A Discussion About how to use a handheld sewing machine

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5 Simple Steps on how to use a handheld sewing machine

People use portable sewing machines for a variety of reasons. ‘Portability’ is the obvious answer. Because of its size and purpose, the hand sewing machine is difficult to use. Most experienced big-size sewing machine users have difficulty using portable sewing machines, even if they’ve used them before.

Here, we’ll show you how to operate a handheld sewing machine from start to finish so that you can stitch with confidence.

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Instructions on how to use a sewing machine in simple steps.

Load the Batteries 

To use the hand sewing machine, it must first be set up. A battery is used to power a portable sewing machine, unlike a normal sewing machine that requires electricity. Make sure the batteries are in place before you start working.

When threading the machine, be sure to turn on the lock to prevent accidentally pressing the power button. After the machine has been threaded, you may also insert the AA batteries.

Make sure the AA batteries are inserted into the machine’s bottom. Others choose rechargeable batteries since they are less expensive than devices but still do what is best for the individual user in question.

It’s possible that a Handy Stitch power converter might replace the need for batteries. They are available for purchase online by a simple web search at a variety of internet sites.

Setup the Bobbin Mechanism

A portable sewing machine’s bobbin is its only source of thread. The bobbin is located on the side of the machine. Place the bobbin in the holder and reposition the bobbin holder.

In addition to the needle, the Handy Stitch comes with a small and medium-sized thread spool. If you want to use a conventional spool of thread instead of a bobbin, you may use the longer thread spool or the shorter thread spool with thread wrapped around it.

Thread the Needle

The first thread guide will be located in a notch immediately above the thread spool pin. The needle should be threaded from bottom to top.

Both tension disks should be allowing the thread to pass through them. Stitching will seem more professional with the help of this tool. At any moment, you may use this knob to adjust the tension.

The hook beneath the needle arm is difficult to get to, therefore it’s probably one of the toughest stages. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

It is important to ensure that the thread tip goes from the back of the needle out to the front during threading.

To make things easier, I suggest using the needle thread that comes with your sewing machine.

Begin to Sew

You should be familiar with the basics of using a portable sewing machine before you start sewing with one. The wheel that spins is the one on the side. It allows you to manually raise and lower the needle. It may be positioned in any way.

Also included is an ironing board to hold the fabric in place as you stitch. When the fabric is put beneath it, it may be elevated.

Beware!! Even if the lock isn’t in place, you can still get the machine to stitch. On the basis of my own personal experience, I’ve reached this conclusion. Surely, you don’t want to have your finger stitched up.

The most difficult part of using a portable sewing machine is threading it, and the most thrilling part is sewing. Having finished threading, a sewer must raise the sewing plate and place the fabric on top. To hold the cloth and operate the machine, you’ll need to use your left hand. To sew anything, make a mark on the cloth. When the machine is turned on, the fabric will be automatically fed into the machine.

Ensure the Stitch Is Secure

The seamstress should seal the thread when the stitching is done. Fastening using a portable machine is different from using a normal sewing machine since reverse stitching is not available.

After lifting the attaching plate, drag the thread in tight, and then cut it. Using the rotary wheel, create a loop at the end of the cloth where you want to connect the threads. With a portable sewing machine, this is the only option to secure the stitch.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Is a handy sewing machine suitable for beginners?

A. No. Nothing more than crudely manufactured plastic “toys” They lack the ability to stitch through anything but the thinnest of clothes.

Is it possible to hem pants using a handheld sewing machine?

No concerns if you don’t own a sewing machine. You can do a hem by hand in a short amount of time. Using a needle and thread, you’ll be able to achieve the same result. Double the length of the thread you’ll need to wrap around one leg.


Learning to sew with a handheld sewing machine is not an easy process. I really hope that this post was helpful to you.

Portable sewing machines are often confused with tiny sewing machines. A portable sewing machine, as previously said, is only useful for basic repairs. It’s lightweight and easy to transport.

This machine, on the other hand, can’t handle any huge stitching projects. You’ll need a normal or small sewing machine with a big needle size for this.

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Aithley Balder

Hello there, my name is Aithley Balder from Texas. I am a cookware, sewing, toilet, technology enthusiast and I have been sharing my passion with my friends and likeminded folks for close to 4 years now. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me via the contact page.

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