Starting out with a new sewing machine

These days, having a sewing machine at home is very convenient and practical. Being able to customize and repair not only clothes, but also sheets, blankets, quilts, curtains, and other simple home improvement projects is empowering to a household. Sewing used to be for the knowledgeable, but it now is easy to operate even for the simple person. Electronic and computerized development in sewing machines make sewing convenient and affordable, not only with cost but also time.

Starting out using an electronic sewing machine could be intimidating, especially with all the buttons, needles, and thread that need to be setup. However, all it takes is taking the leap. It’s actually easy if one gives heart and focus to the task.

  • First thing that has to be done is setting up. Before starting the process of sewing, one must be sure that all components of the electronic sewing machine are ready. Have your manual ready and familiarize yourself with the parts of the electronic sewing machine.
  • Now, you may set the thread on the spool pin. Unwind part of the thread and look for the thread guide, if you have more than one, make sure to not skip it and let the thread go through it until it leads to a bobbin winder. After this, set the bobbin and make follow the steps on your machine to roll more thread in it, before enclosing it in a bobbin housing. Set the bobbin inside the housing, pull the thread further to the right until it clicks through the slanted guide. Now flip it over and have it attached to the tip of the horn on the machine. You’ll have to push it gently to keep it in place. Close the shuttle cover casing and get ready for the next step that comes after threading.

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  • Now that your machine has a thread, and since this is your first time in doing this, make sure that you have scraps of cloth to practice with first. Make sure that the pedal is flat on the floor and check if there are any tangles. Make sure too that the needle is up on its highest position, to ensure that the thread is kept in place.

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  • Place the fabric right below the presser foot now, then lower the presser foot lever to hold the fabric in place. Make sure to lower it to ensure a good tension. Now we get to the exciting part, begin sewing by stepping gently on the foot pedal. Start slowly first, see how it works, and go faster when you’re more comfortable. Know that you don’t need to push the fabric, it would automatically move.
  • When you come to the end of your stitch, it’s time to lock it now. Put the needle up and cut the needle first. Press the lock stitch on the controls, and slowly step on the pedal again. You’ll see that the machine will stitch on just one spot to lock the stitch. You may raise the needle again after this, cut the thread, and you’re done!

How sewing machines are made?

Less people are sewing by hand now in a time of convenient and heavy-duty machines. Sewing by hand now is only majorly used for minor and rare repairs for clothes. Otherwise, households that earn a living from sewing tiny rugs to making big curtains or bed covers use either manual or electronic sewing machines. It’s relatively cheap, and could save precious hands from being a poor voodoo doll when the eyes go blurred after hours of sewing by hand.

The first sewing machine was patented by Sir Thomas Saint of France in 1790. It was a heavy-duty machine capable of stitching on leather and canvass, with the use of an awl and a notched needle to make chain stitches.

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This first design has continually developed through the years and has now given birth to the industrial and home sewing machines that has made clothing production easier and less costly. How are these machines made?

Sewing machines may be generally classified by purpose and by operation. By operation, there are manual sewing machines and electronic ones. For purpose, there are heavy-duty industrial machines and portable, light, and easy to use home sewing machines. Each share the basic parts, and only vary on durability and ease of use.

  • Industrial machines are made to be heavy duty, and are usually designed for just a limited selection of stitches that need to be sewn numerous times in a day. Industrial sewing machines thus need to be heavy duty and may not be very flexible in terms of stitches.
  • Home sewing machines on the other had are made to be portable, it is thus made of lighter materials, and are equipped with a variety of stitches, making its output widely diverse.
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The inner structure of sewing machine!

The most basic part in the production is called the “bit” or the frame or housing that envelopes the components of the sewing machine. It may be heavy metal, light metal, or made out of plastic. The production of the bit requires grinding, polishing, steel castings, heat treating, and forging to mold the frame according to plan.

Next is the motor. The motors usually range between 2 to 4 pieces, are outsourced from a supplier. Home sewing machines have more pieces to be considered such as gears, shafts, presser feet, electronic circuit boards for the robotics and mechanisms. Some of these are preassembled inside the bit during the production, while a lot are usually added as accessories included in the home sewing machine package.

