When you are getting a new automatic sewing machine, you may wonder how to use it and where you should start sewing. Don’t worry! In this article, all your questions will be solved. After finishing the reading, you will get the knowledge of how to use an automatic sewing machine and how to start your first sewing experience. Come on!
Preparation for Using An Automatic Sewing Machine
It can be frustrating trying to concentrate through a bunch of different distractions. Choose a location that’s as quiet as possible so there is less stress for you to deal with. Make sure you set the automatic machine at a level that is comfortable for you.
Be sure to have a clean surface too before you begin. Fuzzies, dust, pet hair, and all sorts of other things will stick in the fabric as you spread it out to work. If you haven’t done so already be sure to also wash your fabric before you begin.
If you want to use pins to hold the fabric together, you’ll want to have those ready as well. Lastly, be sure to take one more look over the parts so that you have a good understanding of what everything is and where it is located.
How to Use Your Automatic Sewing Machine
Setting Up to Sew
This can be a daunting task but once it is all set up the hard part over. The only time you will ever have to move it again is for a tune-up and if you’re not using it a lot might mean decades before it needs anything replaced. To get started, you’ll want to do the following:
Turn on your machine (usually on the right side of most devices)
On the top, you’ll want to locate the spool pin. That’s where you are going to be placing your spools of thread. Pop one on there, keeping the loose end free. The free end will be fed through the thread guide. This is usually a geometric metal piece on the top left of the machine.
Feed the thread through and thread guide by using the bobbin-winder. The bobbin-winder is located to the right of the spool pin (where you put the thread). The bobbin-winder and stopper work together along with the spool of thread to wind the thread onto the bobbin before you start sewing.
Next, you’ll want to look for the stitch adjustment buttons. Different models place them in different areas. Turning it to a specific setting will determine what type of stitch you want to create. Twist it forward or backward to make a selection.
After you’ve decided on a design for your first stitch, find the take-up lever. This will allow you to actually thread your machine, (it’s the lever with the two cut-in grooves on the top left of your machine).
Check the tension dial
It is a small numbered wheel near the take-up lever. If the tension is too tight the needle will be pulled to the right and if it is too loose, the thread will loop on the bottom of the fabric you’re sewing.
Locate the needle clamp screw.
The metal piece holds the needle in place while you sew. It looks similar to a nail and sticks out toward the right side of the needle itself.
Find the presser foot.
The metal attachment can be found beneath the needle clamp screw. The foot shape design makes it easy to spot. It presses down on the fabric while you work.
Different models have a slightly different setup so be sure to go over your instruction manual to double-check and make sure everything is positioned correctly.
Your First Sewing Experience
Start with a basic straight stitch. It’s less complicated and less likely to error as you work. Most seams use a basic stitch. Others will default to a zigzag for a seam but you can always learn those later. Grab some practice material. You can usually buy these cheap from fabric and craft stores. You want something woven, not knit and nothing heavy. Stick with light fabric. Avoid denim and flannel because they are very thick to work with.
- Line the fabric beneath the needle.
- Check to be sure your lighting is good.
- Keep your fabric to the left of the machine as you work.
- Avoid pulling the fabric through the machine
- Hold the loose ends of both threads (only for the first few stitches, just to get it going).
- Press down on the foot pedal on your automatic sewing machine. Ease your foot into it. Stomping will cause an unsatisfactorily result.
- Never force the material.
- Explore using the reverse feature if your machine has it. This will help you practice for when you want to finish a seam.
- Use the handle to move the needle to the highest position. If the thread pulls back when you attempt to remove the fabric, you’ll want to check the needle position.
- Once you’ve removed your fabric, simply cut the thread.
After you’ve successfully sewed your first seam take a moment to evaluate it. Take note if it looks numerous and clustered anywhere. When you increase your speed it’s easier to lose control. Maintaining a constant speed takes time and patience. You may also wish to consider the length of your seam as well. There will always be room for improvement. Stick with it and you’ll be sewing like a pro in no time!