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So - you got a new sewing machine! How exciting! If you recently got a new sewing machine and are not sure where to start - here are some tips that will help you get started and make your sewing a little bit easier going.
1. Read Your Sewing Machine Manual -
Its tempting to jump right in and ignore this great tool - but let me assure you reading through this handy manual will be a great place to start. Not all machines are alike and it is your guide to threading the machine properly and learning about the stitches that the machine can do with the proper settings trouble free. Keep this manual close by always!
2. Familiarize yourself with Parts & Accessories
Your manual has a page that tells you all the parts and accessories that accompany your machine. It is good to know what feet that have been included with your machine and when to use them with the stitch selections you have, like zigzag sitches or buttonholes. Using the wrong foot with some stitches could easily break a needle. Needles are included with your machine but note the kind they are so that you can get more from your sewing shop.
3.Set up your sewing area
Make sure you have a sturdy table to sew at - many tables will vibrate and not be good to use for sewing. Since sewing takes time - be sure your table and chair are a comfortable fit for you to relax and enjoy.
4. Thread Your Machine & Sew
Following the manual or video - carefully wind a bobbin and thread your machine. Test your threading on a piece of scrap fabric first. If its not threaded correctly - you will know by the thread nest on your fabric or the thread breaking. Trouble shoot and retread if needed. If all is good - sew some practice stitches. When ready - tackle your first project and enjoy!