Last Updated On July 4th, 2019
Sewing machines have been around for a long time. They were at one point a necessity in just about every home. Everyone in decades past knew how to sew. Most girls were made to learn how to do basic sewing in mandatory Home Economics classes in junior high and high school.
Today, less people know this time honored skill. One of the reason is because people need instruction to be able to use one properly. The short answer as to whether or not a sewing machine is easy to use is, no. However, if you have the proper instruction sewing can become easy with time.
Understanding Your Sewing Machine
A sewing machine has many parts and many different adjustments. There are certain steps that must be taken in order for the machine to work properly. Even though the sewing machines of today make completing sewing jobs much easier than compared to decades ago, you still need some pretty clear instructions and plenty of practice before you are able to operate the unit with confidence.
Newer machines are digital and learning the settings and adjustments are completely different than those from twenty years ago. If you had a sewing machine in the past and are planning on acquiring a new model to get back into the saddle you may end up basically learning how to sew all over again.
Pay special attention when dealing with small parts and ensure that everything fits properly into its place. Small parts can be damaged quite easily and can even pose a risk of injury if not placed into the machine correctly.
Be sure that you are very familiar with settings and what each part of the sewing machine’s function is before you start creating your next runway look. Some of the higher priced models can be pretty intimidating to operate if you don’t take the time to learn how they work and what the settings are for.
If you have friends that sew you should try to enlist their help in trying to become familiar with the machine. You can read the directions but it is quite a bit more effective if you have someone that knows what they are doing to show you the ropes.
Practice Makes Perfect
More goes into sewing than just knowing how to set the sewing machine up but that know-how is necessary to be able to get started learning the other things you need to know. Most people will need to practice on scraps for some time before they get the hang of the machine. Practicing techniques is the only way to really learn and retain the information.
Sewing machines eventually become easier to use but you are not going to be able to sit down and automatically figure out how everything works. If you are planning on purchasing a machine and you are a beginner you should find an inexpensive model and work with it until you build skills and know how to handle the machine and its parts.
Sewing is a great pass time, but it requires a desire to learn and the accessories are not cheap. If you do stick with sewing it can be a great life skill to have and you may even decide to take it up as a hobby.
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