When you first see a sewing machine, you might think to yourself, “How in the world am I supposed to use this thing?” It’s actually quite simple. The first thing you need to know about sewing with one of these machines is that if you freak out, your machine freaks out. Try and stay calm when sewing, and most likely, everything will turn out fine.
Now, before you start sewing, you should know all the parts of a machine.
1. Spool holder. This is where you set your spool of thread down. There is usually a little cap to put on top so that the spool doesn’t come flying off!
2. Bobbin winder. This is to wind thread on the bobbin (A little plastic spool. Smaller than a normal one.)
3. Hand wheel. This controls the needle’s height and the take up lever (see #7.)
4. Reverse. This makes the needle sew backwards.
5. Needle position. This makes your needle tilt to the left, right, or stay straight.
6. Pattern selector. You can change the pattern of the stitching with this.
7. Take up lever. One of the spots that the thread goes through.
8. Needle. This isn’t hard to figure out.
9. Bobbin case. This is where the bobbin is kept when sewing.
10. Needle controller. When you press down on this, the needle starts to sew.
All of these parts can be found in your manual and directions for how to use them.
Now that you know about the basic parts to a machine, you’re almost ready to sew! But first, you have to have something to sew. For beginners, a pillow or a bag is the easiest.
Now, you’re ready to start sewing!
Set your fabric right under the needle. The needle should be directly above the spot that you want stitched. Press down on the needle controller lightly. Slowly push the fabric away from you, while still sewing. When you get to the end of a side, spin the fabric around so that you can start sewing again. If you’re making a pillow, make sure there is an open spot to put stuffing in.
Now, you’re an expert! Keep practicing and you’ll definitely get better!
Written by Hannah, Age 12