How To Use A Sewing Machine (Tension, Sewing Tips)

How To Use A Sewing Machine

First let’s take a took at the three button. The first one is tension, it controls the tension of the top thread. See it can roll to adjust, ranging from 0to 9, the higher the number is the stronger the tension (on the thread) is.

See the lines between 3, 4 and 5, it means this range is the most commonly used. Which tension to use is really depending on the material, I often use 3 for cotton, like t-shirt and viscose material. So for starter we set it as 3. The second one is here, it means the length of the stitches, ranging from 0 to 4, the higher the number is the longer each stitch is.

I usually use 2 or 2 and half. The third one is this roller here, it has all different kinds of stitches on it. You can roll it to select different stitches, and as I roll it you can see the position of the needle also changes, that means it is changing to different stitch. The most commonly used one is the straight stitch, it has two, one is the needle is in the centre, and the other one is when the needle is positioned on the right. We will use with the center one for our practice.

All the three buttons you can play around once you are more familiar with the machine, see all the detailed functions, but first let’s use the basic ones to start sewing. I found this old cotton tank top for practicing, like I said before I recommend to use cotton or viscose material for practicing. Because they are not too thick like jeans or too thin like chiffon, they are easier to work with on sewing machine for beginners.

Put the threads to the back, so they can not get under the needle and being cut off once you are sewing. Now put it under the pressor foot, flip this lever on the back down, so the fabric can stuck under the pressor foot. Now all we need to do is press the foot pedal like we did when wind the bobbin, Yeah hh, now you are sewing!! See the machine moves the fabric down automatically, you do not need to pull the fabric when sewing, we only use our hands to help it a little bit to make sure it does not get tangled or folded.

When you finish practicing one line, you can stop the foot pedal, then the needle will stop sewing. Sometimes the needle is still in the fabric after you stop the foot pedal, now we need to use the hand wheel on the side, turn it towards you until the needle is all the way up, then we can pull the fabric out, we need a little bit of power to pull the threads out. On the side of the machine here has a thread cutter, so you can cut off the thread. Now you have finished the first sewing line,and check how it looks. It looks pretty good, very even stitches.

And that is nice feeling of accomplishment, right?! Another tip I want to add is this handle here,it is for the back stitch, when you hold it down the sewing stitch will go backwards. The most common use is to lock the stitches. When we did the first sewing line just now, it was without the back stitch, see the stitch can open like this, it’s like dominos, after one stitch is open, the rest can open very soon. You don’t want that.

We will do a new line, after sewing the first few stitches, we use this to pull it down, to make a few back stitches, see, it’s going backwards, then the stitches will be locked or intertwined together, so it does not open anymore. See! So that’s all the basics for get sewing started, I hope these posts are helpful, if they are please give me a thumps up.

Happy sewing everyone~~~.


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