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Adjusting to a New Sewing Machine

By December 27, 2012

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I know many people who own a beautiful new sewing machine... but they keep sewing on their tired and true old sewing machine. Why? I think it is because they have never taken the time to adjust to using the new sewing machine.  How do I know... because I am as guilty as the next person.  Learning to operate a new sewing machine with new presser feet and levers in a different location can try your patience when you have a project you are trying to finish.  What I finally did was to set myself up with simple to sew projects rather that an big project that took all my concentration. By sewing simple projects, the sewing was simple enough that it freed me to pay more attention to the machine and get in new habits when it came to reaching for a lever and playing with needle position. So if you have a new sewing machine waiting for you, don't wait for the old machine to break down! Read the manual and start some simple projects!


December 28, 2012 at 6:57 am
(1) Donna says:

I agree – my “old faithful” broke down in the middle of making a quilt for a Christmas gift and I never really had the chance to sit and learn all about the new one. It was very frustrating. I plan to sit down with the new machine after the new year.

December 28, 2012 at 8:53 am
(2) Belva says:

I’m in total agreement. I sell sewing machines. We give a free owner’s class with purchase, but customers don’t always come in to take it. Then, they come in later with frustration because they are confused or can’t figure out how to do something. We walk them through and try to help them at that stage. We usually ask two questions: Did you take your owner’s class? Did you read your manual? Often the answer to both is , “No, I didn’t have time.” We encourage them to still come in for the class.

When we get a new machine model in our line, our approach to learn it ourselves is to read all of the information our company sends us and THEN sit down with the manual, going through each page while sitting at the machine, identifying all of the machine features and “playing” with it when something new is identified.

December 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm
(3) Jackie says:

I agree with Belva. The complimentary classes that are offered with the purchase of a sewing machine are very important! I am amazed at the number of customers who do not take them for whatever reason. Spending money for a new machine and not taking the free class(es) doesn’t make for good sense if you have a dealer who offers them! It is frustrating for the local dealer when customers will not take the classes, but will call with their problems and expect answers over the phone. This takes time away from the customers who are in the shop and have questions or want to purchase a machine. The dealer has said these phone questions are covered in the machine classes.
My daughter-in-law finally took the time to take her free class for her 4 yr. old machine. She couldn’t believe how much she learned and how much her machine will do!
As a retired Home Economics teacher, I cannot stress enough the importance of the free machine classes. I have had several new machines over many years and always take the classes! All of the samples that are completed in the classes are put in a notebook and used for future reference. I always learn something new!!

December 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm
(4) Irene says:

I have old singer sewing machine my mother got yrs. ago in the bank . I find when sewing machines does not sew right . The bobin get loopy at the bottom stitches. I hope I explain this right. The problem is under the material not the top of the material. Maybe someone can help me with this answer to fix it. I really like to sew but I get disgussed it happens all the time I sew.

December 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm
(5) Diane says:

Try tightening your tension knob. This happens to me a lot too. Also make sure the threads are behind the needle before you start to sew.

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