How to Use a Mini Sewing Machine : A Guide for Beginners

How to Use a Mini Sewing Machine

A mini sewing machine is a small version of a normal-sized sewing machine. It works just like the regular machine but gives the advantages of portability – due to its lightweight and small size – and affordability.

Most of them cost less than $20, making them a must-have tool for the traveler because it will take care of sewing emergencies along the way. Using it is quite easy, and this is broken down into the following steps: 

Put the parts together

Some sewing machines are shipped in parts while others are shipped as a complete set. Mini sewing machines are usually shipped as completely assembled units due to their small size. However, parts such as the power cord and foot pedal must be plugged into the machine for first use. That is all you need to do as far as “assembly” is concerned with these small machines.

Thread the machine

This is a general step that must be done when you are using any type of sewing machine. Threading involves placing the thread spool on the spool pin and passing the thread through the thread guides. These guides are usually marked differently, depending on the machine manufacturer.

The final step in this process is threading the needle. Most advanced sewing machines come with in-built needle threaders, but mini sewing machines come with a separate needle threader (which helps maintain its small size). This component minimizes the strain and effort of pushing the thread into the needle hole, making this task a lot easier to accomplish.

Different manufacturers might build different threading processes into their machines, but if you have the know-how of threading one machine, the skill to thread a different type of machine comes naturally.

Wind and load the bobbin

The bobbin thread combines with the upper thread to form the stitches on your fabrics. Therefore, it is essential to wind the bobbin and do it properly. Most mini sewing machines do not have automatic bobbin winding systems, and thus, this has to be done manually.

The important thing to do in this step is to ensure that the thread is loaded into the bobbin evenly on all sides. This can be achieved by guiding the thread into it using your index finger while rotating the bobbin using the lowest speed of the machine.

After winding it, load it into the bobbin holder, then pull the string tip out and pull it using the needle by turning the handwheel if everything goes well, which it should, close the bobbin cover and proceed to the next step.

Test the machine stitching

Before going directly into stitching, it is important to test the machine to determine if it is properly threaded and set for use. You can use a small piece of waste fabric to try this out, and this will help you avoid destroying your fabrics just in case something goes wrong.

Test the different speeds

This goes hand in hand with testing the stitching. Even though they have limited features, some mini sewing machines come with different speed options to have low speeds for beginners and faster speeds for the more experienced sewers. Testing these speeds will help you determine which one is the best for you before working on your actual project.

Begin stitching

After you have gone through all these, the next step is to begin working on your actual project. Something important to note here is that you need to place the mini machine on a flat and stable surface so that you can work comfortably and produce perfect stitches.


Apart from being portable, most mini sewing machines come with the option of using either batteries or mains power. Therefore, you can use batteries if the power goes off or when you are not close to a power outlet, then switch to mains power later on.

The flexibility, affordability, and portability of this machine make it a must-have tool for every sewer.

Comments 1

  • I just want to make sure I do everything correctly to set up the machine.. The instructions are printed to small for even my magnifying glasses…

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