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My grandmother made baby blankets for all of her grandchildren, and being the first granddaughter, she also made most of my clothes. When I found out my sister in law was pregnant with my niece, I knew that I wanted to sew for her too. I realized pretty quickly that I needed to learn how to use a sewing machine.
I took Home Ec in school, but I honestly can’t remember anything that I learned in that class. Everything I know about sewing was learned standing next to my grandmother or by asking David’s mom when I had a question. The rest I figured out on my own using an old sewing machine that my mother-in-law gave to me.
Every time I talk to people about sewing I always hear the same thing, “I wish I knew how to sew.” Sewing is one of those things that looks complicated and some of the terminology makes it sound complicated, but it really isn’t all that hard to actually do. With that in mind, I’ve put together a tutorial for how to use a sewing machine.
The first thing you have to do is learn how to thread your bobbin. The top of your sewing machine should look something like this.
- Slide the thread onto the thread spindle.
- Slide the piece that keeps the thread on the spindle on next to the thread.
- Pull out a piece of thread and push it through the thread holder.
- Put one end of the thread through the bobbin. Wrap the thread around the little circle thing.
- Slide the bobbin on the bobbin spindle.
- Flip the switch that allows the foot pedal to put thread on the bobbin.
- Press the foot pedal until the desired amount of thread is on the bobbin.
- Cut the thread and your bobbin is ready.
Next you need to thread your machine. Mine has a diagram on the front that shows the direction the thread should go. Follow those instructions or the one that came with the manual for your sewing machine.
- Slide the threaded bobbin into the bobbin holder.
- Close the cover.
- Drop your needle by turning the handle (be sure you flipped the switch back after threading the bobbin). When the needle comes back up it will have the bobbin thread with it.
- Pull the bobbin thread through and you are ready to sew.
To start sewing place your material underneath the foot, using the seam guide lines for the proper seam width. Lower the foot, drop your needle into the fabric, and press the pedal to start sewing. Yes it really is that easy. Here is a video tutorial to show you the above steps:
Of course there is a little more to it when you start using a pattern, but if you can do these things, you can sew. The rest is easy to learn. Just take it one step at a time. Any questions?