A mini sewing machine comes in handy for use at home. It is small enough to not use a lot of space in your house and easy to use. You can learn how to sew on it or carry out repairs big and small from home. To work on the mini sewing machine, you need to learn how to thread it.
How to Thread a Mini Sewing Machine
You thread a mini sewing machine by first setting your top thread on. Pull and roll out a thread that you pass through seven areas until it reaches the sewing needle. Depending on the brand of your sewing machine, manufacturers mark these seven areas to ease threading.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to thread your mini sewing machine.
Steps to Thread a Mini Sewing Machine
- If you have a new mini sewing machine, make sure you read the manual before you use it.
- To thread, you need sewing thread and keen eyes. Place your thread on the spool pin. This is a long and firm pin that extends on top of the sewing machine.
- Unroll your spool and pull a piece of thread. Pass this piece of thread through a small wire hook directly below the spool. Its eye is larger than a needle’s, so it will be easy.
- After this hook is the tension controller. It is a knob that attaches two metal plates to the sewing machine. Pass your thread between these two metal plates. The tension controller regulates how taut the thread is as you sew. You do this by turning the knob.
- Right next to the tension controller is another small wire hook. Pass your thread through this hook, too.
- Pass your thread through the sewing machine lever on the top of the extreme left end. This lever moves up and down as you sew to help unroll your thread.
- Right below the lever is another wire hook. Pass your thread through this hook, too.
- Pass your needle through a hole just above the needle eye and pull it out on the other side.
- Finally, pass your thread through the eye of the needle. Make sure that you can see the needle’s eye hole for easier and faster threading. You can use a needle threader if you find threading directly difficult.
How to Use a Mini Sewing Machine
- The first step towards using a mini sewing machine is threading. Once you have successfully completed the threading process, your mini sewing machine is ready to use.
- Thread the bobbin. The bobbin is located just beneath the sewing table where the needle and fabric meet. When sewing, the thread on the needle and that bobbin meet to form a stitch. It is important to thread the bobbin properly. If you don’t, all you will have for stitches is layers of thread.
- For a mini sewing machine, the bobbin is easy to locate. Mini sewing machines have a chamber right next to the sewing needle. Open it up and retrieve the bobbin. The bobbin is cylindrical, with two round plates on each end and a bar in the middle. Make sure that a substantial amount of thread goes around the bar. Secure the bobbin in its holder. Give it a slight tug to make sure that the thread on the needle attaches to that on the bobbin.
- With the sewing machine now fully threaded, test to check how it stitches. Using a fabric that you do not require for your primary task, pass a few stitches on it. Confirm that the sewing machine produces untangled stitches. If the stitches are tangled, untangle them and confirm that your threading is well done. When everything is perfect, you can now move to the next stage.
- Remember to set your thread to the correct tension for the project you are undertaking. If your thread is not taut enough, it may lead to tangled stitches and even break your sewing needle. Also, the tension controller straightens your thread for better stitches. You are now ready to stitch.
- Before you stitch, make sure you have placed your mini sewing machine on a firm surface. When your mini sewing machine is unstable, you will not make the best stitches. You should work with it on a flat and firm surface for better results.
- If you have followed all these steps, you are now ready to stitch. Using a mini sewing machine is not entirely different from using a large sewing machine. You may have to get used to using a mini sewing machine for its small size.
Pros of a Mini Sewing Machine
A mini sewing machine is a great sewing machine. It is suitable for both beginners and sewing experts. Here are some benefits you will gain from acquiring a mini sewing machine.
A mini sewing machine is much cheaper and affordable compared to a normal size sewing machine. You will not have to break your bank to get to learn how to sew or to get a home sewing machine. For a pocket-friendly price, you will get all the features of a normal size sewing machine.
The mini sewing machine is also easy to use. It comes fully assembled and all you need to do is thread it and start stitching. It is therefore highly suitable for beginner level sewing.
It is light enough to carry around easily. You can carry it easily to a sewing class or to a client who needs some minor stitching repairs quickly.
It also does not require much space to work on. You only need a small working surface with this sewing machine. You, therefore, need not look for extra space to work from. You can work from any small space that you get.
Cons of a Mini Sewing Machine
If you are used to using the larger size sewing machine, you will definitely encounter some challenges with the mini sewing machine.
It is slow to use. The mini sewing machine unlike the large normal size sewing machine has only two-speed settings. For beginners, this is good as they will not make mistakes caused by the speed of the machine. Experts may see this low speed as a challenge.
Because of its small size, it is difficult to use it to stitch thick fabrics. Denim, leather, and other hard and thick fabrics may cause the mini sewing machine’s needle to break.
Needles break regularly. Because of the size of the needle, you will face regular needle breakage. To solve this, you need to buy your needles in bulk. Also, ensure that for every new project you start, you use a new needle.
What Can You Do with Mini Sewing Machines?
Mini sewing machines have limited uses. This is mainly because of its small size. However, there are some things that you can do with it. First, you can use it to teach or learn how to sew. It is light enough to carry around and slow enough to not stitch with correctly.
If you have small sewing projects, this is the best machine to use. You cannot use it for heavy projects such as quilt making. Mini sewing machines have fewer stitch options. This also contributes to the size and number of projects you can work on with it.
Mini sewing machines also come in many colors. If you want to add color to your working space, you can choose your favorite color from a range.
The mini sewing machine is handy. You can carry it around wherever you want. With its low speed, you will have perfect stitches on your projects, thus providing excellent results. Once you thread your mini sewing machine, start your project. It is simple to understand and use.