Do you want to differentiate industrial sewing and embroidery machine. To properly secure your seams at the beginning and end you want to use the reverse function right at your fingertips. Lower your press foot down on your fabric. Make sure your needle starts in the fabric first, and go ahead and stitch about three stitches forward. Three or four. Touch or hold the reverse button and stitch three or four stitches back. Now, it’s okay if you go off the edge of the fabric, but then once you let go it will go ahead and stitch down. Following the seam allowance based on the project you’re working on, sew all the way to the end of this seam. You’re going to sew all the way to the end and edge of the fabric, and you can stop and push it, or you can just push it when you’re ready. Then back a few stitches. Needle up to check it. What’s really nice is that these seams are not going to come undone when you pull on them. That’s what the reverse button does, is it secures it. Notice it goes back in the exact same holes that it did as it was going forward. So make sure you secure your seams on your projects every single time, using the reverse button.
Some of you are used to holding your threads when you start to sew, push them out the back, holding on to them, lowering your pressure foot down. Do you know, on this machine you actually don’t have to hold them. They could even be out here at 9:00, 10:00, 11 or 12:00, wherever you’re used to putting them. The key is that when you start, the needle needs to come into fabric first. If you’re going to miss the edge and it’s going to into air, yes, you might want to hold onto those a little bit with one finger off the back side. Watch, when you let the machine start, you don’t have to hold those threads because it’s when you are done, this is what’s key, before you take your fabric out and you finish your previous stitch, you start the needed up button and bring the needle up. That make sure the stitch is complete so when you start again, you don’t have to hold these threads with you finger.
So many times, people have to hold them because otherwise the thread comes out the needle. This is why, usually, they’re turning the hand wheel. When you turn the hand wheel and only bring that need up a little ways, the take up lever is way down here. The first thing you’re going to do when you go to stitch is finish this stitch and it’s going to drag that thread up and out of the needed and that’s why people hold their threads. If you let the machine do what it’s actually naturally good at, stopping with the needle in the up position after you touch your needle up button then you don’t have to worry about it. Look, it already is saving you time by using the tools that came with the machine. All patterns have some type of seam allowance listed, but they’re not all the same. For quilting for example, there’s 1/4 inch seam allowance.
For sewing garments usually 5/8 of an inch seam allowance, and you have markings on this throat plate. 5/8 is right here, 1 inch, and then continued on out here, they’re also listed in metric, and you do have the seam guide from the walking foot that will also fit on this machine. Watch where this goes. You can slide this in, there’s a little gap at the back, just above here. It’s going to be tight to push it in, that’s OK. Give it a good push because we don’t want this to move while we’re sewing. If we set this say for 5/8 of an inch, right about there, when we go to sew, all we need to do is watch our blade, our guide here, and keep our fabric going right with it. We can start up and go a little faster here. Do our reverse at the top, and then start sewing. Look how straight everything is going to be.
It’s going to keep everything, it’s almost like training wheels if you’re new to sewing, that would be a great help, and then just go ahead and lock it at the end. Needle up, lift up the presser foot, and cut the thread on the side. Look how nice and even that you sew. Even I as a seasoned sewer like to use a guide and it can really help make it look nice and professional and keep things going. Just make sure that you always check out your seam allowance for the pattern you’ve selected and make sure you follow the correct line, because then everything will fit together as it should be.