Sewing machines are used to decorate and repair fabrics. They also can be used to make items such as pillow cases, drapes and table linens. Although you can make the same items by hand, doing so will take you much longer than if you were to use a machine. The first step to using a sewing machine is to know what each of its part does. Once you learn about each part, you can easily follow the machines manual to create simple patterns. With practice you will learn how to use a sewing machine to create complex patterns.
The Following Are the Main Sewing Components of a Sewing Machine
Bobbin, Bobbin winder, and Spool Pins
The spool pins are located at the top of the sewing machine. To start sewing, you need to transfer the thread from the metallic spool pin to the bobbin, using a bobbin winder. The bobbin is silver in color.
The tension regulator allows you to sew without making the stitches too tight or too loose. It does that by balancing the tension between the main thread and bobbin thread.
Throat Plate, Feed Dogs, Presser Foot, and Needle Clamp
The throat plate and Feed dogs work together to pull the fabric through when you start sewing. The presser footer holds the fabric in lace as it is being pulled while the needle clamp holds the needle.
The Bobbin Cover
This cover is allows you to insert, change or remove bobbin. It is located on the throat plate. The needle passes through the throat plate to pick the bobbin thread.
Knee Switch/ Foot Pedal
The foot pedal or the knee switch allows you to turn on or off the brother sewing machine.
Stitch Dial and OFF/ON switch
Some machines have a switch with a light to let you know when it’s on. The stitch dial allows you to select the right tension of the stitch, as well as the length and style.
Always unplug the machine when doing any operation that can cause injuries if the machine started running. Such operations include changing the needle or threading the needle. Now that you know the basic components and their uses, you may get your sewing machine’s user manual, and start practicing how to use it.