How To Use Brother Sewing Machine

How To Use Brother Sewing Machine

Sarah, you asked if a more expensive machine makes sewing easier. I have to say yes. Several years ago when I got back into sewing, I had an older Singer (1950’s) and I felt like it was doing a great job. Long story, short…..I ended up taking classes at a local Bernina dealer where you used whatever brand of machine you had. I watched those using higher end machines just breezing on thru things while I struggled with every step. It felt like I was fighting the machine all the way. Once I tried the Bernina, I was sold. Everything went so much smoother. I’m on my third Bernina (due to upgrading to get one that embroiders also) and I LOVE it. I used a Janome at a friend’s and also liked the way it ran and many of the features it had. On the other hand, I’ve used other low end machines at my two daughter’s and still can’t believe the difference. I’ve heard, Buy the best you can afford and you won’t be sorry.

One of the first skills you’ll need when learning how to sew is actually reading. When you’ve chosen a beginner sewing machine, be sure to read the manual carefully. When you’ve selected a pattern, read through all of the instructions. If the information seems overwhelming, simply take it one step at a time and start with the overview, which will help you understand the patternmaker’s instructional style.

You’ll also want to consider the project. If you’re making a skirt you plan to wear often, choose something durable and washable. Pre-wash the fabric: Launder it before cutting out the pattern pieces to eliminate shrinkage and most color bleeding. If you’re making home décor, such as a pillow, aim for durability. You probably won’t be washing the pillow regularly, so laundry instructions aren’t as important. And for cosplay, the sky is the limit, including nontraditional materials not used for general apparel.

There’s no question—the simplest fabric for beginner sewers is a plain-weave cotton, like the solid fabrics quilters use. It allows you to concentrate on developing basic sewing skills without the need for fabric-wrangling tricks. That said, a confident beginner can handle other fabrics, too, such as T-shirt jersey or denim. If cosplay is your interest, you may even jump into something thick or shiny, but it’s a good idea to consult with other sewists online or in person to get a few tips.

I, like many others, received a new machine for Christmas. I am thrilled to begin sewing again. This machine has embroidery capabilities as well. I am excited to learn to use those options to enhance my home and my children’s homes as well.

Begin with a machine needle designed for embroidery that is optimized to work with embroidery threads at high speed. Embroidery needles are available in sizes 11 and 14. The smaller (size 11) needle will work on most fabrics, but it’s nice to have a size 14 needle available for heavy fabrics, or if you have problems with thread breakage at the needle.

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Carrie’s machine is a beautiful basic Janome. When I asked her if I could borrow her machine to snap some pictures I didn’t know she had a Janome too, but let me just say that I love Janome. You can’t go wrong with Janome. And from what I understand, Kenmore is the baby sister of Janome and I highly recommend them too. (Kenmore is what I started on.)

When you’re learning how to do embroidery, the choices for embroidery stabilizers may seem daunting. To get started in embroidery, you can purchase just three: a tear-away, for embroidering on stable woven fabrics; a cut-away, to support embroidery throughout the life of a knit fabric; and water-soluble, to use as a topper on towels or as a base for freestanding lace designs.

You’ll also need bobbin thread. For the proper tension, digitized designs are stitched with a lightweight bobbin thread. The good news is, you’ll only need white thread for your bobbin, regardless of the colors on the embroidery’s right side, because the bobbin thread isn’t visible from the front of the work. Add black bobbin thread to your supplies if you’re embroidering on dark fabrics.

What’s the best sewing machine for me? The answer to this question begins with a bit of self-reflection. What do you want to do with your starter sewing machine? Learn the basics of putting layers of fabric together to make clothing and other projects Decorate fabrics with fancy stitches Sew with stretchy knit fabrics Finish the edges of fabric in seams, shawls, etc. Add names to scrubs and other items Create fanciful costumes from a variety of fabrics for Halloween, cosplay, or just for fun Embroider large or small designs Also consider your skill level. If you’re sewing for the first time, you may want to begin with a basic sewing machine that sews straight and zigzag stitches, and can make buttonholes. That’s one way to keep cost down, and you can always upgrade when you find that sewing is a hobby you want to keep pursuing. Besides, you’ll be surprised how much you can do with the simplest of stitches. Shop around and try several sewing machines if you can, especially if you’re moving up to embroidery. Find a machine with user-friendly controls, and ask other sewists at your local fabric store or machine dealer, or on online forums, which machines they use and recommend. Ultimately, be sure to choose a beginner sewing machine that you’re comfortable with. If you find yourself itching to get back to your machine whenever you’re doing something else, that’s a sign that you’ve chosen well.

