Your Very First Sewing Project

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First Sewing Project

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You may have a dream to be a professional but you have no ideas where to start sewing. It seems that today may become your great day to try sewing. Nowadays, you do not need to buy a guidebook on how to sew correctly because you can learn in from the internet. The fact is that sewing is not that difficult to learn. It is just like putting puzzles together and then you just need to stitch the clothes using threads.

Some of the people prefer sewing because they love it while the others like sewing because they want to earn money by running a sewing business. If you can sew, then you can create your own dress at home to save money by using any fabrics and colors you love. For instance, you can start with making a pillow for the easiest try. You can only prepare some squares of fabrics and then stitch them permanently. Besides, it is also no need any decoration and pattern. Just cut the fabrics into two pieces and then sew them.

Once you succeed making a pillow, then you can continue your project by creating a simple dress. It can be a self-pride to you when you finally succeed to make a simple dress for your first try. This will make you stimulated and you must want to create another one until finally you really understand how to make a great clothing.

Maybe, this your very first time to sew and you do not know what tools and items you need for your first project. Well, there are several items you need to buy. Here are some of the items that you must have.

  • A basic Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Pins and Needles
  • Fabric
  • Scissor
  • A pattern
  • Fusible Interfacing

Once you have those items, then you can start with putting the thread on the sewing machine. You can read the guidebook available in the sewing machine since each sewing machine has a different way to do this.

After that, you need to put all of those sewing kits on a table. Regarding the use of the pattern, you need to read the provided instruction so that you can make a simple dress according to the pattern and try to understand it. Each pattern has its own instruction that you can find it at the back of the pattern. It is important to understand every single direction so that you do not make a mistake in cutting the fabric.

For your first project, you are recommended to

or designs. One more thing is that you can choose the lightweight fabric. If not, you will get some difficulties to make a good cloth. You may try the complex one after you succeed with your first project. You can also check the quality of your fabric by washing it and then drain it out. You will notice that the fabric will shrink where you cannot wear after washing it.

Once you have a proper fabric, put the fabric on the pattern and pin it. You can read the provided instruction if you do not know how to do it. After that, you can start cutting the fabric slowly using the scissor. Also, you need to make sure that the scissor is sharp enough.

Most of the patterns provide instruction on how to sew the pattern properly in order to create a cool dress. This first project may need time so you have to be patient and keep going. In this case, you must understand every step clearly before you start sewing. After you understand it completely, then you can start to sew the pieces.

Now, you can try to finish your project and it is normal when you make a mistake. If you do not understand it, then you can actually call your friends who are good at sewing. Certainly, they must be really glad to help you solve your sewing matters. Then, you can continue your sewing project and finish it. Once the dress is done, then you can try to wear it and you must be really proud to wear a dress that you sew by yourself. Well, you must be ready to start your second project in the next day.

Buying A Cheap Sewing Machine For Learning

Buying cheap sewing machineThere are so many people who are able to sew and they have their own reasons to do it. Some people are sewing because they love it and the others are sewing because they want to make money. The fact is that learning how to sew is not that expensive if you can. Many people think that sewing machines are expensive, but they are actually not. Some of the sewing machine types are expensive, but you can still choose the affordable one.

Fortunately, you can buy an affordable sewing machine available in the market. The price depends on the quality and type of the sewing machine. Somehow, you are recommended to buy a well-known branded sewing machine so that you do not have difficulties to find the spare parts when it has a problem.

There are some popular brands that manufacture some high-quality sewing machine for all of the sewing lovers. You may buy a sewing machine made by Brother, Singer, Elna, Pfaff, and much more. Those are several famous sewing machine brands that are used by professional tailors. Those brands have all types of sewing machine starting from the mechanical sewing machine, electronic sewing machine, up to the computerized sewing machine.

If you only need a sewing machine to learn it, then you do not need to buy the advanced one. You may only need a basic sewing machine or mechanical sewing machine that can do basic stitches. Once you master how to sew very well, then you can replace your old sewing machine with the advanced one.

Buying a second-hand sewing machine can also be a good idea if you really cannot afford the new one. You may buy it online or you can buy it from your friend. There are so many second-hand sewing machines that you can buy for fewer than 30 dollars. Somehow, you need to realize that a second-hand sewing machine may have a bad condition. You never know whether the sewing machine will last for a long time or it will be broken in a few days. It is not a big deal at all when buying a sewing machine from a popular brand because you can find the spare parts easily just in case it has some issues.

