Sewing is AWESOME and I think more people should be doing it. And since lots of people get sewing machines for Christmas or resolve to learn a new skill for the new year, January seems like a great time to launch something that literally spent all of 2014 on my to-do list. So I aim to grow our community by adding more members – and the only way to do that is if more people learn to sew!
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Parts of a Sewing Machine
Check out this video to learn how to tell your doohickey from your thingamabob from your bobbin and your feed dogs and exactly what that uppy/downy part is called.
And if for some reason you can’t see the video below, watch it on YouTube here.
And just in case you wanted to take notes on that, you can download this free printable to label for yourself.
If I talked too fast above, here’s your cheat sheet image (this is the printable with the labels filled in).
How to Thread Your Machine and Sew a Straight Line
Alright, we now know the uppy/downy is actually called the take up lever, so let’s move on to how to thread it. Watch the video below to see me threading my machine – and don’t worry if yours is different; they all follow about the same path.
In case you can’t see the video below, watch on YouTube here.
Close up of the needle area – because I know that was hard to see in the video.
And now for your homework for your first project – practice sewing straight lines! This is the basic skill all sewing is built on. Once you’ve mastered sewing a straight line with a straight stitch, try a zig-zag stitch, and once you get the hang of that, play with any other stitches your machine came with that intrigue you.