When it comes to mastering seam allowances, practice sewing an even distance from the edge of your fabric. Patterns may have 5/8″, 1/2″, 3/8″, or 1/4″ seam allowances, but it’s always important to sew at a consistent seam allowance width so that the project finishes at the right size. Machine beds often have guidelines to assist you in gauging your seam allowances. Start practicing straight seams, and graduate to curves. Watch the edge of the fabric directly to the right of the needle on curves; that’s the only point that has to be at the correct width when the stitch is taken, but of course, it’s constantly changing.

The truth is, anyone can learn to sew. It can take practice to master the basics of machine sewing, but with time, a little patience, and the right equipment, you’ll be well on your way. To make machine sewing a little easier—and a lot more fun—be sure that you have the right resources, including a basic sewing machine (Brother offers many sewing machines for beginners), as well as instruction books and videos, and tools and notions.

Now, as I show you Carrie’s machine, keep in mind that every machine looks different, but that yours is likely to have a lot of these same parts. Have your user’s guide or manual handy so that you can refer to it since your machine is probably a little different.

Sewing Made Easy – A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing Estimated read time: 9 minutes Whether you want to learn how to sew a hem or you’re looking to create your own clothing and home décor, chances are you’ll find that sewing is a wonderful hobby that can last a lifetime. But before you embark on all your pent-up projects and unleash your imagination, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with some fundamentals. Read on to learn the basics of sewing for beginners.

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What’s the difference between machine embroidery and hand embroidery? Both machine and hand embroidery are enjoyable pastimes, but they utilize decidedly different equipment and skills. Hand embroidery has been around since antiquity. The only essential supplies are needle, thread, and fabric, although a hoop is often used to maintain tension on the fabric. There are hundreds of different stitches and techniques that can be used for hand embroidery. Stranded cotton embroidery floss and smoothly woven fabric are beginner embroidery basics, along with an embroidery or crewel hand-sewing needle. Machine embroidery is divided into two types: hand-guided stitching, or needlepainting, and programmed machine embroidery. For hand-guided machine embroidery for beginners, you’ll need a sewing machine with feed dogs that can be disabled or covered. There are no stitches to learn in hand-guided embroidery. Instead, the operator takes control of the fabric’s movement and lays stitches on the fabric surface in any direction. It’s very much like free-motion quilting and can either follow a sketched design or be worked completely freehand. Programmable machine embroidery is a product of the industrial revolution, but only entered the home-sewing market during the last decades of the 20th century. It’s completely machine guided for consistent results. Designs in a wide range of styles are available, as well as a variety of fonts for monograms and lettering. Some of the designs look so much like hand embroidery it’s hard to tell the difference!

Hey! i just found your blog and i know I’m a little late in taking this class. i just have a quick question. I just got a Singer Talent about two days ago, so I am super new at this, and while i was reading the book it says my machine has an automatic needle threader and I don’t have the slightest idea how to use it. i was wondering if you know how to use this and could possibly explain it a little clearer. Thank you so much for these lessons, i’m sure these will help me a lot.

Finally, when you’re learning how to sew, try to let your machine do its job. Don’t push or pull fabric under the needle; just guide it along and watch the needle magic happen. And don’t be afraid to experiment with your machine. Keep fabric scraps handy so that you can explore new techniques, and try out different features to learn how you can make them work for you.

I know this was a posted awhile ago, but I am so glad you are keeping it up. My 9 almost 10 year old daughter has been begging me to teach her how to sew with the machine. We will both be using your site as I never really learned, just always winged it! Lol. Looking forward to your lessons and some bonding with my girl! Thanks again!

Nope, I don’t have to do that on my machine, but that’s a good point. That’s why I want everyone to keep their manual handy too because every machine is so different.