After molding the bit and choosing and producing the sewing machine’s components based on its purpose, the parts are then assembled and packaged. You may think that this is the last step, but the most important is the quality control inspection after the whole process. Upon passing, the sewing machine is then released for being sold.

This is only the general process by which sewing machines are produced. Each developer could think of an edge to make their sewing machine more special and adapted to a task, to help it sell better in the market.

SINGER 2259: The Beginner’s Best friend

Review

SINGER 2259’s slogan on the Singer website read:

Just learning? Just perfect.

I’m not one to fall easily for slogans, but I would be honest that this sewing machine initially got me for the price. I bought my sewing machine almost on a whim. I’ve lost weight recently, and as I was rummaging through my closet, I found it too hard to let go of the old clothes that I have. I thought of having each of them altered by a pro, but I also thought of how much money that would require. I then decided to look online for a sewing machine that could be my buddy in starting out.

I made this review for other beginners like me who are looking for a machine to start with. There might be better ones or cheaper ones out there, depending on your priorities. But I’d say I have zero regrets in buying this, and I hope this review would enlighten you in considering your options.

Benefits

This sewing machine, for me, has affordability as its primary advantage. For a beginner like me, it isn’t easy to invest big money into something that I’m still looking into. Surprisingly, with the price that I paid, I’m still in awe at how sturdy and at the same time, lightweight it is.

Features

  • The Singer 2259 features a lightweight but sturdy sewing machine in a 15 x 6.2 x 12 in, 13.6 lbs package. It comes with 19 basic, stretch, and decorative built-in stitches that the user could choose from and could cover all basic and even quite the advanced garment alterations and even home improvement projects. It also comes with four snap-on presser feet, namely; all-purpose foot, buttonhole foot, zipper foot, and button sewing foot. In case in the future you discover that you need other kinds for a project, it isn’t hard to buy a separate one.
  • It comes with more accessories that could help in maintaining the sewing machine’s quality or simply make sewing easy. It has a soft dust cover, a screwdriver, a quilting guide for making even parallel stitches, three class 15 bobbins, two thread spool cap holders, six needles, darning plate, oil bottle, and seam ripper.

Pros

  • Over-all this is a good buy for basic projects and beginners. It can sew light-medium fabric, but may have difficulty in dealing with heavy fabric like thick denim. I think it’s perfect for people who would like to try if sewing would fit them. It’s a good buy for testing the waters.
  • Few of the little things that I like about it is its portability. It is lightweight and even comes with a handle. But despite its portability, it could still be easily setup to be stationary. It could be mounted on tables.

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  • Functionality-wise, the tension is good and I never had trouble in using it for simple projects like alterations. I even make my own pillow cases now! It also has a thread cutter on the side, and a replaceable LED work light. I have poor eyes, so this is a big plus for me.
  • Lastly, it’s simple and sturdy. It has a metal frame. I’ve tried seeing the cheaper ones, but I really don’t trust equipment entirely made of plastic. Singer 2259 has some plastic parts too, but these are of good quality. I’m not careful, and it matters that there are still companies that mind the materials that they use for strong exteriors and body.

Cons

  • My only regret is it is not entirely all-purpose. It’s could only be used for light quilting and I certainly wouldn’t risk having too much projects with heavy denim on it. So actually, I’m thinking of a more heavy duty sewing machine now for those purposes.
  • Also, I don’t see and I’m very clueless if I’m running out of thread because I can’t see how much thread is left.

Conclusion

Nevertheless, I consider this a really good buy. I suggest that if you’re keen on buying one, ask yourself of your intentions. I basically bought it to try it out. If it didn’t work out for me, I could’ve given it as a gift to a good friend or one of my aunties who loves sewing, so this totally worked for me. However, if you’re looking for something more long-term and well-rounded (although this I believe could be used for long-term too, just not for all kinds of projects) then I suggest for you to see higher end models that may have the same strength and may even offer more features.