A chef is never a good cook without a vast knowledge of spices, ingredients and their use to boost the taste. Similarly, you can never be an expert sewist if you lack a sound knowledge of the parts of a sewing machine.
This is why today we present you with a detail of the sewing machine parts. Go through the write up to get yourself acquainted with them to make the best use of your machine.
The parts of a sewing machine and their functions
A switch that is usually found on the right side of a machine. Using it you can start or stop the power supply to your machine.
A thin stick-like thing that is located on the top of your machine. It may be there either vertically or horizontally to hold your spool thread.
It’s a geometric metal piece that guides the thread from the spool stand to the needle.
Thread take-up lever
After you take the thread through the thread guide, you need to take it around this particular lever. You will find it on the front of your machine.
Just like the thread stand, it’s another thin stick-like thing yet far smaller to hold the bobbin while winding it.
Not all the machines come with this cool addition. It essentially lets you control the stitch length and width to add variety to your sewing. However, different machines feature it in different locations. To learn details of it, you better consult your user manual.
Look for this addition either on the top or on the fore part of your machine. It allows you to fix the perfect tension for the thread so that you can get the thread supply smoothly.
Needle clamp screw
A small nail-like machine part that you will find just beside the needle, no matter which machine you have. Screwing it you can make the needle sit securely without no looseness.
Just under the needle, there is a small metal part known as presser foot. It basically keeps your fabric sitting securely on the feed dog. A machine often comes with two to six different types of presser feet to meet different purposes.
Presser foot lever
An extended metal part that comes out of your machine’s needle side. By taking the lever up and down, you can make the presser foot go up and down respectively.
A serrated addition that remains just below the presser foot and on the needle plate. It is the addition that guides your fabric either to the front or to the back as when you sew.
Needle plate: Got the feed dog? Okay, now look at the back of it. You will see a cover-like metal part with a visible notch on it. This is the needle plate.
Secure your finger top with the notch part of the needle plate and force it to the back. The plate will be displaced and leads you to a small dark room. This is actually the bobbin compartment.
The parts of a sewing machine with which you have been introduced are the most common ones. That is to say your machine might have or mightn’t have some other modern additions, but it won’t miss any of our mentioned ones.