9 Steps to Set-up the Sewing Machine
Before getting into the details of the setting up procedure of a sewing machine, we want to make you aware of a few important aspects of safety.
To avoid accidents, always follow the cautions on the device. There will be signs/symbols, and messages regarding various warnings, pre-cautions, circumstances, and degree of danger. Do try to notice those and act as they warn you.
One more thing, indication labels are important, and you should never remove the labels. If they become strained someway, attach new labels. Also, don’t lose the warranty and registration papers.
Tip: Where can you get new labels? Just contact the sales office of your product.
Let’s not hold-up the setting process anymore-
Step 1: System construction
You should get yourself familiar with all the essential parts for your sewing machine and their contribution to the mechanism of the tool.
You can refer to the user manual to know about the parts of your machine. Or, you can just perform an online search to learn about the construction.
This might seem unimportant to you. But, to operate the machine smoothly and confidently, you should have an overall idea of the machine.
Step 2: Check out the sewing accessories
Make sure all the accessories are there. You can again check the manual to get the list of the accessories that should come with the machine. There will be pictures for them as well. So don’t worry if you don’t recognize any accessory and become unsure of if you have all the accessories.
Step 3: Plug it in
You will find an electrical cord with the foot control or foot pedal. Some machines have a stop/start button/lever instead of the foot control.
Before connecting the cord with the machine to the power, make sure all the switches are turned off on your switchboard.
Now, attach the opposite edge of the plug inside the socket of the foot pedal. Next, take the other edge of the cord that has the plug and carefully connect that to the socket of your switchboard.
You can go through the quick instruction guide that came with your machine if you feel confused in this stage.
Word of caution- Don’t switch the machine on right now! This is to avoid any electrical injury. You will find out when to start the machine in an ensuing step.
Step 4: Incorporate the needle
After you connect the machine to the electricity, you need to add a needle. Your needle should go in the needle clamp.
First, take out the screws from the clamp. Then, push the needle in, and put the screws back on the clamp. Finally, tighten the screws properly.
Try to do it correctly. Otherwise, your needle could get bent or break in the way of sewing. That can be dangerous for you as well to some extent.
If you are unsure of setting a needle, we suggest you study the manual. Don’t be discouraged or scared; you will be able to do it after going through the manual.
Step 5: Attach a presser foot
Your sewing machine is likely to bear several presser foots. In relation to their purpose, there are mainly 4 kinds of presser foot, such as- zipper foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot and, straight-stitch foot (i.e., all-purpose foot). You can locate the foot with the help of the section of accessories from the manual.
We are now left with the threading parts.
Step 6: Take a spool of thread
This is where the actual set-up for sewing begins. It is the easiest and the colorful part of the set-up. Choose a spool of thread from the vibrant arrangement of your threads. Next, put it in the spool pin.
Step 7: Load the bobbin
The bobbin provides the lower source of thread. You need to load it from the thread spool. Take the thread head through one of the tiny holes of the bobbin and put the bobbin in the bobbin winder spindle.
Read this part carefully; you will see pictures directing you how to lead your thread to load a bobbin. Simply follow the illustrations on your machine.
Now is the correct time to switch on your machine. So, power the machine and load the bobbin. Once the bobbin is fully winded, cut the thread to detach the bobbin from the spool of thread.
Step 8: Set the bobbin
There is a bobbin case under the throat plate. Uncover it and put it there. Remember to keep some extra thread out. It will assist you with the threading process later on.
Step 9: Upper threading
This is another source of the thread of your sewing machine. It involved a series of movements of the thread.
You don’t have to panic, because the manufacturers are fortunately a bunch of sensible people. In other words, once again, there will be diagrams and directions to help you with the upper threading.
We still suggest you check with the user manual to understand the diagrams and directions accurately. Because improper threading will cause your machine to tangle the thread in various ways, that will carry on hampering your sewing.
However, once you are done with this step, you are good to go! Take a piece of fabric and sew it whatever way you want it. Leave your passion!