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Men's Guide to Using a Sewing Machine

Sewing can help you preserve your current clothes, and allow you to create new clothes. Even if you do not plan on sewing your own outfits, it is important to understand the basics of sewing machine use so that you can hem your own pants or repair a small rip. Using a sewing machine is not difficult, but you do need to understand the basic parts and how to operate it. It is important that you pay attention to safety because you can be injured by the needle. The best sewing machine to learn on is the one that you already have or your mother's or wife's basic sewing machine. If you want to learn and you do not have a machine, you may be able to find machines through a community class or at a community college.

The first step is to thread your machine and bobbin. You will need to choose a thread that matches your project. Usually you should choose thread that is of the same or similar material for the project. For example, if you are sewing silk you will want silk. If you are sewing a cotton poly blend, you will want a cotton poly thread. Cotton poly thread is the most versatile thread, and you should have it on hand since it will work with most of your sewing projects. Once you have chosen your thread, you will need to wrap it around the bobbin. Simply wrap it around the bobbin a few times. At the top of your machine, you should find the place to put your spool of thread and a place to put your bobbin. If you switch this over, you can wind the bobbin by depressing the sewing foot. Make sure to keep your fingers clear of the needle.

Once your bobbin is wound, cut the thread, and then thread the machine. It is important to do this properly to make sure that the tension is there for the machine to work. You may want to check with your handbook to make sure you are doing it correctly for your machine. You will guide the thread around the bobbin post, to the thread tensioner, and through the sewing machine needle guide where you will thread the needle. Then you will need to load your bobbin, and pull the thread up by using the wheel on the side to move your needle by hand. This is one of the basics of sewing machine usage. You may want to change the size of your needle depending on the thickness of the fabric you are sewing. Referring to a sewing machine needle guide can help you make the correct choice.

Once you have threaded the needle and bobbin, you are ready to begin sewing. The best sewing machine to learn on is the one that you have available to you and that you can use on a regular basis. You do not want to start out with an overly complicated machine. You can prepare your fabric for sewing by pinning it together. This will ensure straight seams, and prevent you from trying to fix crooked hems later.

Put the fabric under the presser foot and lower the presser foot down. The guide along the side of the presser foot can help you keep the seams straight. Choose how much room you want between the edge of the fabric and the seam and follow that line. Push down on the sewing machine pedal and feed the fabric through. When you first begin sewing, you will need to reverse directions to lock the stitches into place. There should be a lever you can push to do this. You will do the same thing when you finish the seam that you are working on. As you sew make sure you remove the pins, before they reach the needle. You can break a needle and hurt yourself if you sew over a pin. Once you are finished trim the threads and you are done.

Sewing Machine Basics

  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Threading a Sewing Machine: This guide will help you to learn how to thread your sewing machine. It is complete with pictures.
  • Sewing Machine 101: This page explains all of the parts of a sewing machine, how to use them and what they are for. This is a good resource if you are not at all familiar with using a sewing machine.
  • Threading the Bernina 1008: This document shows you how to thread the Bernina sewing machine. It also talks about choosing the correct stitch and tension for your project. This will be helpful if you are not sure on how to thread or choose the stitch for your project.
  • Sewing Machine Safety: This guide takes you through all the basics to keep you safe when you are sewing. It is a must read if you have never sewn before. This can prevent you from receiving injuries from improper equipment usage.
  • Sewing Machine: This is a brief overview of the history of sewing machines and how they have evolved over time.

Getting Started on Your Project

  • Choosing Fabric for Your Project: This page will help you choose the best fabrics for your projects. This is important because it will allow you to create items that will last and that will come together more easily.
  • Choosing the Right Needle for Your Project: The size of needle you use depends on the thickness of the thread and the heaviness of the material you are using. Learn more about how to choose the right needle.
  • Choosing the Right Thread and Bobbin: This explains how to choose good thread for your project.
  • A Guide Pattern for Home Sewing: This is an extensive document that explains the basics of sewing most patterns. It explains how to sew in collars, zippers, and buttonholes.
  • Learn to Sew: This guide will show you how to secure your beginning and ending stitches on a sewing machine.