Everything You Always Wanted to Know About A Sewing Machine?

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I learned to sew on the treadle machine then switched to a converted treadle machine then a machine that looks more like today’s sewing machines.  At the beginning I thought that if I had a better machine I could sew better until I finally learned that it is the sewing machine operator that creates the magic, not the machine.

Learning to use a sewing machine starts with the basic:

HowStuffWorks “How Sewing Machines Work”

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Sewing machines turned a tedious task into something fast and easy. Learn about the inner workings of sewing machines and see expert reviews and prices for sewing machines.


I have been sewing for over 60 years so reading the blogs on how to select a sewing machine should be easy but I was wrong.  I would start reading and about the 2nd or 3rd paragraph I was lost.  I decided to go back to basics on how the sewing machine works.  If a person knows how things work, finding a machine that works for them AND being able to make minor repairs to the machine should be easier.  Sew n sow has an easy-to-follow blog:

sew n sow: Learning to sew – your sewing machine

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Now I’m not going to pretend I’m an expert on sewing machines. But I’ve sewn my whole life and I know a bit about them that I’m happy to share if you want some tips on what you need, without being overwhelmed with lots of

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As with most of my articles and blogs, I spend hours researching the internet for good articles and web sites.  Every so often I find the PERFECT blog:  She’s A Sewing Machine Mechanic: Sewing Machine Tensions

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Sewing Machine Tensions. Lets talk about tensions. When a machine comes into the shop, no matter what the problem is, the customer will usually say, “it’s the tension.” If the timing is off, “it’s the tension.” If there’s a burr on


Once you have your sewing machine set up and have had a chance to enjoy sewing seams, SewDaily has a tip that makes me smile.  I didn’t learn this trick until I took my first sewing lesson from a woman who was very strict:

That’s Not a Sewing Machine! That’s an Iron! – Sew Daily – Blogs

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If you really want to learn how to use a sewing machine, I have an important tip for you. Set up your iron and ironing board close by. Everything–and I do mean everything–will look better, fit better, and stitch out more

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Another important trick to learn is using the right sewing machine needle for each project.  Schmetz Needles web site has definitions of terms, enlarged photos of sewing machine needles, illustrations of needles with various thread sizes and a downloadable needle guide







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