Today is Day 8 of 31 Days of Sewing School.
It takes a while to get used to a sewing machine. Years spent on an old clunker that I only pulled out a few times a year taught me this lesson well. Unless we use our machine often, it’s going to be a long journey of learning the ins and outs of how she works best.
Until you’re totally honed in on your machine, I have one secret weapon that is an absolute must, even for the simplest of sewing projects.
Keep your owner’s manual close-by your sewing machine at all times.
When I bought my new machine, it took me a while to get used to threading it, because the spool had to be placed going the opposite direction of my old one. And the bobbin needed to be inserted the opposite way as well. For the longest time, I could not wrap my head around this simple thing.
So for a couple years, I kept my quick-start guide right with my machine. This is a smaller guide that came with the regular owner’s manual. I still go to my owner’s manual for specific details I don’t remember, but that quick-start guide was my go-to resource as I got used to my machine.
Your instruction book is your secret weapon to understanding and using your sewing machine.
If you received a hand-me-down without one, check online for a digital copy of the manual. I found a PDF for the serger I was given so that when I’m ready to dive into learning it I’ve got the owner’s manual handy. If a google search won’t find your manual, contact the manufacturer to see how you can get your hands on one.
Tomorrow I’ll give you an introduction to my sewing machine in hopes that it will help you get to know yours a little better. Are you best friends with your sewing machine owner’s manual yet?