Sewing machines are the best invention for people who want to make their own clothes. They’re also great if you want to save money by sewing your own curtains, bedding, or other household goods.
It’s not always easy to set up a sewing machine. The best way is to read the manual before you start, but if that’s not available then this article will help you figure it out.
Here are some tips on how to set up your Brother sewing machine so it works for you.
How to Set Up Brother Sewing Machine
Unpacking the sewing machine
After unpacking your machine and removing all of the packaging materials,
First, check the parts list in the user guide and make sure all of them are there.
Next put together any attachments that came with your project like bobbins, needles, threader, etc., as well as anything else needed for your specific project – scissors, pins etcetera).
Next locate the foot pedal, also known as the speed controller, and plug it in as well.
Turning on the machine
Find the power cord and plug it in. Then try turning it on. Do you see any lights at all? If not, check the power supply.
Make sure it fits snugly into place and that the end is flush with the bottom of your machine.
Next, make sure it’s plugged in correctly to both a socket and your machine by checking all edges are firmly attached to sockets or plugs are securely in place, and that you’re not tripping any breakers. If everything is correct, try to turn it on again.
This time check the connection between your foot pedal (if included) and the sewing machine. To do this you will need to try wiggling them both in different directions to see if they come loose or plugged in all wrong. If they are still not working, go back to step one and contact customer service or where you bought it from for help.
Install The Bobbin
Make sure the machine is turned off. The power cord should be disconnected from the wall outlet.
1. Lift up the hinged cover on the front of the machine and locate the bobbin case. Open it by pressing down on one end and pulling it out.
2. Place the spool of thread that came with your machine onto the spindle at the top of the machine, making sure that the thread is coming off of the spool in the direction that it should be going when sewing (usually towards you). If there’s a specific way that you prefer for you to hold the spool, now is the time to learn that as well.
5. Take your bobbin and remove it from its packaging and place it into the bobbin case with the thread coming off of the bottom in a clockwise direction (if you’re left-handed, make sure this is counterclockwise).
6. Close up the bobbin case and let it come up to speed, then begin running the bobbin case in and out very quickly for about ten seconds. This will help get the thread good and worked into the little hook inside so that it catches properly when you sew.
How to wind the bobbin
To wind the bobbin, first, locate the bobbin winder on your machine. It’s a small, spindle-like object that looks a bit like a screw.
Place the empty bobbin on the bobbin winder and hold onto it while you turn the handwheel on the sewing machine towards you. Be careful not to let go of the bobbin or it will fly off and you’ll have to start again!
Continue turning the handwheel until the bobbin is full of thread, then release it and clip it in place next to your needle clamp.
Finally, turn the handwheel away from you to make the needle go down into the bobbin and start sewing.
Loading the needle
Next, we’re going to load your machine with a needle. Press down on the top of the machine to make sure it opens and then pull out the compartment where you would find your needle.
Take your new needle and remove it from its packaging, taking care not to bend it by gripping only the plastic part, and insert it into the compartment (following which way it should be going — usually pointy side up).
If this is the first time you’ve ever put a needle into your machine, you may want to try it with an old needle just in case. If there’s something specific about how this should be done, now is the time that they tell you.
Replace the compartment cover and remember not to touch or go near anything between this point and when you’re sewing. The machine will sense you going near something and it won’t work, so don’t touch anything.
Thread the needle
Next, we’re going to thread the needle. You’ll need a small piece of thread that’s about 1 cm long (about half an inch) and you’ll also need two hands for this task as one is holding the thread and the other is doing all of the work.
The person who is working the foot pedal will need to hold it down for this part (if you’re left-handed, now is when they teach you how to switch hands).
Take the needle in your dominant hand and raise up one side of the thread by about half an inch, keeping the string fairly taut. While this is happening, take your other hand and gently push down on the top thread with your finger to keep it from getting stuck between the spool and the machine (you’ll learn what that means later).
Once you have about 3 cm of thread sticking up, put it through the needle eye until it’s about 1 cm from where the thread bends.
While this is happening, take your other hand and gently push down on the needle with your finger to keep it in place while you continue with the steps.
When you’ve gotten about an inch past that point, quickly pull back on the string with both hands in order to grab the thread and pull it through. How to thread a brother sewing machine
Once you’ve successfully threaded the needle, gently pull on each end of the string in order to tighten it around the eye and if there’s something specific about how the thread should come off at this point, now is your chance to learn that as well.
15. Now we’re going to prime the oiler. The oiler is at the back of your machine and you might not know it’s there if you don’t see it because it looks like a small hole in the side of your machine.
What you’ll need for the next step will vary depending on what kind of machine you have so I’ll try to include as many differences as I can.
Adjusting the tension
You may be wondering what the purpose of adjusting the tension is when sewing a project with a machine. This adjustment has many uses in regard to making fabric items. Here are a couple of examples:
Raise the thread tension to make a project with thicker fabric more rigid and less likely to wrinkle or stretch out.
Lower the thread tension on clothing that stretches easily, such as swimwear.
Lowering thread tensions will also make projects that might typically take longer to sew easier and faster because it won’t require as much effort from the machine.
Also, keep in mind that thread tensions are not the same for every sewing machine. You may have to adjust according to your own personal preferences or at the suggestion of an experienced seamstress.
When you’re ready to sew, you’ll need to select the stitch you want to use. Different stitches have different purposes, so it’s important to choose the right one for the job. For example, a straight stitch is good for seams while a zigzag stitch is good for hemming.
To select a stitch, look for the stitch selection dial on your sewing machine. This will usually be located on the front or top of the machine. Turn this dial until the number of the desired stitch lines up with the indicator mark. Some machines have multiple stitch selection dials, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for on one, check another.
Some machines also have a button that allows you to quickly select the most recent stitch without looking for it on the dial.
Now you’re ready to sew, so grab your fabric and start guiding it through your machine with one hand while controlling the speed of the material with your foot pedal if you have one. You can also use both hands but this will be more difficult to guide material through the machine, so take care while sewing.
Once you’ve gotten started with some stitches, experiment with moving fabric around and using different speeds to see how they affect the look of the stitch. Once you get a feel for this, go ahead and try out your first project.
When you’re ready to start your project, read the instructions carefully, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes because they will happen at some point.
Thanks for reading, I hope this gives you a basic understanding of how to set up a brother sewing machine. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them. Happy sewing!!!