One of the most popular Hello Stitch classes is Our Love Your Sewing Machine tips. Every month, we are pleased to meet people interested in renewing their relationship with the sewing machine or who have never stitched with one before. They are often nervous, but also excited, and it is a lot of fun to see that spark of excitement increase as they feel more confident in using their machines.
sewing machine below 3000 is very simple and not much has changed since the “old days”. Yes, many machines now have very few computers, and some have hundreds of stitches to choose from, but the reality is that you’ll mainly use 2 stitches: a straight stitch and a zig-zag stitch, so if you have one That is the machine, you are the golden one!
No matter which sewing machine you have, there are some rules to ensure success.
1.Read your manual!
Although it may sound like a can, it is actually very informative to read the manual that came with your machine. If you do not know where your manual is, you can often find a copy online. If you are lucky enough to have an old machine, they often have the cutest manual!
2.Make sure your machine is threaded correctly.
This is where the manual for your machine really comes in handy. Check that your thread path is correct and your thread cannot get stuck on anything. Another great tip to remember is to always lift the pressed leg while the machine is stretched. This helps to position the thread correctly. (When you try to thread the needle you can lower it.)
3.Make sure the spool is located in its box in the right direction.
Different machines do this differently, some moving clockwise, some counterclockwise, so again, check your manual. You will have a lot of headaches by doing this right!
4.Attach a new needle
The general rule of thumb is to change the sewing machine needle every 8 hours after sewing. Some people change it for each project. In the study, we do not monitor the number of hours that the needle has come into use, but if a machine starts working, we first read the top and bottom of the machine again and then replace the needle.
It solves 93% of all problems. It is also important to use the right needle for your project. We typically use a Schmetz universal needle number 80/12 in our machines.
We have found it to work for most projects that use woven materials. If you are working with a stretch knit, replace it with a Schmetz 80/12 knit or ballpoint needle.
5.Use a good quality all-purpose thread.
Older threads, especially cotton ones, may begin to break over time and become brittle. Give your thread a tug – if it breaks easily, it’s time to dig up that spool! Make sure the thread you are using is not too thick.
Threads that are not intended to be used with sewing machines for things like “buttonhole” or “quilt”. Do careful sewing with monofilament or metal thread, they are notorious for using!
6.After spreading the machine again, pull the bobbin thread up through the hole in the needle plate.
Do this by holding the thread through the eye of the needle and turning the palm of the hand to one side. A loop of bobbin thread should come out of the hole in the needle plate. Remove it so that you have 2 ends of the thread and then follow the step in n. …
7.Always start sewing while holding the upper and lower threads
This prevents it from snagging at the bottom of your project and inside the coil area.
8.Always start and stop sewing with the thread take-up lever in the highest position.
For non-computerized machines, this tip is very important! There is a tension lever that looks like a brontosaurus head on the left side of the machine above the needle. Ensure that the lever is always raised by rotating the steering wheel to the right of the machine on its side.
When you stop and start with the lever in the highest position continuously, you make sure that the machine has finished stitching.
If you try to pull your project with a lever in another position, you can hold the machine in mid-stitch and it will pull what looks like 3-4 threads from your machine and maybe remove your project.
I also have a difficult time. If you start sewing without this lever at the top, you will often find that your machine comes without threading, which can get frustrated very quickly.
9.Keep your machine clean and well oiled
Make a habit of cleaning the bobbin area of your sewing machine every time you change the bobbin. Just use a small brush to get in and clean. Do not use canned air or a blowing machine because it is easily packed in work.
Many modern appliances do not require oiling, but older machines or machines have metal coils. Again, this is where the manual comes in handy! You will need to find out what your machine needs.
Use only high-quality sewing machine oil in your machine. If you have ignored these steps, you will be surprised how happy your machine will be with a little cleaning and smoothness.
10.Don’t forget to breathe!
Many people do not understand that learning sewing and learning to use a sewing machine are really 2 different skills! It can be easy to get frustrated learning both skills at the same time.
If you are upset with your machine, find someone who knows how to sew to help you or take a class. There are tons of resources online that can help a lot, but often someone with you is the best solution.