How To Use A Handheld Sewing Machine – And Components Of Sewing Machine


Do you want to try sewing, but have been demoralized by the complexity and size of standard sewing machines? Or wished you knew how to fix tears and holes in your dress? Do you want to know the right steps for using a handheld sewing machine?

A portable or handheld sewing machine is indeed the best and ideal solution for newbies who wished to try sewing without the need to give out thousands of dollars on a complex and bulky device. This simplified machine is suitable for fixing hems and tears or putting together simple projects such as a homemade party or Halloween costume. This can be used by kids as well.

Overview of the Handheld Sewing Machine

A handheld sewing machine functions the same way as a conventional machine, but with some vital disparities. Usually, a traditional, tabletop sewer run by a foot pedal directs the speed of the stitches. On the contrary, a lot of handheld sewing machines available are push-button or hand button operated.

While conventional sewing machines come with an array of tools and accessories, such as buttonholes and automated zippers and specialty and decorative patterns use when stitching, handheld sewing machines usually do straight stitches.

💡 Handheld Sewing Machine Components

Prior to knowing the proper way of using a handheld sewing machine, let us first give you a short explanation of its components:

  • Battery Compartment: As the name suggests, you will find a small battery that runs the machine.
  • Rotary Wheel: This component helps in the simple movement of the sewing machine.
  • Needle Arm: It is integrated with a long needle arm that looks like a stapler
  • Tension Control: The tension is controlled by the lever or the buttons provided for it.
  • Screw: This is used for tightening
  • Power Switch: Use to charge the sewing machine
  • Fastening Plate: Helps you for an easy and simple sewing
  • Adapter Input:  Part where you find the adapter
  • Bobbin: The bobbin of this type of sewing machine is different from the typical sewing machine

💡 Guide On How to Use the Sewing Machine

✔️ Get the Machine Ready

As mentioned above, this machine is powered by rechargeable batteries. So, the initial step in using is to load the batteries into the machine.

You can use double AA batteries. However, the number of batteries needed differs from one machine to another. You can find the batteries at the bottom compartment. Once installed or inserted, setting up the bobbin is the next thing to do.

✔️ Setting-up the Bobbin

A bobbin is a small reel or wheel design made of either metal or wood, but sometimes plastic material that holds the thread. Not like a conventional sewing machine, a portable type makes use of just a thread to sew. So, you are able to utilize to find the bobbin holder on the side to position the thread suitably. After pulling off the bobbin holder as well as the spring under it, slide it on. Next, place the spring very carefully over the bobbin’s holder hole. Follow this up by gliding the bobbin holder and then put the bobbin into place.

✔️ Threading the Needle

To let the thread go out, the bobbin places clockwise the thread in the bobbin the side of the machine. Drag the end of the thread away from the bobbin towards the front of the machine. Put the end of the thread into the separate header of the sewing machine. 

Fix the end of the threaded threaders in the needle’s eye of the machine. After dragging the thread in the hole, remove the threader immediately. At least 2” of the thread must be left hanging from the eye of the needle.

Keep in mind that the thread passes through the bobbin with the help of the needle’s arm first thread guide, it travels to the tension control dual plates. Then it travels in the second thread guide at the end of the needle’s arm. The needle threader must be utilized to insert the thread in the eye of the needle.

After inserting the thread, turn the rotary; this will let the thread travel beneath the fastening plate. Pick the fastening plate and use the seam ripper to get the thread from under the fastening plate.

✔️ Sew the Fabric

Turn the handwheel located on the side of the machine in either direction once the needle arm is raised. Using your right hand, pick up the presser foot while using the left hand to place the cloth underneath. To make sure the needle is straight over the area you wish to start the seam, put the fabric in the desired position.

Tightly grip the machine using one hand and switch on. After doing this, the handheld machine will begin to sew.

Sewing with the use of this machine is very easy; it is just the threading part that is complex and tricky. After threading the machine, you must raise the fastening plate and put the fabric under it. Ensure you place the cloth where you need to begin stitching.

It is vital to remember that this machine will not stitch from left to right, rather it stitches in reverse. To have gentle tension, use the right hand to hold the cloth and then make use of the power switch located at the top of the machine to switch on. The cloth will make its way in the machine on its own.

✔️Secure the Sews

The last step is to secure sews. When done the row of sews, you have to make sure that sews, or seams will not untangle. In a conventional machine, this is completed with the use of the reverse switch. However, things work in a different way in this type of machine.

In a portable sewing machine, you must lift the needle arm by rotating the rotary wheel. This must be followed by picking up the fastening plate, pull out the thread, and use a stitch ripper to trim it. When done, the rotary wheel must be turned once more; this will enable the needle to go up and down that will take a look in the thread on the backside of the fabric.

Your next step is to pick up the fastening plate, then pull out the cloth. Look for the look on the backside of the cloth and then drag it. This will enable the trailing end of the thread to pass through the front of the cloth to its back. This will secure the seams and, at the same time, avoid it from untangling.

📣 Conclusion

With the help of a handheld sewing machine, you can now avoid embarrassing and awkward situations due to wardrobe malfunction. Being a handheld machine which is perfect for people on the go, this machine needs can be stored in your pocket or purse, and you can use it in the office while riding on the bus or while you are on holiday.

What is more, this amazing handheld sewing machine is also a smart option for those who want to sew every now and then but done what to experience the complexity and convenience which comes with a full-sized or conventional sewing machine. Even if the looks of the handheld sewing machine is a bit different from the conventional sewing machine, it has the capability to perform the same functions.   

Jane Ruffner

I am Jane Ruffner. I am a Happily married woman who loves to Sew.

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