It is advisable for you to buy a vintage sewing machine that is made from cast metal. Though it is quite heavy, it is still really strong enough as well as the spare parts are still available in the market now. But, this kind of sewing machine is only for straight stitching, not for a fancy stitching. This is a really basic sewing machine with fewer features. If you want more features, then you can buy the advanced one. When dealing with sewing kits, then you are recommended to buy the new ones for needles and pins. Most of the basic sewing kits are not expensive, so you must afford it.

Finally, you have all of the items needed to sew starting from the sewing machine and the sewing kits. Now, you can start to learn to sew at home or you can learn it in a sewing course if you want. You can learn it by yourself by reading some guidebooks or ask some experts if you want to know more.

The Necessity Of New Sewing Machine

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Sewing can be a hobby for certain people and the others may consider that sewing is a must to earn money. Whatever their reasons for having sewing machines are, they must be really happy with their sewing machine. There are a lot of sewing machines that you can buy in the market. But, not all of the sewing machines suit you. Therefore, before you buy a sewing machine, you need to consider several things.

The first is that you have to know what you want to sew after having a sewing machine. There are a lot of things that you can do with sewing. If you only want to sew your ripped clothes, then you may need a mechanical sewing machine. You do not need to waste your money to buy an expensive and advanced sewing machine to sew some simple project. A mechanical and basic machine may be enough for you. But, if you really want to make some complex stitches, then advanced sewing machine can be a good idea to make it easier. It is all your decision to buy any kinds of sewing machines.

The second is whether you will sew frequently when you have a sewing machine. You probably have never tried sewing before and want to learn it. For a beginner, you do not need to buy an advanced sewing machine at an expensive price because the basic one can be a good idea for your first try. You may like it after using it for a few days. If you do not like it, then you can leave it. Besides, you can also buy a sewing machine from your friend to know whether you like it or not. Once you like it, then you can buy one. In addition, you also need to make sure that the sewing machine is comfortable and easy to use.

The third is that you also need to consider the features that you really want to get. There are three types of sewing machines that have different features. The mechanical sewing machine is the basic one with fewer features. The second type is electronic sewing machine that is easier and better than the mechanical one. Or you can also choose the advanced one using a computerized sewing machine. If you only need the basics features, then you can buy the mechanical sewing machine or the electronic one that uses power to operate.

The fourth is that you have enough money to buy your favorite sewing machine. Of course, buying a sewing machine according to your budget is more important. You do not need to buy the expensive one if you only need some basics features. If you want to buy the cheaper one, then you need to buy a mechanical sewing machine. But, if you have a lot of money to afford the advanced one, then you can buy a computerized sewing machine for the ultimate features.

Well, those are several aspects that you have to know before buying a sewing machine. Once you know what you really want, then you can find your favorite sewing machine or at least you do a little observation to choose the proper one. You can ask the seller to know the product quality or you can also read some reviews from other users. Since there are some sewing machine brands available in the market, then you must be smart before buying it. All of the brands are really popular among the people and you only need to decide your favorite one. If you cannot afford a new sewing machine, then you can buy a second-hand sewing machine but you also need to try it to make sure that the sewing machine works normally.

How to Repair Your Home Sewing Machine?

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The sewing machine is really useful to help you make some cool dresses by your own way. You do not want to waste your money to buy some dresses in malls, and then you can make one by using a home sewing machine. Nowadays, the sewing machine is no longer an exclusive item because most of the people have one at their homes. A sewing machine is a tool that cannot be easily damaged but sometimes it still has a little problem.

What will you do when your sewing machine has a problem?

You may call a repairman to fix it, but you need to pay for the service. Moreover, it can also be quite expensive to hire a repairman. You may be deceived by the repairman and he may say that your sewing machine has a lot of problems and needs a lot of repairs. Therefore, it is advisable for you to have some knowledge about fixing your broken sewing machine. When you see that your sewing machine is malfunctioning, then you can start to fix it alone.

