Before you can start using your sewing machines, you should get familiar with the device's anatomy and how to set it up. Many beginner sewing guides will list all the different parts of a sewing machine and expect you to memorize them, but not this one.
Learning is most effective through the application, so you're better off getting familiar with the parts of your sewing machine along the way as you adjust and prepare each of them for stitching.
Position Yourself and the Machine
First things first, you should place your sewing machine in a proper spot. Ideally, you want to park it on a sturdy desk or table.
Make sure that the desk is level with the ground and stable enough to keep the machine from wobbling while you work.
After that, grab a chair and set it at a comfortable orientation and height from your machine. The result should look like this: on the left, the needle end, and on the right, your body.
Mount the Needle
Next, you should mount the needle. Two things to keep in mind in this step are the direction of the groove and the orientation of the needle’s flat side.
You want the flat side of the needle to face backward and the groove to face the needle threading direction. Once you get the needle in place, further secure its position by tightening the thumbscrew.
Wind the Bobbin Thread
Any sewing machine features two major threads: the lower thread -also known as the bobbin thread- and the top thread.
Now, you’re looking to wind the bobbin thread. To do this, simply put the bobbin on its winder that usually sits at the top of the machine. After that, take the thread and wrap it around the guide onto the bobbin.
Switch on the bobbin winder and wait until it automatically shuts off when full. Next, insert the bobbin into its cage on the lower part of the machine. Remember to check for special instructions in your manual.
Thread the Machine
Typically, you’ll find the thread spool on the top of your sewing machine. You should unwind it first to fasten it onto the needle.
Grab the thread and pass it through the top guide then down to the takeup lever. Curve the thread back up around the lever then down again until you arrive at the needle.
Get the Bobbin and the Top Threads Out
The next step is to position both the bobbin thread and the top thread just under the needle while angled backward. Here’s how:
With your left hand hold the needle thread.
Use your right hand to turn the handwheel toward your body for a full needle revolution.
Next, pull the needle thread you got in your left hand. You’ll notice that the bobbin thread is now looped over it.
Let the needle thread go and pass your scissors between the plate and the presser foot. This way, the looped bobbin thread gets pulled out.
At this point, you should be looking at a thread’s end coming from the needle and one coming from under the bobbin.
Turn the Machine On
You’re now ready to fire up your sewing machine. Plug it into an outlet and locate the power switch to turn it on. Generally, it’s located on the side or the back of the unit.