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This is a time when everyone is at home because of COVID -19 and I decided to take out my sewing machine that I found on craigslist for free!!! It is a 1972 Singer Stylist 518. It does not have a lot of bells and whistles but it works, and I have the manual and all the little attachments that came with the machine. I have used a newer machine in the past but thought that I needed to start from the beginning. I would like a new machine like I am sure everyone would , but it is not in my budget at this time. I just wanted to thank you Amber because I was intimidated until I started to read the beginning of your blog. I pray that I am on a journey of a lifetime!!!!

If you can shop in person, be sure to touch and handle the fabric you’re considering. If it is very stretchy (it sags over the edge of your cutting table) or slippery (it slithers onto the floor as soon as you take your hand away), it’s not the best fabric when you’re learning how to sew.

Amber, like many others I’ve sent my granddaughter and daughter to your blog. Hopefully, they are taking these lessons. I’m taking them myself as a refresher and would like to say what a thorough job you are doing. Thank you so much.

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What you need to do is take one of your empty bobbin cartridges and the thread in the color you need. On your bobbin cartridge, there will be a little hole to stick the end of your thread through. You’re going to need to look at your own manual again to see how to do this for sure on your machine. It will involve putting your thread on your spindle, wrapping it around something like this: (see the little silver button on there, you would wrap it around that once, as shown in the diagram on the machine)

Hi Amber — this is SO awesome! (found via Pinterest) . . . I learned some super basic sewing stuff when I got my sewing machine before college (2004-ish?), but have always wanted to do more than just hem my pants for my short self, lol! Thank you so much for posting this

Is it hard to learn how to sew? The truth is, anyone can learn to sew. It can take practice to master the basics of machine sewing, but with time, a little patience, and the right equipment, you’ll be well on your way. To make machine sewing a little easier—and a lot more fun—be sure that you have the right resources, including a basic sewing machine (Brother offers many sewing machines for beginners), as well as instruction books and videos, and tools and notions. If you’re using a sewing machine from your grandmother’s attic, recognize that it may be the source of frustrations like poor stitch tension and thread breakage. If so, you may want to consider visiting a dealer and asking to try out an entry-level sewing machine to determine whether it’s you or the machine that’s having difficulties. If you fall in love at first stitch, maybe a new machine is exactly what you need to develop your sewing skills!

On the front of the machine, you will find several knobs. On this particular machine, there is a knob with letters-when you turn that knob you change what type of stitch you are doing-straight stitch, zig-zag, etc. Below that you find another knob which changes the length of the stitch-are they tiny, close together stitches or long, farther apart ones? That knob determines this. To the right of both of these you find a stitch guide which shows what stitch options this machine has (and again, you would select which stitch you want to use by turning the knob at the top):

Estimated read time: 9 minutes Whether you want to learn how to sew a hem or you’re looking to create your own clothing and home décor, chances are you’ll find that sewing is a wonderful hobby that can last a lifetime. But before you embark on all your pent-up projects and unleash your imagination, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with some fundamentals. Read on to learn the basics of sewing for beginners.

Invest in a good, basic how to sew book, or find reliable sewing tutorials online. The Brother YouTube channel, for example, features numerous sewing tutorials for beginners. Some of the basic sewing skills to learn include:

Hi! I am Amber. I’m first and foremost a mom to 4 boys. When I am not being a mom or a wife I love to bake, I love to sew, I love to read and I don’t like to sit still. Welcome to Crazy Little Projects where I show off my latest crazy projects and show you how you can do them too. Thanks for visiting!

Hey! i just found your blog and i know I’m a little late in taking this class. i just have a quick question. I just got a Singer Talent about two days ago, so I am super new at this, and while i was reading the book it says my machine has an automatic needle threader and I don’t have the slightest idea how to use it. i was wondering if you know how to use this and could possibly explain it a little clearer. Thank you so much for these lessons, i’m sure these will help me a lot. -Nicole

Hand embroidery has been around since antiquity. The only essential supplies are needle, thread, and fabric, although a hoop is often used to maintain tension on the fabric. There are hundreds of different stitches and techniques that can be used for hand embroidery. Stranded cotton embroidery floss and smoothly woven fabric are beginner embroidery basics, along with an embroidery or crewel hand-sewing needle.

