Sewing Machine Safety Tips for Beginners (Hacks 2024)

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Sewing machine safety tips when you are a beginner and you don't know much about your sewing machine. 

Your machine will be your best friend ever. If you know how to take care of it and be safe while working on it. As they say-safety first!

But, due to any reason we skip some safety rules. We will just have a ride to the safety road of stitching of both the machines – Electric as well as non electric sewing machine.

1. Different machines are for different purposes. 

Sewing machines come in different models and capacity to sew.

Some basic domestic machines can stitch everyday use fabrics and a couple of layers of quilting.

If this is the case and you try to stitch thicker fabrics and material on this machine. This machine will definitely break down.

So, first of all ensure what purpose your machine is and then go ahead.

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2. Read and understand the operating manual.

If you have sewing machine operating manual. Read it. If you don’t have a manual, then check with the person, who was using it before you.

You may also check your sewing machine model online to gain understanding.

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3. Do not lend your machine to others carelessly.

Any machine works best if it is in a single hand. If you lend your machine to anybody and everybody, there would not be standardization of operation.

Different people have different way of treating a machine. Some people are careful but some are uselessly careless.

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4. Use recommended spare parts and servicing.

Every sewing machine model and brand has it’s unique set of spare parts. Use only attachments and spare parts recommended by the manufacturer.

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  • Learn to set,oil,clean and take care of your sewing machine yourself on routine basis.
  • For complex fittings and internal cleaning, take services of a reliable mechanic. Don’t try half knowledge.
  • If your machine has a damaged cord, plug or any part is broken, then do not operate your sewing machine.
  • If your machine is not working properly, if it has been dropped or damaged then don’t operate it. Get it fixed first.
  • In any condition, do not try to operate an electric sewing machine if it has been dropped into water or a good amount of water has been dropped on it.It may give you a shock. Get your machine check by the mechanic.
  • Take your sewing machine to an authorized dealer or service center for repairs, electrical or mechanical adjustments.
  • If there is any air opening in your sewing machine, then never block this air passage. Keep ventilation openings of the machine and foot controller free from lint, dust and loose cloth.

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5. Operate machine in safe environment.

Some soft plastic bodied designer sewing machines are meant for indoor usage only. They are not meant for outdoors. Read their manual before use.

Electric sewing machines should not be operated where aerosol products or any type of gases are being used in close proximity.

6. Keep it off when not in use.

When your electric sewing machine is not in use, then turn all controls to the off position and remove plug from outlet.

Never unplug by pulling on cord. To unplug, grasp the plug and not the cord.

7. Take care of your eyes and fingers when needle is moving.

I have warned you many times the danger of sewing machine needle. Be very careful and keep your fingers away from all moving parts especially needle and cutting blade.

Do not use bent needles. They will destroy the machine and spoil the fabric.

Always use proper needle plate. A wrong plate can break the needle.

Allow your hands to support the fabric while stitching. Never pull or push the fabric. Otherwise, needle may break.

Keep your eyes covered with glasses or keep your head away from needle if you are working on a thick textured fabric.

Once, I skipped a point of a needle by fraction of a second when it broke suddenly. If I was not careful, I would have been with one eye today:)

While making any adjustment in the needle area of your electric sewing machine like threading the needle, changing the needle, threading the bobbin or changing the presser foot or anything which require you to put your fingers inside, then please switch off the machine first.

Remember to unplug your electric sewing machine from the electrical outlet when removing covers, lubricating or making any adjustments to avoid electric shock.

These safety tips may be scaring you today but don’t worry just read them lightly and share with your loved ones who love to stitch for their safety.

When next time, you will be on sewing machine, you can take care of your safety while sewing.

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