Preparing Your New Sewing Machine to Sew

Written by Mary Wilkins

A few weeks ago I wrote a column on how to choose your sewing machine. If you have made your choice, we will continue on with getting your machine ready to sew.

Threadingrepparttar machine is something that is pretty basic, yet a little different on every machine. It is VERY important to refer to your manual when first learningrepparttar 116270 procedure. Ifrepparttar 116271 threading isn't correct, nothing else will work either.

Here is a basic rundown of threading a sewing machine. Remember, each machine is different. This is justrepparttar 116272 general idea.

1. Put your spool of thread onrepparttar 116273 spindle on top ofrepparttar 116274 machine.

1a. A vertical spindle or post - positionrepparttar 116275 spool so thatrepparttar 116276 thread runs clockwise as you sew.

1b. A horizontal spindle -repparttar 116277 spool is held in place by an end cap. If your spool has a small cut in it, be sure to haverepparttar 116278 cut torepparttar 116279 right.

NEWBIE TIP: If your spool is brand new and there are labels coveringrepparttar 116280 holes, uncover yhour holes completely to allowrepparttar 116281 spool to turn easily.

2. Pull thread torepparttar 116282 left ofrepparttar 116283 spindle and thru your first thread guide.

3. Draw thread down thru your tension guide. (It is extremely important to have your presser foot UP when threading your machine.)

4. Draw thread thrurepparttar 116284 next thread guide.

5. Insert thread thrurepparttar 116285 take up lever.

6. Bring thread thru next thread guide.

7. Finally! - thread your needle. Most needles are threaded from front to back, some from left to right.

Practise threading your machine. It is no small chore if you are a beginner, but after a while you will be able to do this with your eyes closed.


Followrepparttar 116286 instructions from your manual carefully when winding your bobbin.

If your bobbin case is built in,repparttar 116287 bobbin will be wound in place withrepparttar 116288 machine fully threaded.

Removable bobbins are wound onrepparttar 116289 top or side ofrepparttar 116290 machine. Your machine must be threaded before bobbin filling.

Your bobbin thread must be drawn thrurepparttar 116291 tension spring. For wind in place bobbins, this is already taken care of. You MUST make sure this is done if you are using a bobbin that already has thread in it.


Balancing your tension is a huge issue when you first start to learn about your sewing machine. There is nothing that will cause you more grief than your tension.

Your stitch is formed by interlockingrepparttar 116292 bobbin and needle thread. Every timerepparttar 116293 needle goes down, a hook catchesrepparttar 116294 needle thread and wrapsrepparttar 116295 bobbin thread around it. It is a tug of war that must be synchronized for a good stitch result.

How To Choose a Sewing Machine

Written by Mary Wilkins

You have finally come torepparttar conclusion that you need or want a sewing machine. Now, what is onrepparttar 116269 market and how do you makerepparttar 116270 right decision?

There are many brands of machines out there and everyone boasts different features. Some machines appeal to quilters, others want you to embroider everything includingrepparttar 116271 toilet seat andrepparttar 116272 shower curtain. Searching forrepparttar 116273 right machine is going to take some time.

Shopping for a new machine can make your head spin. The girls on my boards discuss which machine is best every time someone needs a new one. We all knowrepparttar 116274 name brands but I am not going to suggest one, that decision is yours. It's a personal one and an important one. I will, however give you a few basic questions you should ask yourself.

1. What type of sewing do you plan to do? - clothing - crafts - repairs and alterations - home decorating

2. Where will you sew?

- sewing room - kitchen table - integrated into other family living area

3. How will your machine be stored? - in its own cabinet - in a closet hiding behindrepparttar 116275 coats - leave it out to sew every spare moment

4. Consider your budget and buying habits? How long will you keep this machine? - 6 months - a few years - forever and a day

When you answer these questions, you are on your way to makingrepparttar 116276 right decision. Obviously if you are going to sew fromrepparttar 116277 kitchen table, you don't want a machine with lots of accessories or add-ons that will take up too much room. If you are doing repairs and alterations, you don't want a machine that duplicatesrepparttar 116278 quilting stitch. If you have small children around, your machine needs to be tucked away safely. Just a few things to think about.

Research isrepparttar 116279 name ofrepparttar 116280 game here. Check outrepparttar 116281 latest consumer reports. Visitrepparttar 116282 forum discussions on and see whatrepparttar 116283 girls are using. They will gladly tell you what works and what doesn't. Another source isrepparttar 116284 well known sewing magazines. Sew News and Threads do comparison studies allrepparttar 116285 time.

If you are lucky enough to have local dealers, pay them all a visit. Test drive all their machines and ask lots and lots of questions. Take fabric with you that you use and test out things like stitch length, reverse and some ofrepparttar 116286 different presser feet. Find out about lessons. Lots of dealers will give you a few free lessons to get you acquainted with your machine. Above all, take your time. I cannot stress this enough. Don't let anyone rush you thrurepparttar 116287 process. Leaverepparttar 116288 kids at home so you have no distractions. While you are inrepparttar 116289 shop asking questions, you can see howrepparttar 116290 staff relate to customers and if they haverepparttar 116291 answers to all your questions. If they seem impatient or brusque, imagine how they might be afterrepparttar 116292 sale. If they are not helpful now atrepparttar 116293 prospect of a sale, they probably won't be later if you need help.

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