Every seamstress knows the hassle of clearing off a workspace and dragging out a heavy sewing machine just to do a 5-minute repair job. Whether it is fixing a seam, or quickly taking up the hem of a curtain, it takes far longer to get set up than to actually sew. As a solution, a handheld sewing machine called the Handy Stitch. Once the user knows how to thread the Handy Stitch and operate it, a quick sewing repair should take no time at all.
Supplies for Using the Handy Stitch
Before getting started, the user should make sure that all of the necessary supplies are present. The Handy Stitch comes with the spools and a few different thread colors, but Singer expects that the user has some basic supplies as well.
Although the Handy Stitch does not come with the basic sewing supplies necessary, it does come with a needle threader and a long bobbin holder. The long holder is particularly useful because the seamstress can put a spool of thread directly on the holder without first winding up a bobbin.
Using the Handy Stitch
The first step in using the Handy Stitch is to load the four AA batteries. The batteries go into the compartment on the bottom. After loading the batteries, the sewer should set up the bobbin and thread the machine.
Positioning the Bobbin
Unlike a conventional sewing machine, the Handy Stitch only sews with one thread. To position the thread correctly, the user should locate the bobbin holder on the side. After pulling off the bobbin holder and spring underneath it, slide on the bobbin. After carefully positioning the spring over the hole for the bobbin holder, slide the bobbin holder and bobbin into place.
Threading the Handy Stitch
The thread goes from the bobbin through the first thread guide on the needle arm, through the two plates in the tension control, and through the second thread guide at the end of the needle arm. The seamstress should use the provided needle threader to feed the thread into the eye of the needle.
After feeding the thread through the threader and the eye of the needle, she should turn the rotary once, so that the thread goes underneath the machine's fastening plate. She should lift the fastening plate, and use her seam ripper to pull the thread out from underneath.
Sewing with the Handy Stitch
Threading the machine is the tricky part, and sewing is a breeze. After threading, the seamstress should lift the fastening plate and insert the fabric underneath at the point where she wants the stitches to begin. The machine only sews from left to right and does not sew in reverse. Hold the fabric with the left hand, giving it some gentle tension, and turn the machine on, using the power switch on the top. The fabric feeds by itself into the machine.
Securing Stitches with the Handy Stitch
After completing the row of stitches, the seamstress needs to make sure the stitches cannot unravel. Conventional sewing machines have a reverse stitch for this purpose, but the Handy Stitch works differently. The seamstress should turn the rotary wheel to raise the needle arm. Then, lift up the fastening plate, pull the thread out, and cut it with her seam ripper.
Then, turn the rotary wheel again so that the needle goes up and down one more time. This creates a loop in the thread on the backside of the fabric. After lifting the fastening plate again, pull the fabric out. Find the loop on the backside of the fabric, and pull that loop so that the trailing end of the thread goes from the front to the back of the fabric. This prevents the stitching from unraveling.
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