You do not need to master all of the components of the sewing machine or at least you understand how it works. In addition, you also need to have a little knowledge about it. It is sufficient to make your sewing machine remain work. Some of the sewing machines only have simple issues that you can fix it quickly, so you do not need to call a repairman to fix it.

The common thing that may happen to your sewing machine is that it does not work properly. Of course, there are some reasons why your sewing machine gets into a trouble. For instance, you may not clean it up regularly. So, you are highly recommended to clean it up every day to make sure that your sewing machine always works normally.

You need also to read the manual from the makers. Some of the parts may need lubricant to work, so you can add some lubricant as it is instructed. Particularly for those who always use their sewing machine every day, it seems that you need to understand the basic knowledge of sewing machine repair. This will really beneficial just in case your sewing machine is in trouble, then you can fix it directly without calling a repairman.

You can also read some information about how to repair sewing machines so that it will work normally. Besides, the basic sewing machine repair is not that difficult and you can learn it step by step. You can learn and practice how to repair it once your sewing machine gets a problem. If you get used to repairing it, then you will understand the problem and you can help your friends to repair their sewing machines.

What tools do you really need to do the repair?

The first thing to consider is sewing machine oil. Then, you also need to buy drive belt and you need to have it before the current belt is broken. The sewing machine oil is really important as the lubricant so that the wheels can run smoothly. Next, you need to prepare a vacuum cleaner that can suck any dust. You also must not forget to by White Lithium Grease which is as important as the oil. Screwdrivers to open some parts and the last are tweezers to reach any small area around the sewing machine.

The Basic Treatment for Your Sewing Machine

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Cleaning up your sewing machine can be a basic treatment for your sewing machine. You must not forget it because it is really important to make your sewing machine keep working. Doing regular maintenance is really important to prevent it from big damage. So, you are no need to call a repairman to fix it.  How to do this basic treatment to make your sewing machine remain working? The first step is using the screwdriver that you have already prepared. Remove all of the covers from the tops to the bottom and you also need to take off the thread bobbin plate. Now, it is time to use the vacuum cleaner and suck all of the dirt and dust from there. Tweezers can be used to remove and clean some unused threads inside.

After that, you can go on cleaning the gear teeth. The black old grease or any dirt can be cleaned using a small cloth or just vacuum it. Next, you can give some lubricant around the gears and put some new grease on it. Then, you can put them all together back. It is really easy to do this simple treatment and it can be done really fast. Once you have done with it, then you can see the result. You are recommended to do this cleaning regularly at least once a month.

Performing Belt Treatment Regularly

Instead of gears, the belt is also the most important part that you have to pay attention to before it goes damaged. It is a normal condition if your belt does not work properly after you use the sewing machine for a long time. It is time for you to replace it. You need to buy a new belt before the current belt is damaged so you can directly replace it. If you want to use the belt for a long time, then you can do a regular maintenance. You need to open the belt cover and check the belt if it is still tight enough or loose. If it is not damaged yet and it looks too loose, then you can tighten it up. You can adjust the tightness according to your wishes. Once you have done with it, then you can put the cover back. You can start to use the sewing machine again. Remember, you need to check the belt on regular basis or at least once a week. And do not forget to buy a new belt for a backup just in case the used belt is broken and you can replace it anytime you want.

Organizing Your Sewing Room for Your First Project

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One of the most important things to consider when you want to start sewing is a table and a place to sew. Having a sewing table and a special room can be the best way to focus on your sewing project. Perhaps, you have no room yet, then you can use your dining room and use your dining table to sew or you can also use your office desk. But, it is actually not a proper table for sewing because it may be too high for you and you cannot feel comfortable with it. In fact, you can actually buy a sewing cabinet or sewing table when you want to feel comfortable when sewing. You can buy so many sewing cabinets that are available in the market.  This sewing cabinet has been designed specifically for a sewing machine that has a proper height. In some cases, you are no longer need a sewing cabinet or table when buying a sewing machine because it already has been built inside the table. This type allows you to drop down if only you do not use the sewing machine.

Sewing cabinet or table actually has been designed specifically with some small drawers around the cabinet. Some of these drawers are put on the left and right side of the table while you can put your knee under the cabinet. You can pull the drawer out when you want to take your sewing kits and you can store your thread spools and other sewing accessories inside the drawers. Perhaps, those drawers can only store limited items, but when you need more drawers, then you can use extra drawers made by your own.

