How to Use my Sewing Machine (How-To Course)


How to Use my Sewing Machine (How-To Course)

Machine stitches tend to be stronger and are sewn faster than hand stitches, so for big projects a sewing machine is often essential. For anything beyond the basics, an important objective for a sewing class is the ability to use a sewing machine. Students should know how to operate a sewing machine safely, adjust the thread tensions, set the stitch type and change the machine needle. Trouble shooting of various common problems and the solutions are addressed.

Sergers are used in professional clothing construction to finish seams on clothing and to prevent fabric unraveling. If students are going to construct garments for daily wear, they should be taught how to use a serger type of sewing machine safely. Sergers have exposed knives for cutting fabric as it is sewn, so students need to be very careful. This objective for the class is for more advanced students.

The Sewing Machine / Sergers

1. Parts & Functions
2. Threading
3. Trouble Shooting
4. Adjustable Features: Needles/feet/Bobbins
5. Additional Features: Button Holes/Decorative Stitches/ Zips/Elastic
Fabric & Thread

1. Fabric Terms & Laying Instructions
2. Typical seams and finishing’s
3. Machine Adjustments for weights and types of fabric
4. Types of Thread for various applications/fabrics
5. Decorative Stitching


1. Pattern and Garment Terms
2. Understanding basic pattern instructions

Practical Sewing Tasks

1. Setting up a work area
2. Laying, Pinning & Cutting Template
3. Plan & initiate sewing process
4. Execute all intermediate ironing and finishing processes