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How a sewing machine works

Sewing machines are very practical machines that are used to sew continuous stitches in different textile materials. The first sewing machine was invented by a French tailor named Bartholomé Thimonnier in 1830. Opposition to the machine was strong, and everything produced using this machine was destroyed by angry seamstresses in protest.

The reason for this was that it was said that the fabrics sewn did not keep the same high quality, but it was probably more about a fear that jobs would be lost. Later, the Americans created a new type of sewing machine. Today, there are high-tech machines with lots of functions and settings. Those used for home use sew about 1000 stitches per minute while those used in industry can sew up to nine times more.

Sewing machines with sewing tables sew with two threads at the same time, one upper and one lower thread. The principle is that the upper thread makes a loop through which the lower one is threaded. Under the fabric there is a small conveyor belt that moves the fabric a little forward after the stitch is sewn.

Thanks to technical development, there are advanced sewing machines that can get embroidery and various monsters programmed via a computer. They can then sew these without really having to do much. For those who are interested and want to learn about different techniques, there are many different forums for sharing tips and ideas. There are groups on Facebook where pictures and texts are published that describe different techniques and the results of them.

Until the end of the 19th century, sewing machines were used that were powered by muscle power, ie mechanical sewing machines. When the electric machines came around the turn of the century, they quickly became popular for both home use and industries. Today you can buy really old sewing machines at auctions. These are rarely used for sewing but instead as an antique interior detail.

The stitches

The stitches of the sewing machine often become smoother than when you make them by hand, because it is preset exactly at what distances the stitches are kept. Adjustments can also be made for how wide they should be and how they should look on the bottom and top.

To thread the machine

When you are going to thread a sewing machine, it is important to know how the machine you are going to use works. Most machines have a spool that sits under the needle. Attach the bobbin thread to this. On the top of the machine there are systems for attaching the upper thread correctly. This should then be inserted through the eye of the needle. Before sewing, you need to start on most machines by fishing up the bobbin thread from the spool. When you buy a new machine, there is always a manual that describes how to do when to put wire in your machine, what settings it has and how to change them.

An effective way to learn about your machine is also to test yourself and examine the machine you are going to use and which settings you prefer. All sewing machines work a little differently, even if the principle is the same. It is good to try sewing on a loose piece of fabric to learn more about the machine and its speed and technology.


Your sewing machine often has eternal life. Take care of it and it will be your life partner. A well-maintained sewing machine provides sewing pleasure for many years. Approximately between 3-8 years is considered normal for a sewing machine service, of course depending on how much you sew and how you take care of the cleaning and possibly. Lubrication according to the instruction manual. The most common mistake when the machine sews ugly stitches is that unknowingly used thread of poor quality, which unfortunately is available to buy in many places today. If wire of poor quality is used, it may have formed coatings in the machine’s wire path and make it impossible to get beautiful stitches. In most cases, the machine must be left to a specialist for cleaning. It becomes more economical to use good quality thread and needle from the first stitch. Remember that quality thread always has its own brand, is evenly spun and knot-free.

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