewing Machine

Have You Recently Acquired or Bought a Sewing Machine? – Or Even dusted Off Your Old One in the Closet? When first you pick up the sewing machine for use it can be daunting with its numerous gears, levers and unfamiliar words that can leave your heart racing and palms sweaty!

To stitch a straight line, align the fabric edge with one of the guidelines* on your needle plate.
Basics

Sewing machines can be intimidating tools for novice sewists. Learning some basics will allow you to sew more confidently and identify issues should there be any.

Learning how to thread your machine can be daunting at first, but with  embroidery computerized sewing machine                                       practice this step becomes simple. Every machine differs slightly; however, most have similar features.

Once your machine is threaded, locate and practice raising and lowering its presser foot lever (usually a metal part beneath the needle assembly that looks like a small ski). Practice raising and lowering it before looking for a button that lets you “lock stitches” at both the beginning and end of a seam, keeping the stitches from unraveling so you won’t need to go back in later and fix them yourself if following a pattern requires straight edges; generally locking stitches a few inches from fabric edges works best.
Thread

Selecting the ideal thread type and size for any project is absolutely crucial, as selecting an improper type can result in weak seams or large holes in your fabric, or cause your machine to jam due to overtightening due to mismatching between thread and fabric thicknesses. Getting it wrong could even break needles!

Threading a sewing machine can be quite an art, and each sewing machine may differ slightly in how to thread itself. But there are some general things you should be aware of:

At first, pull thread from your main spool pin (the main source for top stitch) through the first thread guide on top of your machine and run it between tension discs – these work like sandwich slices with thread serving as cheese!- before finally threading through your needle eye. Hold both ends of thread when beginning seams; this helps ensure tension issues don’t arise during stitching.
Bobbin

Filling and threading your bobbin correctly is key to sewing well. Your bobbin provides the bottom thread that creates your stitches; if it runs out or winds improperly, your stitches may look uneven or sloppy. Be sure to use bobbins made specifically for your machine, following directions in its manual for winding it properly; additionally it is beneficial if all thread is of equal material (thickness*) across both top and bobbin threadings in order to avoid issues.

If your bobbin is having issues, rethreading and switching out thread can help resolve them. Adjusting tension might also be useful if it appears as though your thread supply has diminished; and remember, using high quality thread will always result in less issues!
Needle

The needle of your sewing machine is responsible for threading fabric through and stitching it, so its cleanliness and sharpness are of utmost importance to avoid damage to fabric or the machine itself. One effective method to prepare the needle for use is licking and running it along pads of thumb and index fingers while stiffening thread for easier navigation through eye of needle.

Threading a needle may initially seem complicated, but with practice it will become easier. Slick the end of your thread to help it flow easily through the eye of the needle, and cut any extra length with sharp scissors if necessary.

Before beginning sewing, use a pen or pencil to mark where your seam will be on the fabric. This will provide a guide that you can follow while stitching; additionally it would be beneficial to pin this line for future reference.