Tips for Using your Sewing Machine

Tips for Using your Sewing Machine

If you love sewing, create patterns and sew any clothes you should know how to use a sewing machine perfectly. Basic techniques for working on sewing machine can be found in the user manual.
In this post I suggest read you the tips and tricks how to use your sewing machine which you will not find in the manual.
Read also: 20 Sewing tips and tricks for beginners.

Start sewing by turning the handwheel

Start sewing by turning the handwheel

Start moving the needle of the sewing machine with turning the handwheel by hand. This will avoid mistakes and start stitching exactly at the desired point. The good habit is to do 1-2 stitches by turning the flywheel manually.

Position of the needle and thread guide

Position of the needle and thread guide

In any cases, you need start sewing when the needle is down, at the bottom position near to the fabric. In the same time the thread guide should to be in high position. In such positions of the needle and thread guide you can exclude the outputing a thread from the needle eye and even the breaking a top thread also.

The needle position while sewing the corners

The position of the needle while sewing a corner

Keep needle down into the fabric while sewing corners or when you need turn fabric. This trick helps you to achieve a perfectly seam having the corner.
Note: Some sewing machine models have a button that switches the needle stop position.

Pay attention to the condition and type of needle

Pay attention to the condition and type of needle

Pay attention to the condition and type of needle. Tip of needle should be sharp and its form need be fit to the selected for sewing a fabric.
For sewing garments from knit/stretch/jersey fabrics is better to use needle having ballpoint tip. The rounded tip will not tear the fibers of fabric and will pass between them without breaking them.
For sewing jeans fabric is needed use the special denim sewing machine needles etc.
Tip: Before sewing a new project I recommend replace the needle on the sewing machine to a new one.

Bobbin thread thickness and its tension

Check thread type and bobbin thread tension

The thickness of the thread in the bobbin should be the same or thinner than the needle thread.
Second rule: Try to regulate the tension of the bobbin thread less often. Screwdriver can do a notch into the slit a screw of the bobbin case, which can be cause to thread breakage.

Needle plate having seam allowances markings

Needle plate with the markings of seam allowances

All modern sewing machines have the needle plate having a few tiny parallel etched lines that mark the width of seam allowances. They will help you sew the ideal straight line along the fabric edge.

How to make an automatic buttonhole

How to make an automatic buttonhole

Modern sewing machines can make buttonholes automatic. Look in your manual and read about the buttonhole system.
Try to do a few butonholes on scraps of fabrics first before make the buttonholes in automatic mode on your garments. You need to adjust thread tension and height teeth of feed dog and foot pressure on the fabric.

The thread pull under presser foot

The ends of thread pull under presser foot

Before sewing on sewing machine is needed pull both ends of needle and bobbin thread under the presser foot. Take them tails on your left hand and start sewing.

Medical syringe can be a good oiler

Medical syringe can be a good oiler

An usual plastic medical syringe (medium size) can be a good oiler. Remove the needle from the syringe and fill it with oil (suck in oil). Next put the metall needle back. Now it will be an economical and convenientt oiler. With it is easy to oil any hard-to-reach mechanisms and nodes of sewing machine.
See also: How to clean and oil a sewing machine.

Plastic bobbin are easier and better glide

Plastic bobbin easier and better glide

Plastic bobbin is easier and it better glide into bobbin case. If your sewing machine forms a loop on the bottom line, try this advice.

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