Monday, 7 April 2014

768 - Three Steps to Getting Over my Sewing Machine Fear

I have a total fear of my sewing machine. It's far more prominent than my fear of knitting and my fear of cutting into fabric of any kind. But I sit down and watch The Great British Sewing Bee and wish I could knock up a pair of leggings in an hour and a half. Imagine how many leggings I could have?!?

The other day I took a little time to get to know my sewing machine and hopefully help me get over my fear of it a little.

1. Reading the manual.

Sewing machine

This may seem super obvious but I didn't realise how helpful my manual actually is! I've read it before when I was learning to use my machine and not really looked at it since. However, I had a look through it and discovered it's full of helpful advice. It tells me things like what needles and thread to use on which fabric (I sort of, how to sew a buttonhole and the fact that I can sew with two needles and two threads at once! I didn't know this!

Sewing machine

It's nice to know all the things my machine is actually capable of, so I shouldn't be scared of attempting it.

2. Labelling my feet!

My sewing machine came with three or four different feet attachments for different sewing tasks. I've also picked up a couple of feet that I've wanted (darning/embroidery foot) or been told I really needed (magnetic seam guide). However, most of the time I see them in my sewing machine bag and have no idea which is which. I decided to look up which was was and label them all, so it doesn't feel as stressy when I think about popping another foot on.

Sewing machine

I used little plastic bags that spare buttons come in and labelled them with my trusty label maker.

3. Needles needles needles!

Much like buying a couple of extra feet and having the fear of using them, I bought some different needles for different needs for my sewing machine. I read in one of my sewing books that it was a good idea to have a selection of needles, so I went to Hobbycraft and just picked out a few I thought I would need. However, looking at them now, I wasn't sure exactly how to use them.

However, I looked up the brand's website (Klasse needles) and they, luckily, tell you exactly what each needle type does. So I wrote them out on little note cards, and popped them in beside my needles.

Sewing machine

I think it's definitely a case of knowledge is power when it comes to my sewing machine. I think it knows more than I do about the whole affair and it scares me. But I totally feel like I have a better understanding of it now, so I will challenge myself to use my sewing machine more! I even have a cute pattern picked out from DIY Couture. Wish me luck!


  1. I'm glad it's not just me! I got the Home Ec e-course ( about a year ago, and I just started using it last weekend. I was so intimidated by my sewing machine! But, once I read through the manual and watched one of the Home Ec videos and spent two hours playing around with threading it and loading the bobbin...well, I'm still a little leery, but not as much as before. (Not affiliated with the Home Ec course btw, just added the link since I mentioned the course.) Good luck with your sewing!

  2. Oh that's cool! I was meant to do a sewing class about a year or two ago, but it was cancelled at the last minute, and I've never found another one that covered sort of all the things I wanted to do since. I'll need to keep an eye out. If it's not just sewing a straight line, I just get freaked out, but I'm hoping to tame the fear!