Sewing is a process that requires attention and expertise. People sew for passion or leisure. The machine that facilitates this act is a sewing machine. It makes the art of sewing easy and fun.
What does a sewing machine come with?
A digital sewing machine has a lot of parts. It has various attachments as well. There are a lot of parts and accessories of a sewing machine that comes along with it. They are the needles, bobbins, foot pedals, covers, bobbin winders, presser foot, needle plate, stitch regulator, thread guide, etc.
What comes with a sewing machine?
Do sewing machines come with needles?
Generally, digital sewing machines come with needles. But you have to check the attachment list before buying your sewing machine. There may be some companies that do not sell machines with it.
The operative part of a sewing machine is a needle. It is the mandatory accessory for sewing.
There are different kinds of needles. You have to choose it according to the type of fabric you will stitch or sew.
Some needles are in use in almost all kinds of fabric. These needles are known as universal needles. These needles are fine in quality.
Ballpoint, needles, stretch needles, leather needles, jeans needles, etc., are some other types. These needles are in use according to their mechanism. These are the unique needles that are in use for their specific special functions.
Do sewing machines come with thread?
A sewing machine does not come with thread. The sewing machine is the sewing equipment. But we have to decide what we want to sew. And we have to buy the yarn or thread according to the purpose of our sewing.
Both natural and artificial fibers are in use to make threads. The natural fibers are cotton, linen, silk, etc. The synthetic fibers are rayon, nylon, spandex, etc.
When you are choosing a thread, do not focus on matching the color alone. Match the thread color along with the high quality and thread size.
If you are buying thread for stitching cotton or linen clothes, then buy cotton or linen thread. The thread weight has to be the same as the weight of the fabric.
In case you cannot find the exact color in good quality, go for one or two shades of deeper thread to avoid highlighting the stitches on your clothes.
Do sewing machines come with bobbins?
Approximately 3-5 pieces of bobbins come with every sewing machine.
Some companies might not provide them as well. So, check on the attachments list of your sewing machine before you finalize your purchase.
A bobbin is a small wheel structure around which you reel your thread during sewing. That is, it has a reel pattern. It is cylindrical in shape in the middle. This cylindrical area is where you reel the thread.
You can manually detach your bobbin from your sewing machine. It is a mandatory part of a sewing machine that facilitates sewing.
A bobbin operates along with the spool holder. For a proper stitch, the bobbin attaches the thread to the plate from below. Whereas the spool holder, as its name suggests, secures it from above or sideways.
In this way, the thread gets the exact tension it needs for sewing.
Do sewing machines come with foot pedals?
Digital sewing machines come with foot pedals or speed controllers.
Foot pedals are the addition of sewing machines that facilitates fast and effective sewing.
It works similar to the mechanism of the gas pedal of motor vehicles. That is, the harder you press it, the faster it will work.
Some foot pedals can be programmed for specific functions as well. Those foot pedals are according to the design to function that way. You can work with them following the manual that comes with every sewing machine.
The manual shows you all the programs and operating mechanisms you need to know about foot pedals.
To have a speedy and effective sewing session, use foot pedals barefoot. Then you can easily control the speed you want for your stitching.
Do sewing machines come with sergers?
The sergers are a different machine than a usual sewing machine. It does not come with a sewing machine.
It is a machine with some advanced features than a regular sewing machine. Sergers are machines for overlocking. That is, overlock stitches are the forte of a serger.
Quilting and edging the seams are the main functions of sergers. It has a lot of other functions as well.
The main feature of a serger is in the number of bobbin and thread usage.
Sergers have three to four bobbins. You can use threads according to the number of bobbins in a serger.
In a sewing machine, you can use only one bobbin and thread.
Do sewing machines come with covers?
Most of the time, a sewing machine comes with covers. But these covers are not that durable. Either plastic films or hardboards are in use to manufacture them.
For a more durable cover, you can buy it from a pool of choices. You can also make your own sewing machine cover. Use soft fabrics according to the size of your machine.
Covers in a sewing machine protect the machine for better use. you have to cover your sewing machine after using it.
Dust accumulating in a sewing machine can reduce its performance. To prevent that, you have to use a cover.
Your machine will run smoothly for a long time with a cover for it. Do get one if it does not come with your buying machine. Or be a sport to make your own one.
Do sewing machines come with bobbin winders?
Sewing machines do come with a bobbin winder. You must check the features of the sewing machine before buying it.
Some machines have an in-built bobbin winder. And some come with an independent bobbin winder system.
Check the features of the sewing machine and decide according to the preferences of your need.
The main function of a bobbin winder is packing the thread from a larger to a smaller pool. And this will fit in the compartment of the bobbin afterward.
Different sewing machines have different kinds of bobbin winders. There are also portable bobbin winders available in the market. These winders are not expensive and easy to use.
Portable bobbin winders are friendly for embroidery purposes. It saves a lot of time to wind the bobbin. Unlike a built-in bobbin winder, you do not have to stop every time to re-thread your bobbin.
What are all the parts of a sewing machine?
Different sewing machines have different unique features. Although the basic structure of every sewing machine is the same.
The parts of a sewing machine are given below:
- BOBBIN WINDER
- BOBBIN CASE
- BOBBIN WINDER SPOOL PIN
- BOBBIN WINDER STOPPER
- BOBBIN WINDER SPINDLE
- BOBBIN COVER
- BOBBIN COVER RELEASE BUTTON
- FEED DOG
- FACEPLATE THUMB SCREW
- NEEDLE CLAMP
- NEEDLE CLAMP SCREW
- NEEDLE PLATE
- NEEDLE CLAMP THUMB SCREW
- NEEDLE BAR THREAD GUIDE
- NEEDLE BAR BUSHING
- PRESSURE FOOT
- PRESSURE BAR LIFTER
- PRESSURE REGULATING THUMB SCREW
- PRESSURE FOOT THUMB SCREW
- REVERSE STITCH BUTTONS
- SPOON PIN
- SPEED CONTROL SLIDER
- START/STOP CONTROL
- STITCH REGULATOR
- STITCH INDICATOR PLATE
- TENSION DISC
- THREAD TENSION DIALS
- THREAD GUIDE
- THREAD TAKE-UP SPRING
- THREADTAKE-UP LEVERS, etc.
What accessories do I need for a sewing machine?
There is a list of attachments to a sewing machine in its manual. It includes the accessories attached to it.
A lot of accessories are in use for a sewing machine. Some accessories you need for your sewing machine are:
- DARNING PLATES
- A SMALL SCREWDRIVER
- SEAM RIPPER
- MEASURING TAPE
- SPOOL HUGGERS
- PRESSER FEET
- IRONING BOARD, etc.
How do you use a sewing machine?
At first, you have to understand the structure and parts of the sewing machine. Then you have to go through the set-up process. After that, you start to use a sewing machine for sewing by practice.
Every machine comes with a guide or manual. Use that for proper set-up.
The sewing process in a sewing machine is:
- Step 1: Choose the length of the stitch in your machine.
- Step 2: Place the cloth by folding it below the needle.
- Step 3: Use the pressure foot lever to hold the cloth in place by lowering it.
- Step 5: Do small strokes on an old piece of cloth for practice.
- Step 6: Practise reverse stitch by pressing the reverse lever
- Step 7: Cut the thread after sewing.
These are the basics of sewing using a sewing machine. You can use it for various sewing purposes as well.