Bobbin case location on a sewing machine
Front loading bobbin cases are always located on the side of the sewing machine facing the user. Side loading bobbin cases are more rare on newer machines and are located below the needle plate. Note: front loading bobbin cases can be used on side loading machines but side loading bobbin cases, whether removable or inset, cannot be used with front loading sewing machines.
Cause of fabric movement in a sewing machine
The needle plate, a metal plate located under the needle, moves fabric forward during sewing. The needle plate works best with an optional presser foot engaged above the fabric while sewing because the needle plate and presser foot then work in tandem at the same speed.
Basic sewing machine parts to know (All 5)
There are five basic common components in every home sewing machine that you should know how to use. These five allow for user input while typical other parts, such as the motor and casing, do not. The five basic parts to learn about are the bobin(incl bobin housing), the presser foot(and foot dogs), the needle, the throat plat(sometimes called the needle plate) and the electronic controls(electrical switches on older models).
Differences in sewing machines – for your consideration
Sewing machines are not all the same, they don’t all have the same parts inside. Some sewing machines quilt better than others, some sew fine fabrics better and others are more suited to automated industrial use. For best results make sure you understand the differences, strengths and weaknesses of a sewing machine before you rent or buy it.
Sewing machines advance society and trade
Sewing machines revolutionized the garment industry by significantly increasing production capacity. The benefits to society and to trade were immediately noticeable as production of clothes increased and new design options became more widely available. They continue to allow the home tailor to save money and in many cases generate a viable income.
Difference between a computerized and a regular sewing machine
A computerized sewing machine is programmable for repetitive tasks and a regular sewing machine is not. Computerized machines typically have more options and settings to fine tune results. Mechanical machines, on the other hand, require manual user input to perform the same tasks. Many digital machines don’t even require a foot pedal to control speed.
The sewing machine belt shifter – what it does
A sewing machine’s belt shifter is located on the lower part of the sewing machine and its function is to help remove the drive belt. Not all models have a drive belt, or a belt shifter, but for sewing machine models with a belt drive the shifter is needed for belt adjustment and removal.
Different types of home sewing machines
Overlocking or serger machines. Mechanical treadle sewing machines. Electronic mechanical sewing machines. Mini and portable machines. Computerized or automated machines. Embroidery machines. Quilting machines and overlocking Machines.
Avoid sewing over pins in your fabric (injury risk)
Sure, sewing over pins in your fabric is faster and more secure than removing them first, but, it’s dangerous. Sewing over pins in your fabric is not recommended because your sewing machine needle could jam against them causing damage and, possibly, injury. Stay safe by removing pins before they pass under the needle.
What to do with the bobbin when done sewing
Unless you plan to continue with the same sewing project at a later time it’s best to clean up your workspace when done for the day. You can leave the bobbin in the machine for next time but, my personal preference, is to place it on the bobbin winder. Odds are you”ll be needing a different color of thread for the next project.