A presser foot holds the fabric while sewing
by: Kelsi Watts - A sewing machine presser foot is a removable accessory that is attached to the end of the sewing machine's arm. It is used to hold the fabric in place as it moves through the sewing machine.
The presser foot applies pressure to the fabric, pressing it against the feed dogs (the small, ridged teeth on the sewing machine's bed) so that the fabric moves smoothly and evenly through the machine.
The presser foot also helps to guide the fabric as it is sewn, ensuring that the stitches are straight and even.
The meaning of E1 on a Brother sewing machine
Psst, you likely forgot to lower the presser foot! According to documentation provided by the manufacturer, E1 is the error code you get when you press the foot controller while the reverse/reinforcement button is also pressed AND the presser foot is still raised.
Solution: Lower the presser foot and the error should be cleared.
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.
Sewing machine 'walking foot' description and use
A 'walking foot' is a small brace on your sewing machine that sits on your fabric and guides it past the needle while sewing. The walking foot rests on the top layer of your fabric and ensures that fabric moves ahead at relatively the same speed as the feed dogs below the fabric.
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 bobbin(incl bobbin 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).
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.
Choosing a new sewing machine - Important considerations
The most important step in choosing a new sewing machine, besides model research, is to honestly evaluate your sewing needs, both current and future. What kind of sewing you do, which types of fabrics you prefer, your budget and sewing skill level will help you choose the sewing machine perfect for your needs.
A sewing machine is an appliance (here's why)
A sewing machine is an appliance, it meets the technical definition applied to all home appliances. An appliance is best defined as an instrument designed to perform a specific function. For home appliances a device simply needs to perform a useful function which a home sewing machine does well.
Avoid a sewing machine injury (simple tip)
A good and simple way of avoiding a sewing machine injury is to unplug the machine when not in use. Some machines are easily turned on with a switch or button which a curious pet or child might touch and turn on. To be safe, unplug your sewing machine when you're not sewing.
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.