You may buy some sets of plastic drawers that are available in the market such as scrapbooking storage, craft storage, and much more. Those are other options when you need more storage to store your sewing kits because it is really easy to use and roll. Overall, it is all your decision because you can use anything to store your sewing kits. Moreover, you are recommended some small boxes that you can put them into a cabinet or any small boxes that you can place under your bed. Use your creativity to make some good boxes for your sewing kits.

You need to know that some of the sewing accessories are made of iron. If you want to make them easy to reach, then you are recommended to use a long magnetic bar that you can put on the wall. You can buy this magnetic bar in some hardware shop in your city. It is really helpful because some small accessories made from the iron will be attached to the bar. You can put a small scissor, needle, seam ripper, and anything that is made from iron.

Another important thing that you also need to have is pattern and fabric storage. These are not small items that you can put in your sewing drawers. You need a special place such as a big box that you can put under the bed. This is a common issue when you do not have any special room for sewing activity. You can also use your cloth hangers to store your fabric to make it remain clean and neat. If you want to store your patterns, then you can use cardboard boxes that you can buy in some stores or you can also use a file folder boxes for a better storage. You can use this folder box to put two patterns at once just in case the patterns do not fit the package anymore.


Suppose you are still working on your project but you do not finish it yet, then you can fold the fabric along with the patterns and put them on a cloth hanger using a clip. You can put the hanger into a cabinet that fits it. In the next, you can continue the project and take the fabric from the hanger and then work again. Or you can also name each hanger when you have some projects so that you can find them easily. ‘

What about cutting out your patterns? Of course, you need a table to make an easy cutting. Most of the people use craft table, kitchen table, or any flat things to cut it easily. The most important thing is to choose a proper surface that is not too low or too high for you to prevent you from fatigue. The proper height for the table is approximately 35 inches if you choose to stand in cutting it or you can choose the lower one with 30 high if you choose sitting on a chair. Moreover, you need a table with 120 cm long and comfortable width according to your wishes. In fact, you can also buy a special cutting mat with a large size that is equipped with a rotary cutter. However, most of the people use their table to adjust their patterns rather than cutting the patterns. But, it is all your decision.

What about the pressing area for sewing? Somehow, you are required to press seams when you are about to sew. You can choose an iron board to help you deal with it. Then, you can use some towers that you can layer on a table and you are recommended to use a heat resistant material to do it or you can use a cork table to do the pressing. The last thing that you need to consider when sewing is a chair and the room floor. You can use an office chair that is quite flexible to move it and roll it. You can also adjust the height of the chair so that your feet can still reach the floor and the sewing pedal. If you want to build sewing room, then you are not recommended to use smooth flooring.  Moreover, it is advisable for you to choose linoleum flooring so that you can easily pick any dropped pins or you can also use a magnetic pin holder to take it.

Sewing Machine Parts

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Sewing machines can be found in houses or in factories. They can be used to sew different types of fabrics and materials together. In this article we will talk about the different parts of the sewing machine:

