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How to use a sewing machine for the first time

Sewing your clothes or purses can be an economical alternative to buying unnecessarily expensive items, standing out from the crowd and to spend your free time creatively. However, using the sewing machine for the first time can be intimidating especially for beginners.

Getting to know your sewing machine and how to use it properly is the first step you need before you step into the magical world of textiles, designs, and fabrics. Below are some points that you need to consider before using a sewing machinefor the first time:

Get a proper sewing machine:

Some cheaper models have more plastic parts with probably more options. Invest in an old school all metal parts sewing machine. It might be more expensive, but you will be replacing the spare parts as often as you do with the easy to break plastic parts. Also, get a machine from a reputable brand that is unlikely to break and get to know your machine repair shop. The people there will be honest about repair costs and whether it is wiser to invest in a newer model. If you are a beginner it is also wiser to get a basic model to avoid all the hassle associated with more advanced models.

Get to know your sewing machine:

Getting to know your machine is the first step on your staircase to success! Get to know all the necessary parts, including the power switch. Understand whatever button does and what your machine is capable or incapable of doing. Read the manual and follow the instructions. Refer to old friends or ask for set up tips from your machine dealer.

Get comfortable:

Set up your machine in a well-lit place on a sturdy counter or table. Make sure that you are comfortable and well seated with easy access to all the materials you probably will need. Adjust the machine to your most favorite setting including the stitch guide and speed.

Be careful:

Follow safety instructions. Take your foot off the pedal or turn off the machine when you are not sewing. Always make sure that everything is switched off before you switch the needle or the thread. Make sure that your hand doesn’t get in the way of the sewing needle when you are using your sewing machine.

Practice makes perfect:

Things might seem a bit tricky at the beginning and be dealing with a sewing machine for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. But like everything in life, it improves with practice. There are hundreds of free YouTube videos teaching sewing for beginners. It is always easier to start practicing when you have already bought a sewing machine. Practice with some cheap scrap material. Experience the different feel of different fabrics. Practice different stitches and settings of your sewing machine and you will be all set.

Using a sewing machine for the first time is an overwhelming but rewarding experience. Remember that this is how all famous fashion designers started! So what are you waiting for? Get started!