How to Use a Sewing Machine: Learning to Sew on a Machine
By: Kaylee Pope, Editor, AllFreeSewing.com
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While hand sewing is all well and good for small details and embroidery, when it comes to the art of sewing these days you absolutely and positively need to know how to use a sewing machine. In this fast paced world, sewing by hand is just not to be an option, and we’re not that upset about it here at AllFreeSewing.com. We love sewing machines! These wonderful devices make our lives so much easier.
The problem is that when you are learning to sew, using a sewing machine can be intimidating. It has a motor, a million other parts (okay, maybe dozens), and a sharp needle! If you do not know how to use a sewing machine, the whole process can be absurdly intimidating. Just getting started is confusing and all those moving pieces and that whirring sound of the motor you will come to love can almost seem monstrous. We get that! That is why we have decided to compile this informational, helpful, and printable guide to how to use a sewing machine. How to Use a Sewing Machine: Learning to Sew is going to tell you absolutely everything you need to know about that first machine and that first sewing sit down! You do not need to take sewing classes, because the editors of AllFreeSewing.com are right here with you!
How to Use a Sewing Machine: Learning to Sew on a Machine
Table of Contents
Choosing a Sewing Machine: Best Sewing Machine for Beginners
Sewing Machine Basics: Parts of a Sewing Machine
How to Use a Sewing Machine: Getting Your Machine Ready
How to Use a Sewing Machine
How to Sew with a Sewing Machine
Since we are the go-to spot for sewing patterns and sewing tutorials, we receive a ton of emails about what product is the best sewing machine for beginners. Newbies always want to know the magical product name or serial number for what machine is the absolute best for someone that is just learning. The truth is there is not a perfect answer to this question! We could list a handful of simple sewing machines that would do the job, but this is an investment and you want to invest in the best sewing machine for beginners that is also the best sewing machine for YOU!
Before you even learn how to use a sewing machine, you are going to need a sewing machine. If you are checking out this post sans a sewing machine, that is entirely okay. We have a few tips on how to choose the sewing machine that is right for you. There’s a ton of options out there and we want to make sure you choose the best sewing machine for beginners that will do everything you want it to do. Just like buying a brand new car, what sewing machine you decide to buy is really dependent on what you want to make and how you are going to use it. If you are going to do a lot of sewing, something sturdy is important. If you are just testing out the craft, something cheaper will do (for now).
You should look for the following in your first sewing machine:
- Weight: A good sewing machine is going to be sturdy. If a machine has a good weight is going to ensure that it is going to stay put on the table.
- The Straight Stitch: This is the stitch you are going to use while learning how to use a sewing machine. If you do not like how this particular stitch feels, you are not going to like the rest of the stitches.
- Strength: If you are going to do something that takes a bit more power like sewing onto denim of making quilts, you are going to want a strong machine.
- Speed: You will want a machine that goes at a speed you enjoy. If you are a quick creator, a sewing machine that putts along will drive you crazy. Conversely, if that’s your style, something that is extra speedy might stress you out. Do keep in mind, however, that most high quality machines allow you to adjust for speed.
- Bells and Whistles: Does the machine do everything you want it to do? Know what you need out of the machine before you buy it. If you are going to want to embroider, quilt, or more, something pricier with more options is the type of machine you are looking for. The best sewing machine for beginners will have a great straight stitch, a zig zag stitch, and a button hole.
So, you found the sewing machine that is perfect for you, unboxed it, plugged it in, reveled in how shiny it is, and now you are wondering what’s next. Before you begin to learn how to sew with a sewing machine, you need to familiarize yourself with the machine in front of you. You cannot learn how to use a sewing machine if you do not know all about the sewing machine. Knowing the parts of a sewing machine is an important part of learning how a sewing machine works. The below video explains each and every integral part of a sewing machine perfectly.
Once you have learned the parts that appear on just about every sewing machine known to man, you should also familiarize yourself with your own sewing machine. You picked that beauty out for a reason and now it is time to learn all about it. Reading the manual for your sewing machine should be your next step. This useful little document will tell you exactly everything your machine does and how to use YOUR sewing machine. Most machines are very similar, but those little differences and quirks to your machine can be hard to tackle if you do not know they exist.
After all of that purchasing and researching, you are finally ready to learn how to use a sewing machine and well on your way knowing the ins and outs of sewing on a sewing machine. Before you begin sewing on your machine, you will need to know how to thread your sewing machine. If a machine is not threaded, you can’t sew.
Check out the following tutorial on how to thread a sewing machine to prepare your machine for its first project! You are well on your way to being an expert on how to use a sewing machine! This tutorial on threading your machine, Sewing Machine Maintenance: How to Thread a Sewing Machine from our friend Remona Gopaul from theStitchingScientist.com has everything you need to know on the process.
Note: Always be sure to read your sewing machine’s manual before trying this out. Not all machines are created equal.
Learning how to use a sewing machine is not exactly something you want to read. A step-by-step guide just will not make any sense. This is why we have asked Angel Peterson to show us how to sew with a sewing machine. This short and super helpful sewing video will tell you everything you need to know about learning how to sew on a sewing machine.
Want to know even more about sewing on a sewing machine? This helpful guide to sewing machine has even more information on using your sewing machine. From picking needle sizes to rewinding your bobbin, Parts of a Sewing Machine: How to Wind a Bobbin, Sewing Machine Needle Sizes, Etc will be sure to answer all of your questions.
Finally! You’re ready to actually start learning to sew a stitch on your machine. Learning how to sew with a sewing machine is surprisingly easy. The process of getting started can be hard, but once you get going you are not going to want to stop (fair warning). Before you dive deep into all of the projects you have been dreaming up, learn how to sew on a sewing machine by checking out the straight stitch. The Sewing Machine Straight Stitch is the setting you will be using the most on your machine, so it is imperative that you master it! Practice sewing on your machine on some scrap fabric before you really get going. This free sewing video starring Angel Peterson on the Sewing Machine Straight Stitch is an excellent resource.
Still having trouble mastering that straight line? Check out this sewing hack post on How to Sew a Straight Line with Your Machine from yours truly. You will never guess how easy peasy it is to learn!
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