Your sewing machine is the most important sewing tool in your quest to becoming a master dressmaker.
I hope like me you fall madly, truly, and deeply in love with sewing and creating.
With that said, let’s get to know your new best friend forever (BFF).
There’s a lot to learn. But you’ll be a master in no time at all!
Let’s start with some rules…
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The Rules: You the Boss
Rule #1: Have no fear! With enough patience and practice, you will be the boss of your sewing machine in no time. That I can promise you.
Rule #2: Make sure that your sewing setup is ergonomically correct for your body. It’s all about right angles.
Rule #3: Make sure your machine is clean before you begin any project. A clean sewing machine is ready and able to allow you to sculpt fabric into 3D life.
Rule #4: Take your time threading your machine. A machine that has been properly threaded is a happy machine. And a happy machine makes for a happy sewist!
Rule #5: Make sure you are using the proper needle type and size and thread for your project. Nobody got time for skipped stitches and puckered seams.
Rule #7: Read your owner’s manual! Read your owner’s manual! Read your owner’s manual!
Then, get ready to marvel at how a stitch is made…
How a Stitch Is Made
A lockstitch, or stitch for short, is made up of two threads: the needle thread and the bobbin thread.
At how perfectly the needle thread and the bobbin thread interconnect exactly in the middle of two layers of fabric. This is the hallmark of a puuurfect stitch!
Yes, a lovely stitching line leaves me breathless!
I think you should look at this video as many times as you need to really absorb the simple beauty of how a sewing machine creates a stitch.
Now, that you’ve seen and marveled at how a stitch is made let’s learn everything you need to know to take control of your sewing machine…
How to Use Your Sewing Machine
Here’s the 411 on sewing machines…
- How to Buy the Best Sewing Machine for You
- Anatomy of a Sewing Machine
- An Ultimate Guide to Sewing Machine Presser Feet
- The Ergonomics of Sewing
- How to Wind Your Bobbin and much more
- How to Thread Your Sewing Machine
- How to Adjust Stitch Type, Stitch Width, & Stitch Length
- How to Adjust Sewing Machine Tension
- How to Clean & Care for Your Sewing Machine
- How to Troubleshoot Common Sewing Machine Problems
- Let’s Practice Sewing
Sewing Machine Reviews
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