I, like many others, received a new machine for Christmas. I am thrilled to begin sewing again. This machine has embroidery capabilities as well. I am excited to learn to use those options to enhance my home and my children’s homes as well. Thank you for your sewing series; I am thrilled for it to begin. You are doing a great service! Thank you!

After sewing a seam, take it to the ironing board and press by lifting and replacing the iron along the seam; don’t slide the iron. Seam allowances are usually pressed open in garment sewing. Be sure that your iron is at the correct temperature for your fabric, and be sure that the fabric is flat on both sides of the seam—no pleats or tucks.

If you are here because you have a new machine, I want to make sure that you know that I run a whole Learn to Sew series full of free online sewing lessons from everything you need to know to start sewing, how to sew a straight line and even which sewing machine to buy if you’re still in the market. And it’s all free. So be sure to check all of that out starting here.

Sarah, you asked if a more expensive machine makes sewing easier. I have to say yes. Several years ago when I got back into sewing, I had an older Singer (1950’s) and I felt like it was doing a great job. Long story, short…..I ended up taking classes at a local Bernina dealer where you used whatever brand of machine you had. I watched those using higher end machines just breezing on thru things while I struggled with every step. It felt like I was fighting the machine all the way. Once I tried the Bernina, I was sold. Everything went so much smoother. I’m on my third Bernina (due to upgrading to get one that embroiders also) and I LOVE it. I used a Janome at a friend’s and also liked the way it ran and many of the features it had. On the other hand, I’ve used other low end machines at my two daughter’s and still can’t believe the difference. I’ve heard, Buy the best you can afford and you won’t be sorry. Amber, like many others I’ve sent my granddaughter and daughter to your blog. Hopefully, they are taking these lessons. I’m taking them myself as a refresher and would like to say what a thorough job you are doing. Thank you so much.

Programmable machine embroidery is a product of the industrial revolution, but only entered the home-sewing market during the last decades of the 20th century. It’s completely machine guided for consistent results. Designs in a wide range of styles are available, as well as a variety of fonts for monograms and lettering. Some of the designs look so much like hand embroidery it’s hard to tell the difference!

How do I choose fabric and thread? There’s no question—the simplest fabric for beginner sewers is a plain-weave cotton, like the solid fabrics quilters use. It allows you to concentrate on developing basic sewing skills without the need for fabric-wrangling tricks. That said, a confident beginner can handle other fabrics, too, such as T-shirt jersey or denim. If cosplay is your interest, you may even jump into something thick or shiny, but it’s a good idea to consult with other sewists online or in person to get a few tips. If you can shop in person, be sure to touch and handle the fabric you’re considering. If it is very stretchy (it sags over the edge of your cutting table) or slippery (it slithers onto the floor as soon as you take your hand away), it’s not the best fabric when you’re learning how to sew. You’ll also want to consider the project. If you’re making a skirt you plan to wear often, choose something durable and washable. Pre-wash the fabric: Launder it before cutting out the pattern pieces to eliminate shrinkage and most color bleeding. If you’re making home décor, such as a pillow, aim for durability. You probably won’t be washing the pillow regularly, so laundry instructions aren’t as important. And for cosplay, the sky is the limit, including nontraditional materials not used for general apparel. The best choice for basic thread is a high-quality polyester all-purpose thread. The threads sold in fabric stores and in some big box retailers will work well in most machines and are great for beginners. Be sure to find a color that matches your project fabric or a contrasting color for decorative stitching. There’s no need to buy all the colors right away. Keep large spools of white, black, gray, and beige threads in your sewing kit. One will blend into almost any project, so they’re perfect to keep on hand for basic sewing and repair.

There’s no need to buy all the colors right away. Keep large spools of white, black, gray, and beige threads in your sewing kit. One will blend into almost any project, so they’re perfect to keep on hand for basic sewing and repair.

I have always been a fan of hand stitching, however, nowadays its pretty hard to quick and proper alteration with just your hands. I personally started using a sewing machine and my first mistake was about not taking care of thread tension. So please make sure you adjust the thread tension according to the fabric. And Amber really very helpful article, thank you for this

Tonight I was really excited to bust out this old sewing machine that I got as a hand-me-down years ago and practice threading it. Unfortunately, I do not have the manual, and I have not had luck finding an online copy tonight. It is a Kenmore, model 385.16524000. Do you have any resources or ideas of where to look? Thanks!

