The first step in learning to sew with your sewing machine is learning to thread the top thread of your machine--remember sewing machines work with 2 threads (check out the next video on this list to learn to thread your bottom thread).
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Threading Your Machine
How to Wind a Bobbin
The bobbin is the bottom thread of your machine and is an integral part of the machine's ability to make a stitch. Before you can thread the bobbin into your machine, you will need to fill the bobbin with the same type of thread that you are using in the top of the machine.
Thread a Top-Load Bobbin
The bobbin is the bottom thread of your machine and is an integral part of the machine's ability to make a stitch. If you can see your bobbin from the top of your machine, right in front of the needle, follow this video tutorial. Otherwise, check out the next video.
Thread a Front-Load Bobbin
The bobbin is the bottom thread of your machine and is an integral part of the machine's ability to make a stitch. If you cannot see your bobbin from the top of your machine, right in front of the needle, follow this video tutorial. Otherwise, check out the previous video. (Thanks to Singer for this video)
What is Seam Allowance?
Seam allowance is one of the most important parts of sewing--this is what makes your project hold together. Think about your favorite T-shirt and the seams that it has on the inside of the shirt. The seam allowance is the width of the seam inside that shirt--when sewing, this is how far away that you should sew from the edge of the fabric. But, how do you choose the right seam allowance size? Check out the video, below.
What does Right Sides Together mean?
Right sides together is the most important thing that you will need to be aware of while sewing. The right side of a fabric is the side that you want to see when the project is done; you can remember this as the "pretty side" of the fabric. When sewing, the majority of seams should be sewn with the two pieces of fabric pinned with their right sides toward each other--this will make the seam go to the inside of the project when finished.
Free Practice Sewing Sheet
Once you have your machine threaded and ready to go, it is a great idea to do some practice stitching before starting on an actual project. Grab your free download of our practice sewing sheet HERE (did you know you can sew on paper?) and follow along with this video to become comfortable with your machine.
How to Navigate a Fabric Store
Even advanced sewists can be overwhelmed by all of the options available at a fabric store! Before heading for your first big purchase, take a look at this video for some handy tips that will save you time and help you feel at home in the fabric isles.
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