How to use a sewing machine (tension, sewing tips) – For absolute beginners step-by-step guide E3


Now after the last two episodes, we are almost
ready to sew. First let’s take a took at the three button. The first one is tension, it controls the
tension of the top thread. See it can roll to adjust, ranging from 0
to 9, the higher the number is the stronger the tension (on the thread) is. See the lines between 3, 4 and 5, it means
this range is the most commonly used. Which tension to use is really depending on
the material, I often use 3 for cotton, like t-shirt and
viscose material. So for starter we set it as 3. The second one is here, it means the length
of the stitches, ranging from 0 to 4, the higher the number is the longer each stitch is. I usually use 2 or 2 and half. The third one is this roller here, it has
all different kinds of stitches on it. You can roll it to select different stitches,
and as I roll it you can see the position of the needle also changes, that means it is changing to different stitch. The
most commonly used one is the straight stitch, it has two, one is the needle is in the centre,
and the other one is when the needle is positioned on the right. We will use with the centre one for our practise. All the three buttons you can play around
once you are more familiar with the machine, see all the detailed functions, but first
let’s use the basic ones to start sewing. I found this old cotton tank top for practising,
like I said before I recommend to use cotton or viscose material for practising. Because they are not too thick like jeans
or too thin like chiffon, they are easier to work with for beginners. Put the threads to the back, so they can not
get under the needle and being cut off once you are sewing. Now put it under the pressor foot, flip this
lever on the back down, so the fabric can stuck under the pressor foot. Now all we need to do is press the foot pedal
like we did when wind the bobbin, Yeahhh, now you are sewing!! See the machine moves the fabric down automatically, you do not need to pull the fabric when sewing, we only use our hands to help it a little
bit to make sure it does not get tangled or folded. When you finish practicing one line, you can stop the foot pedal, then the needle will stop sewing. Sometimes the needle is still in the fabric
after you stop the foot pedal, now we need to use the hand wheel on the side, turn it
towards you until the needle is all the way up, then we can pull the fabric out, we need
a little bit of power to pull the threads out. On the side of the machine here has a thread
cutter, so you can cut off the thread. Now you have finished the first sewing line,
and check how it looks. It looks pretty good, very even stitches. And that is nice feeling of accomplishment,
right?! Another tip I want to add is this handle here,
it is for the back stitch, when you hold it down the sewing stitch will go backwards. The most common use is to lock the stitches. When we did the first sewing line just now, it was without the back stitch, see the stitch can open like this, it’s like dominos, afterone stitch is open, the rest can open very
soon. You don’t want that. We will do a new line, after sewing the first few stitches, we use this to pull it down, to make a few back stitches, see, it’s going backwards, then the stitches will be locked or intertwined together, so it does not open anymore. See! So that’s all the basics for get sewing
started, I hope these videos are helpful, if they are please give me a thumps up and subscribe to my channel. Happy sewing everyone~~~

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