You can do anything with sewing machines like sewing plastic bags. Free motion sewing is stitching on your sewing machine, but being able to sew in any direction. You can do this with a straight stitch to create a quilted look or use a machine satin stitch and create your own monogramming. With some machines, you can buy a free motion foot, like this one. But just because you don’t have this foot, doesn’t mean you still can’t do it. You will need to have the ability to put the feed dogs down. The feed dogs need to be down to prevent them from moving our fabric. If you don’t have a free motion foot, you can simply remove the presser foot and presser foot holder. You still need to be able to lower the foot lever, but you don’t want it to press on the fabric. For single stitching free motion, such as getting a quilted look, you should use spray basting to hold your layers together. My layers are fabric, cotton batting and then fabric again. Decide where you want to stitch like outlining something on your print, or use a fabric marker to draw a design to use as a guideline.
By turning your hand wheel, put the needle in and out of the fabric and pull your top thread to bring up the bobbin thread so that both are on the top side of your quilt sandwich. Then put the foot presser lever down and start sewing, following your pattern. Sew as slowly as you can and push your fabric as steady as you can to make the stitches as even as possible. Take your time and don’t stress out if you’re not following your pattern perfectly. Also, be sure to keep your fingers as faraway from the needle as possible. For a regular sewing machine, it’s recommended that you do this with smaller projects, rather than try to do this with full size quilts. When you finish sewing, lock off your stitch by going over your last hole twice and then lift up on the presser foot lever to release the thread tension to make it easier to pull out your fabric.
To do free motion on a single layer of fabric, such as with a monogram, put your fabric into an embroidery hoop and make the fabric as taut as possible. Draw your design on the right side of the fabric. The right side should be on the inside of the hoop. Place your hoop under the needle and for monogramming select a satin stitch which is just a zig zag stitch with a small stitch length. I have both threads on the right side of my fabric and I start sewing, moving my fabric by holding on to the hoop.
If you move too fast, so your stitches look a little thin, you can just go back over the area to make it look more filled in. Again, take your time. If your stitches don’t look good, such as the tension looks too loose, it’s probably because you forgot to put your presser foot lever down. Doing free motion sewing isn’t easy and it may take a lot of practice so try it on scraps until you get the look you desire Once you do master it, it’s a fun way to embellish your projects.
As you know, last week I uploaded a video about threading on my Juki industrial sewing machine but if you don’t have industrial machine at home, no need to worry, because today I’m going to show you how to do threading on my portable machine. My portable machine type is Singer Tradition 2250. I guess I bought it less than $200 in Indonesia. I bought it around 5 years ago when I just started entering fashion college. I think this machine is really good to use, especially when you are just starting to sew, or just starting to learn. To start using the machine, first, we need to wind the bobbin. Put the bobbin here, you will get some bobbins to start with when you bought the machine then you will see this small parts, that will hold our thread on its place when we are sewing, or winding bobbin. Next, follow the small pict guide there are like numbers on the machine that will guide us then the thread goes like this and ends on the bobbin’s small hole.
Put it ready for winding, by pushing it to the right make sure the presser foot is lifted up, so it won’t collide with the feed dogs then press the foot pedal, and the winding will start. Wait, until you get the amount of threads you needed. After that, now we need to put the bobbin into its case open the lower case, and you can find its case This is the case, and then bobbin goes in. Pull the thread into the small slit on its case and then it’s ready to go back to its place. Next, is threading put the thread on the same thread stand like before. Follow the number guidance on the machine. after that, we need to hook the bobbin’s thread out. Hold the thread like this, and spin the right side control slowly the control shape is circle, you can find it on the top right of your machine and now we are done. Before you start sewing, make sure your sewing preference is right check out the stitch length, the tension, and then the stitch type. If you want just a normal straight stitch, make sure the preference is on the right settings. And finally guys, the machine is ready for you to start sewing This small tutorial is the beginning of your own sewing journey.