  1. Bed: This is used to provide an appropriate work area that will allow the materials being sewn to move properly and easily. When the bed is not appropriate, the work is more time consuming.
  2. Spool pin: It holds the spool of thread.
  3. Bobbin binder spindle: The bobbin is placed here during winding.
  4. Bobbin winder stopper: This pulls the thread after each stitch to prevent tangling of the thread.
  5. Foot Pedal: This is something that you push with your feet to control the sewing machine. It is used to move the needle up and down.
  6. Stitch width dial: This can be adjusted and moved to set the width of the stitches on your sewing machine when you are doing decorative or zigzag stitches. It also allows you to put the needle in the middle of the presser foot when you are doing straight stitches.
  7. Pattern selector dial: This can be used to choose between different types of stitches and patterns.
  8. Hand wheel: This is a manual control that controls the up and down movement of the needle in the material.
  9. Stitch length dial: This is a dial or controller that you can use to choose between short and long stitches to suit your preferences.
  10. Reverse stitch lever: This allows you to stitch backwards and to go back with your needle to secure your stitches.
  11. Power switch: This enables the sewing machine to work and is usually found on the front, on the right or at the back of the sewing machine. Some older models didn’t have a power switch and would work as soon as they are plugged in.
  12. Bobbin winder thread guide: This guides the thread to fill in the bobbin evenly to avoid overfeeding.
  13. Thread tension dial: This adjusts the tension of the stitches making them tight or loose to suit different types of materials.
  14. Thread take-up lever: This is a lever that feeds the thread from the spool to the needle.
  15. Needle clamp screw: This will hold the needle in its place and must be loosened if you need to replace the needle.
  16. Presser foot: This holds the fabric in place against the feed dogs while sewing.
  17. Bobbin cover: This secures and holds the bobbin in place while the machine is working.
  18. Bobbin cover release button: This will release the bobbin when you want to feed new thread.
  19. Feed dog: These will help guide the fabric beneath the presser foot while sewing and will keep the material in place.
  20. Needle: This is the most essential part of the sewing machine that will sew different materials together. Some sewing machines will have more than one needle.
  21. Needle plate: This is a metal plate that is placed under the needle and the presser foot and will help to move the fabric forward.
  22. Hand Wheel: This is a large wheel on the side of the sewing machine that is used to control the up and down movement of the needle and the thread take up lever. It should be rotated in your direction.
  23. Feed Dogs: These are some kind of metal teeth that will move the fabric during stitching.
  24. Plug Socket: This will connect the sewing machine to electricity to make the machine work.
  25. Stitch tension adjustment: This will change the tension of the thread to make it loose or tight depending on what you need your stitches to be like.
  26. Back-sew button: This will allow you to sew to the back if you want to make your stitches secure.

  27. Stitch Width Selector: This selector will allow you to choose between wide and narrow stitches depending on what is appropriate for the material you are stitching and the type of stitches you want to have.
  28. Thread Guides: These are loops and hooks that guide the upper thread through the sewing machine to help the thread be fed smoothly.
  29. Throat Plate: This is a piece of metal located under the presser foot on the bed of the machine. It keeps the stitching straight and protects the bobbin and its case.
  30. Sewing Head: This holds the needle and some of the internal parts of the sewing machine.
  31. Arm Shaft: This is an internal arm inside the sewing machine that connects the hand wheel and the machine pulley to the needle in order to move it up and down.
  32. Horizontal Arm: This covers the arm shaft and connects to the sewing head.
  33. Machine Pulley: This is a wheel on a shaft that will transform movement.
  34. Connecting rods: These transform the motion from one moving part in the machine to another. In the case of sewing machines they transform the movement from the wheel to the needle.
  35. Spool Cap: This holds the thread on horizontal of spool pins. Understanding the different types of the sewing machine and how they work will help you better use it and maintain it.

The Growth and Development of Sewing Machine from Time to Time

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When did the human being firstly sew? The fact is that sewing was firstly begun thousands of years ago since the ice age. However, there was no sewing machine at that time and the first needle was made from bone. Until a thousand year later, the human being still did not use a sewing machine as we use today. Finally, in 19th centuries, the first sewing machine was found and became the best industrial revolution in that era.

The industrial sewing machine was really giving a big impact to the worldwide economy because it had a big role to help people make clothes fast. Some of the garment producers finally decided to use a sewing machine to produce their products. Using sewing machines, they could sew so many clothes faster and more accurate. It was known to be better than hand sewing. Hand sewing could not do fast sewing while sewing machines could do a lot of sewing and some kinds of stitching. In addition, some of the features were only found in industrial sewing machine because the sewing machines were not manufactured for personal use.

USA, UK, and France were three countries that developed industrial sewing machines in that era. However, no country could say that the sewing machine equipment was made by their scientists because some of the countries really had big roles in the development of sewing machines that were used for the garment industry. Thomas Saint had the first patent for the development of this industrial sewing machine. This sewing machine was not only used for clothes sewing but also used for canvas and leather. The concept of the machine was imitated the way human was sewing. Until finally, two men namely Edward and William came to improve the development of industrial sewing machine to become better than the previous one.

Barthélemy Thimonnier

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Since the emergence of the industrial sewing machine, the factory did not need more people to do the sewing because the sewing machine could do better and faster. Barthelemy Thimmonier was a patent from France that produced a lot of uniforms for France armies using sewing machines. Until finally, there were a lot of tailors that were no longer needed and jobless. These tailors were angry and began to destroy the sewing machines.

