While the days of making one's own clothing as a necessity passed years ago, some people still enjoy the feeling of designing and creating patterns from scratch. These patterns result in various apparel items, as well as curtains, blankets, and other household fabric items. Sewing machines revolutionised sewing upon their invention in the late 18th century, becoming a staple of households across the world by the mid-19th century. Sewing machines barely resemble the first primitive models, with many using computer programming to make projects simple and easy. Knowing how to use a sewing machine creates an informed consumer, as does knowing how to find one in local craft stores as well as on eBay.
Make sure the sewing machine sits on a solid surface. A table made specifically for sewing comes in handy, but a kitchen or dining room table also does the trick, as does a folding bridge table. Position the sewing machine so the needle sits to the left of the operator and the balance wheel sits to the right.
Rather than threading just a simple needle, a sewing machine also requires threading abobbin. Slide the thread of choice onto a spindle and remember to fasten the end of the thread to the spool holder so it stays in place. Then, spin the thread onto the bobbin according to the manufacturer's directions. Once the thread lays securely on the bobbin, slide the bobbin onto the bobbin spindle.
Some sewing machines still use foot pedals, which are the heart and soul of the device. A press of the pedal helps wind the thread onto the bobbin. Keep the foot pressed until the bobbin has desired amount of thread and gently lift the foot to stop the winding action slowly. After winding the bobbin, the pedal controls the sewing pace. Lighter foot movements work for more intricate stitches, while heavier pressing speeds up the machine and works for quick jobs and larger fabric stitching. Remember to use the toe, rather than the entire foot, which offers more control over the pace of the machine.
While many people still use paper patterns with older and more basic sewing machine patterns, many modern machines come with patterns programmed into a computerised machine, taking the guesswork out of sewing. It also takes the literal legwork out of sewing because foot pedals do not come into play. The computer controls the motor inside the machine and directs the needle and thread.
Owners can place different cartridges inside a computerised machine with different thread patterns and stitches for the device to follow. An LED screen indicates the pattern the machine creates from moment to moment, making it easier for the sewer to follow, while creating pre-set designs with ease. Users can also download patterns into some machines via the Internet by connecting a computer to the machine with a USB cord and downloading an almost limitless number of patterns.
Computerised sewing machines make creating different fabric designs simple as they sense where thread and fabric line up, indicating this to the user. With sewing no longer a guessing game, more precise stitching results, as well as more detailed creations.
Sewers do not only rely on downloaded and store bought patterns. Many machines also offer the opportunity for users to create their own patterns with their own series of stitches. Some common stitches include zig-zag stitching, blanket stitching, buttonhole stitches, basting stitches, embroidery stitches, and hemming stitches. Many computerised sewing machines come with keypads so users just type the name and size of the stitch onto the pad and let the computer remember the program, guiding the machine effortlessly to mended clothing and create brand new personal and home fashion.
Once you know the sewing machine usage basics, decide which type is right for you and use the Search bar found on any eBay page to find what you need. Just input the brand and type of sewing machine you want into the bar and watch the results generate. You can also turn to eBay Stores and Daily Deals as other money-saving shopping options.
When your new or new-to-you sewing machine arrives at your door, set it up in your sewing room and pick out the perfect fabric for your first design. You can program your machine or use patterns and follow instructions to create your own fashion or make repairs.