Also consider your skill level. If you’re sewing for the first time, you may want to begin with a basic sewing machine that sews straight and zigzag stitches, and can make buttonholes. That’s one way to keep cost down, and you can always upgrade when you find that sewing is a hobby you want to keep pursuing. Besides, you’ll be surprised how much you can do with the simplest of stitches. Shop around and try several sewing machines if you can, especially if you’re moving up to embroidery. Find a machine with user-friendly controls, and ask other sewists at your local fabric store or machine dealer, or on online forums, which machines they use and recommend.

OK, you’ve done it. You bought a new sewing machine, got one for Christmas or broke the one you bought 3 years ago out of its dusty box. Now what? What are all those buttons and levers? How do you turn this thing on? What do you do now?

Amber, your blog and tutorials are fantastic . They are so thorough and clear. I am a beginning sewer, but I have had a few a small strokes and loss of blood flow to a few areas of my brain. It really affects the way I learn and how I perceive things. Would you ever consider doing a video version of these tutorials? I learn better by hearing and seeing rather than by reading. I am sure I can’t be the only person out there with that issue. If you did a video version, these would be absolutely amazing. Bless you and thank you for giving your time to teach others.

Now, thread your machine. Using the hand wheel (or down/up button if you have one), lower your threaded needle all the way down and back up again and it should catch the bobbin thread and pull it up with the needle thread. Pull both threads to the side and close your bobbin case.

Hi I am Sydney, I am 8 years old and I want to learn how to sew. My mom has a sewing mashine and when I watched her do it I thought, “That is so cool! Oooh, that peddle thingy mabob looks fun!!!” I went on this mostly because I wanted to learn how to sew and partly because my reading log said read a blog and respond. This really helped me learn and I can’t wait to start sewing!!! P.S: I love your blog!!!

Ultimately, be sure to choose a beginner sewing machine that you’re comfortable with. If you find yourself itching to get back to your machine whenever you’re doing something else, that’s a sign that you’ve chosen well.

Whether you want to learn how to sew a hem or you’re looking to create your own clothing and home décor, chances are you’ll find that sewing is a wonderful hobby that can last a lifetime. But before you embark on all your pent-up projects and unleash your imagination, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with some fundamentals. Read on to learn the basics of sewing for beginners.

One other thing to note. On your machine, you will see something like this. See the lines and etchings on the sewing machine in this picture? Those are your seam guides. If a pattern tells you to sew a 1/2 inch seam, for example, you would want to line the edge of your fabric up so that it was parallel with the 1/2″ seam guide. This will make more sense as you start to sew a lot.

For hand-guided machine embroidery for beginners, you’ll need a sewing machine with feed dogs that can be disabled or covered. There are no stitches to learn in hand-guided embroidery. Instead, the operator takes control of the fabric’s movement and lays stitches on the fabric surface in any direction. It’s very much like free-motion quilting and can either follow a sketched design or be worked completely freehand.

In doing a google search last night for patterns for animal hooded towels, I came upon your blog. Let me say that it is just about the best one I’ve seen for sewing projects, ideas, and tutorials. I am not a beginner sewer but I have a daughter that is and I’m referring her to your site. I purchased her a new Janome a couple years ago to help her get started (I have a 20 year old Bernina that will NOT stop, so can’t justify buying anything new for myself!). I’ve been very impressed with her Janome. Thanks so much for your great blog, your great ideas and inspiration!

I, like many others, received a new machine for Christmas. I am thrilled to begin sewing again. This machine has embroidery capabilities as well. I am excited to learn to use those options to enhance my home and my children’s homes as well. Thank you for your sewing series; I am thrilled for it to begin. You are doing a great service! Thank you! Thank you again!

Well hello! Hi! I am Amber. I’m first and foremost a mom to 4 boys. When I am not being a mom or a wife I love to bake, I love to sew, I love to read and I don’t like to sit still. Welcome to Crazy Little Projects where I show off my latest crazy projects and show you how you can do them too. Thanks for visiting

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