 

 

Walter Hunt

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Walter Hunt sewing machine was found in 1834 which was able to make locked stitch using the second thread. He also found a safety pin on his sewing machine. He had never got a patent name until Elias Howe was credited because he found a new sewing machine and designed it by himself. He only made it but his friend spent some money to develop his sewing machine. He wanted to sell his sewing machine overseas but when he got back to his country, he noticed that someone had plagiarized his sewing machine. Finally, he sued someone who had stolen his invention and he wanted some money because someone had copied his sewing machine. Luckily, he won the court.

However, Howe could not smile happily because he actually had a competitor from the same country. He was Isaac M. Singer who also built his own sewing machine and got patented in 1851. His sewing machine was really different from other sewing machines because it was designed with an arm that overhung a table. Moreover, it was only designed to drop down the needle. The superiority was that the sewing machine could work from multiple directions.


Howe and Singer were two inventors who finally became rich because there were a lot of people who bought sewing machines from them. Especially, when the civil war happened in the 1860s, there were so many people who wish to buy sewing machines from them. Until today, Singer and Howe are two brands that are really close to the people because they are still producing many sewing machines with wonderful features.

What are sewing machines made from? Talking about industrial sewing machines, you must wonder the design and the frame that are owned by the sewing machines. It is known that industrial sewing machine must be made from strong and sturdy frame material such as steel or iron. However, some of the sewing machines may also be made from other metal materials. The important thing is that the industrial machine will be used for a long time and it must be strong and durable. You may be familiar with a home sewing machine that is known to be lighter than industrial sewing machines. Some garment industries may prefer special industrial sewing machines and they may need to check some of the sewing machines before they really use them.

Well, it is a brief history of a sewing machine from time to time that you may not know before. The sewing machine is not getting improved and there are some types of sewing machine available in the market for industry or for home use.

Sewing Machine Troubleshooting: Top 20 Questions

Sewing Machine photoIf you’re having trouble with your sewing machine, here you can find easy and comprehensible solutions to the most common problems you may encounter. The following guide is suitable for both amateur and experienced users.

  1. Why Is There So Much Noise?

If you hear a knocking noise coming from your sewing machine it often means its need cleaning and maintenance. Stop operating the machine, turn off the power, and inspect it for loose screws, oil stains, and debris.

You can also try replacing the needle first. If it doesn’t work, clean the lint under the needle with a lint brush.

Make sure the thread is not caught around the take-up lever as well because it can cause noise. If such is the case. Then clean the shuttle.

  1. Why Is It Running So Slow?

There are various solutions available for a slow machine. The most common one is simply checking the foot control or readjusting the speed control. If it doesn’t work, you can check for loose screws and remove dust, debris, and lint from beneath the needle plate. Lastly, check if the bobbin winder is on.

  1. What If It Suddenly Stops Sewing?

The easiest solution is checking if the needle and the thread are installed properly:

  • The needle must be locked and facing the proper direction of the machine, otherwise, the hook will not pick it up.
  • Read the manual so you know how the machine is threaded. Remember to thread the machine pressing the foot up.
  • If there’s not enough pressure on the presser foot’s fabric, the feed dog doesn’t work, so check if the feed dog isn’t raised from its normal position.
  1. What To Do If The Motor/Light Shuts Down?

When you sew for long periods of time the motor may and it may seem as the light broke down. Simply turn the power off for 20 minutes, then make sure the power cord is plugged correctly, check the outlet and the fuse, and turn the power back on.

  1. What If The Motor/Light Works, But The Machine Doesn’t?

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Then the first step is replacing the pressure foot and ensuring the needle is installed properly. If it doesn’t work, see if there’s a bobbin on the bobbin winder, and see if the foot control is receiving power.

  1. How To Avoid Skipping Stitches?

Skipped stitches are often a consequence of a bent or damaged needle, so you’ll need to change it if this is the problem. If it doesn’t work, it may be because the machine is forcing the fabric. Sewers must use their hands to guide the fabric through the dog feed.

