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.


  • 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.


  • 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!