Handheld sewing machines also called hand sewing machines are designed for doing small, quick repairs on clothing such as a skirt or blouse you have on or on curtains or drapes hanging at a window. As their name suggests, these little devices are literally held in the hand while using them.

How to Use a Handheld Sewing Machine

Such a small tool isn’t the kind of device to be used for any kind of heavy-duty or large-scale sewing. Hand sewing devices like the Singer Sew Quick or the L’il Sew and Sew are intended to work on light- to medium-weight fabrics. They sew a chain stitch using a single thread, so there’s no spool sitting on top. Instead, these machines work with a pre-loaded bobbin that fits inside the case and threads into the needle.

It’s essential to learn how to adjust the tension or tightness of the thread tension by twisting a knob or dial on the case. A lower number loosens the thread and a higher number tightens it. If the stitches look like a series of loops, then the thread needs to be tightened. If the chain stitch pulls on the fabric and causes it to bunch up, then the thread should be loosened.

As with larger models, it may be necessary to adjust the thread tension depending on the type and thickness of the fabric being sewn. Experimenting with different numbers on the hand sewing machine should reveal a range of settings for various fabrics.

Some handheld models run on batteries and are cordless; others have a cord and plug into a nearby outlet. Most of this type have their needles built in and require more repair if a needle should break.

The Secret to Success When Using A Handheld Sewing Machine

The trick to using a handheld sewing machine is to learn how to sew twice over the same seam. This is because this model only creates a chain stitch that doesn’t interlock as with a standard sewing machine. That means that the chain stitch can be easily pulled out of the fabric. To secure the items sewn with a handheld model, sew a single seam. At the end of that chain, take the fabric out, turn the sewing machine around, and sew over the original seam. This technique will ensure that the repair stays in.

Handheld sewing machines are cheap and convenient for doing small, quick repair jobs without having to lug around a larger machine. As long as you do not use this little device to do the job of a regular machine, you won’t be disappointed.

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