  1. What If My Thread Is Bunching Up?

In such case, you should consider re-threading the machine, and go slowly this time so you don’t miss anything. Also, check the bottom bobbin and see if treated installed correctly.

Be sure to use the right thread for your projects as well, and check if your presser foot is in its down position while you sew.

  1. Why Do I See Stitch Forming In Loops In Between?

Sewing Machine photoYou would need to properly wound your bobbin. The stitch forms because there is not enough pressure holding the fabric in its place, so adjust the tension as well.

  1. What If The Thread Breaks All The Time?

The thread usually breaks because the machine is not properly threaded, so try to do it again. Then, check if there is a frayed snap instead of a straight cut on the broken thread because it means the race, hook, needle plate, or bobbin case is damaged. You’ll need to polish and clean this area before turning the machine back on.

Sometimes the thread breaks because is either low quality of old or because you have an incorrect needle for your project.

  1. What If The Bobbin Thread breaks?

If the bobbin thread is frequently breaking you’ll need to make sure the bobbin is properly installed and that it has the appropriate amount of threat. Ensure the bobbin is even by feeling the thread with your finger while winding the bobbin.

  1. Why Do I Get Amateur Stitches?

You can try vertical stitching instead of horizontal as it will give a more professional feeling to the fabric. Aside from that, you can inspect the thread tension, the stitch regulator, and the pressure foot placement.

Keep in mind that if the needle is not placed correctly, or if the machine doesn’t have a stabilizer, you may also get unattractive stitches.

  1. What If The Fabric Does Not Feed?

If the fabric does not feed you may be facing one of the following problems:

  • You’re using the wrong foot
  • The pressure foot is not in its lowest position, so you’ll need to adjust the pressure of the pedal. Refer to the instruction manual to perform this task
  • The feed teeth are down, so make sure the feed dog is in its highest position when sewing
  • The teeth are either too sharp or worn out. Replace them if that is the case
  • The length of the stitch is too short
  • There are dust and debris under the needle plate. Clean it
  • Ensure the needle plate is properly seated
  1. What If The Stitching Comes Out Wrinkled?

“Fabric puckering” happens for similar reasons, including a bent needle, incorrect needle, poor quality or old thread, wrong foot, incorrect thread tension, and unbalanced pressure of the presser foot. Additional reasons include:

  • The fabric is very delicate and soft. Be sure to put a layer of tissue paper underneath
  • Insufficient amount of stabilizer
  • Lower length of the stitch
  1. Why Are The Stitches Failing To Grab At The Seam?

You’re probably working with loosely or lightweight woven fabrics like delicate cloth. You’ll need to increase the pressure of the presser foot and try smaller needles for the project.

  1. I’m Having Troubles Threading The Sewing Machine

As said before, you need to follow the instruction manual to thread or re-thread the machine and remember to do it with the presser foot up to release the tension. When you finish, put the presser down so it applies tensions to the thread.

If it doesn’t work, make sure the needle is not on the highest position by moving it with the hand wheel.

  1. What If Needle Threader Is Not Moving?

It would mean the needle is not up, so turn the hand wheel until the needle reaches its peak.

  1. What If The Needle Unthreads As Soon As I Start?

Remember you need to have a minimum of six inches of thread going out the back of the sewing machine when you start a new project. Additionally, you can hold the thread with your hands when you start your first stitch.

  1. My Sewing Machine Can’t Sew On Reverse

Check the machine’s manual to see if it actually can stitch in reverse. If it can but you don’t know how to, adjust the stitch control to the reverse settings.

  1. Why Are There Thread Loops Under The Fabric I’m Sewing?

If you’re finding thread loops under the fabric, you’ll need to adjust the tension of the pressure foot. Then, make sure the lever is in its highest position before you sew again.

  1. What If The Needle Keeps Breaking?

The needle is the easiest part of the machine to change, and it’s also the more susceptible to whiter, and breaks are difficult to predict. Furthermore, when you see any kind of damage on the needle, change it immediately.

However, be careful not to force the fabric through the feed dog, and be sure to use the right needle with the right size for each project. The size of the needle must the relative to the thickness of the material you use. Keep in mind European needle sizes range from 60 to 120, while American needles go from 8 to 19.

If there’s a problem that persist or that you can’t figure out by yourself, follow your gut and hire a trained professional.