Handheld Sewing Machine Instructions

Written by trisha bartle | 13/05/2017
Handheld Sewing Machine Instructions
Quickly hem a curtain without removing it from the curtain rod using a handheld sewing machine. (dark curtain image by Danuta Kania from Fotolia.com)

Traditional sewing machines take up a lot of space and usually require an entire table or desk dedicated to the machine. If you don't have that much space or you want to do your sewing on the go, consider using a handheld sewing machine instead. Handheld sewing machines are much smaller and don't use a table or foot pedal. Use the handheld sewing machine to hem curtains, fix popped seams or create your own fully crafted garments.

Place the thread bobbin in the bobbin housing on the side of the handheld sewing machine so that the thread exits the bobbin counterclockwise.

Pull the end of the thread away from the bobbin toward the front of the sewing machine. Place the end of the thread inside the separate threader that came with the sewing machine.

Stick the threaded end of the threader through the eye of the handheld sewing machine needle. Pull the thread through the hole and remove the threader. Leave at least two inches of thread hanging from the eye of the needle.

Turn the hand wheel on the side of the handheld sewing machine in either direction until the needle arm is raised.

Lift the presser foot with one hand while placing the fabric underneath with the other hand. Situate the fabric so the needle is directly over where you want to start the seam.

Hold the handheld sewing machine firmly with one hand and press the power switch. Once powered, the unit will start sewing. Guide the fabric through the machine with the other hand. Turn off the power switch to stop sewing.


Choose a thread colour that matches or complements the colour of the fabric.

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