In order to proceed with these lessons on learning to sew, you will need access to a sewing machine. If you do not yet have a sewing machine, see if you can borrow one from a friend or family member.
Different brands and makes of sewing machines can have features that make them look different from each other, but all machines have some basic features in common. It is important to become familiar with the basic aspects of your machine so that you will be able to confidently thread your machine and operate it. I have pictures of two different machines below to illustrate the various components that make them work.
Basic sewing machine components:In addition to the machine itself, there will be a power cord and presser foot. I have not pictured these because they are fairly standard. They will plug into the back or side of the sewing machine. The power cord provides power between the electrical outlet and the machine. The presser foot engages the sewing machine motor and makes it go. Typically, the harder that you press on the foot, the faster the machine will sew.
Top of the machine:
Right side (not pictured):Handwheel - This is a round wheel on the right side of your machine. It can be turned forward or backwards to manually raise or lower the needle.
Power switch - This switch turns the machine on and off. It is usually located on the right side of the machine under the handwheel, but I have seen it on the lower front or lower back of the machine.