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How to Use a Handheld Sewing Machine Full Guide of 2023

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If you work on thin fabrics and want to sew on the go, the hand sewing machine is your best solution. It’s easy to use and convenient. It is best used to mend holes in garments and other types of repairs.

Many people have difficulty using the hand sewing machine. This is because of its small size and even lower functionality compared to the large commercial or home sewing machine. You cannot use it to create intricate patterns on garments. So it is not popular with seamstresses.

How do you use a hand sewing machine?

For a hand sewing machine, the first thing to do is make sure you have the correct batteries and put them in. Insert the bobbin and properly thread the needle. Hold your fabric tight and sew stitches as tight as the hand sewing machine can sew.

Step 1. If you are a beginner in using the hand sewing machine, the first step is to understand it. This means that you must first read the owner’s manual to understand the components and how they connect to make the hand sewing machine easy to use.

First, the hand sewing machine looks like a stapler. This allows you to hold it securely while using it and makes it easily portable.

A hand sewing machine comprises a battery compartment in which you place the batteries that power it.. It also has an easy-to-use spool. You can easily see the coil and change it.

It also comprises a tension change lever or buttons to improve the tension on your thread while sewing. It also has a long needle arm for easy needle threading and safety while sewing.

It also has a screw that helps to secure the sewing machine and has a mounting plate for easier sewing

an on / off switch to start it and an adapter port for when you need an adapter.

These components make up the hand sewing machine. They are small enough to make a handy sewing machine and light enough to take with you.

Step 2. Prepare the hand sewing machine for use. This means that you have to put the batteries in the sewing machine. Different hand sewing machines require more or fewer batteries. Depending on your sewing machine, the battery compartment is also on the side or on the bottom.

Normally hand sewing machines use AA batteries. We can easily find these in stores around you. Before inserting the batteries, make sure the needle arm is in the highest position.

After inserting the batteries, turn on the machine to test if it works.. This causes the needle arm to move up and down as if it were sewing.

Step 3. Once you have the batteries in the hand sewing machine, you will need to insert the bobbin. The bobbin is on one side of the hand sewing machine. The bobbin used in this machine is like that in larger sewing machines.

It holds the thread that goes into the sewing needle. A hand sewing machine, unlike a normal sewing machine, uses only one thread that is fed from the bobbin.

To attach your bobbin, you get a spindle and spring. Be sure to thread the thread before inserting the bobbin.

Insert the shaft through the spool, then attach the spring at the other end where the shaft tesla is coming. Push the spring in and attach the spindle to the designated bobbing hole in the hand’s side sewing machine.

Step 4. After attaching the bobbin, you will need to thread your sewing machine. With the hand sewing machine, I fed the thread from the bobbin. Therefore, thread the bobbin before attaching it.

To thread the hand sewing machine, unroll the thread clockwise from the bobbin. The first position is a thread guide hole located directly above the bobbin. Pass the wire through this hole.

Second, pull and run the wire through the tension control device and pass the wire between the two sheaves. Grab the next thread guide and then lead you to the needle. You can use a needle threader to get the thread through the needle hole.

You are now ready to sew with your hand sewing machine.

Step 5. Sewing. This is the simple part of using a hand sewing machine. When the needle , raise the needle arm to its highest position by turning the handwheel in any direction. Then lift the mounting plate or presser foot with your right hand. Hold gently so that you do not push the needle arm down. Place your fabric under the needle and lower the presser foot.

Now grip the hand sewing machine with your right hand while the left hand holds the fabric. Turn on the machine and start sewing.

While sewing, grip the fabric as you guide it through the machine from left to right. The machine automatically pulls the fabric as soon as we turned it on.

At the end of the fabric, turn off the hand sewing machine.

Step 6. Secure the stitches. You can do this in several ways if you are using a hand sewing machine. First, you can use your hands. Once you have reached the end of the sewn fabric, cut the thread and remove it from the sewing machine.

Turn the fabric over and tie a knot with your hands on the last stitch made by the machine. When you cut your thread at the last stitch, leave a long tail that you will use to tie the sewn stitches into a last knot.

If you are sewing on a normal sewing machine, use a reverse stitch to secure the stitches. A hand sewing machine does not have a reverse stitch. At the end of your sewing, raise the needle by turning the handwheel. Lift the mounting plate and cut the thread

Turn the handwheel, which gets meaningful results up and down to form a loop on the stitches. Stop the sewing machine and pull out your fabric. The loop made us at the back. Turn your fabric over and simply pull the thread. This seals the loop and secures your stitch to your fabric.

Successfully sewing with a hand sewing machine.

What are the pros and cons of using a hand sewing machine?

A hand sewing machine has advantages and disadvantages in its use. I can only compare it with the normal sewing machine. First, the hand sewing machine is compact. This means that it does not have to take up half a room if you only use it once or twice a year.

It is also light. This means it is easy to carry. If you have a customer who needs a quick repair, you can carry your hand sewing machine, go to their place and get your repair done quickly. You can also use it to repair clothes that are still on the body.

The hand sewing machine is also affordable and easier to get than the commercial or home sewing machine.

The hand sewing machine also has several drawbacks. The major drawback is that I can only use it in light fabrics. With more and more people choosing khakis and jeans for their everyday clothes, this sewing machine is becoming obsolete. You cannot use it to mend holes in these garments.

Another drawback is that since it cannot sew in reverse, it does not hold most stitches as tightly. You need to secure them by hand rather than with a machine.

Due to its lightweight, it breaks easily. Also, some people may find it difficult to use it.

Is a hand sewing machine better than hand sewing?

If you compare a manual sewing machine with a normal sewing machine, many would choose the normal sewing machine. How about if you compare she sew by hand?

The hand sewing machine is mechanical. This means that it is faster and more accurate than if you are sewing by hand. This also means that it will save you time and effort when sewing.

Using a hand sewing machine is safer. It reduces the chance of being pricked with a needle while sewing by hand. I hold the needle in place and feed the fabric automatically. This means that you are unlikely to hurt yourself while sewing.

On the other hand, if you sew comfortably by hand, you can work on much harder fabrics than with the handheld sewing machine easily.

By hand sewing, you can also create intricate patterns on your clothes. The hand sewing machine only sews in a straight line. You can use it to embroider over a hole in a garment.

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Mutasim is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a site dedicated to those passionate about crafting. With years of experience and research under his belt, he sought to create a platform where he could share his knowledge and skills with others who shared his interests.