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Old 02-08-2017, 04:48 PM   #1
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Transition from manual to electronic sewing machine

I learned to sew on an old singer sewing machine (the one that required a foot pedal to start)
A long time ago in a boarding high school in Kenya!
Anyway, the transition to an electronic sewing machine has been harder than I thought. I recall how to thread the spool and lower thread but the upper thread phew!
Any links, tips?
Trying to get my daughter more interested in craft and making things. Right now, she's interested in fashion
And I just remembered that I should have posted the name and model. Maybe tomorrow


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Old 02-09-2017, 01:32 AM   #2
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Youtube is your friend. They have tutorials for everything.
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Re: Transition from manual to electronic sewing machine

Youtube is definitely the place to start - every model is slightly different, and if you search for your particular machine there should be some kind of tutorial.
They are (in my experience) basically the same, though. You put the spool on and then the thread runs across the top of the machine. Then you loop it through some kind of hook, and then the thread goes down, back up, and back down again, before you put it through one or two more hooks and then thread the needle. A lot of the newer machines have little numbers and arrows showing you what order to do things in...but Youtube is a good start!
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Re: Transition from manual to electronic sewing machine

I mostly learned by reading the manual. My mom was there too (she got me a brothers for christmas 8ish years ago) but since it was different from hers we mostly read the manual together and she gave what tips she had of sewing in general - but that wouldn't have got me sewing.
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Re: Transition from manual to electronic sewing machine

I also learned the way around my machine by reading the manual....and screwing up, a lot. I remember early on with my first machine I broke a needle. Oops. Both of my sewing machines came with a "quick start" page that showed how to wind a bobbin and thread the machine. That was a big help when I got my first machine.

As far as video tutorials, I actually prefer to read instructions and be able to look at pictures. Very rarely do I hunt down a video for sewing. I'm sure however you learn best Google can find something for you!

If the newer machines don't do it for you I know around here the very old machines with tables are easy to find. At auctions they usually go for pretty cheap.

Side note, my eight year old loves to make her own Barbie clothes!
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You could also look for an old singer with a motor. I have one and love it. Should be the same threading as you are used to. Also if you bring it in to a yard goods store or find a local tailor or friend who sews, im sure you could find someone willing to show you how to thread it.
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