The first time I sat at the table with my sewing machine it felt a bit strange. I was almost afraid to touch it. But don’t be! Once you master it, it just feels great! Let’s get started!

Practice on paper

The best (and cheapest) way to practice your first stitches is on a piece of paper. This way you will not waste fabric, which is rather expensive.

Place the paper sheet on the transporter and lower the sewing foot using the presser foot lever.

Hansa 210 sewing machine anatomy

When you start sewing make sure you hold the end of the thread backwards during your first 2 or 3 stitches. If you don’t, the thread will be pulled underneath the needle plate and start bunching up. Do not pull the thread too hard, just hold it, your machine needs some thread to make stitches.

Practice angles: Sew a square

Once you have made some stitches try to sew a square. When you want to change sewing direction make sure that the needle is down (in the sheet). If it is not, turn the hand wheel until it is (preferably turn the hand wheel towards you). When the needle is down you can lift the foot, using the presser foot lever, and turn the piece of paper. Then lower the foot and continue sewing. Do this two more times until you square is completed.

Some other exercises

Another thing to practice is moving your paper while sewing. Making a perfect circle will be too much of a challenge but try some arches.

Before we move on to the first real project you van try some other stitches like the zigzag, overlock or any other stitches your machine can make. Explore the possibilities.

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