Sewing machines are expensive, so if you decide to purchase one, make sure it is the model that you want.  There are many styles to choose from, so make sure it does all the stitches and has all the special features that you want.  Of course, the more features you choose, the higher the price tag will be.  You can sit at the sewing machine in the store and try it before buying it to make sure it is the machine for you.  If you will be working mainly with heavy fabrics, you might consider buying a heavy-duty machine.


After you purchase and bring home your new sewing machine, read the manufacturer’s handbook thoroughly, as this will tell you how to care for your machine.  Your machine will need to be oiled from time-to-time.  If you use it everyday, make sure you oil it everyday also.  The handbook will tell you where to oil it.

In order to sew, you must of course first plug in the machine and turn the light switch on and then thread the machine.  According to the handbook, thread your sewing machine and then the bobbin.  You need a bobbin with thread in order to sew, unless you have an overlook model, which instead of a bobbin on the bottom of the machine, it has a place for an extra roll of thread on top of the machine.  Your machine either came with a foot control or a knee control.  Placing your foot on the pedal or your knee against the bar will start the machine.

Changing the needle is easy.  Just turn the screw that is located by the presser foot lever, which holds the needle, replace it and then tighten it.
To adjust the tension, find the dial on your machine that has numbers on it.  This is the tension dial.  Some machines have a lever you slide back and forth to reach the desired tension.  If you are uncertain about your machine, have the salesperson that sold it to you adjust the tension and have the machine running in tip-top shape before you leave the store.

Practice all your stitching on separate pieces of fabric, to get used to the feel of the machine and the many stitches it can do.