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An Easy Introduction to the Beginner’s Sewing Machine

An Easy Introduction to the Beginner’s Sewing Machine

Thursday, May 10, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

An Easy Introduction to the Beginner’s Sewing Machine

Sewing with a sewing machine is one of those things that looks complicated and some of the terminology makes it sound complicated, but with many sewing machines it really isn’t all that hard to actually do. With that in mind, I’ve put together a tutorial for how to use a sewing machine using a simplified Singer model sewing machine.

The first thing you have to do is learn how to thread your bobbin. The top of your sewing machine should look something like this.

  1. Slide the thread onto the thread spindle.
  2. Slide the piece that keeps the thread on the spindle on next to the thread.
  3. Pull out a piece of thread and push it through the thread holder.
  4. Put one end of the thread through the bobbin.  Wrap the thread around the little circle.
  5. Slide the bobbin on the bobbin spindle.
  6. Flip the switch that allows the foot pedal to put thread on the bobbin.
  7. Press the foot pedal until the desired amount of thread is on the bobbin.
  8. Cut the thread and your bobbin is ready.

Next you need to thread your machine.  This model has a diagram on the front that shows the direction the thread should go.  Follow those instructions or the one that came with the manual for your sewing machine.

  1. Slide the threaded bobbin into the bobbin holder.
  2. Close the cover.
  3. Drop your needle by closing the cover (be sure you flipped the switch back after threading the bobbin).  When the needle comes back up it will have the bobbin thread with it.
  4. Pull the bobbin thread through and you are ready to sew.

To start sewing place your material underneath the foot, using the seam guide lines for the proper seam width. Lower the foot, drop your needle into the fabric, and press the pedal to start sewing.

Pretty simple?  Yes the right beginner’s sewing machine can be that easy.  With enough practice on these simpler machines, one can master the fundamentals of sewing and move on to better machines.