Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of Your Sewing Machine

Learn the reasons why you shouldn’t be afraid of your sewing machine.  Tips and tricks for getting over your fear of sewing on a machine!


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Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of Your Sewing Machine

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard from people that they don’t like their sewing machines and are afraid of them.  Do you fall into this category?

Did you buy or inherit a sewing machine, but it sits in a cupboard because you’re afraid to start sewing on it?  Or, you did try to sew with it, but the bobbin kept getting tangled or the thread kept breaking, and you were so frustrated you gave up.

Sewing can be a wonderful hobby or business.  Overcoming your fears of sewing on a sewing machine will help you grow, and you’ll feel so accomplished after you finish your first project!

Let’s go through some of the reasons why you might be afraid of your sewing machine, and ways to get over those fears!  (Warning:  This post contains some tough love!)

Fear #1 – Afraid of being hurt – Sewing machines can be a little intimidating.  They run fast, and the needle goes up and down very quickly.  It’s almost like it’s just waiting to run over a finger!  Here’s the trick, just take it slow and steady and try not to get your hands too close to the needle.  I know that this is easier said than done, believe me!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a hurry while sewing a client’s project, and got my fingers too close to the needle.  I finally learned that going carelessly fast doesn’t do me any good in the long run if I have to stop sewing because my finger is bleeding!

You need to have your hands are on the fabric to help guide it through the sewing machine.  Just try not to get your fingers too close to the needle, and if you’re sewing something small that requires your fingers to be closer to the needle to guide the fabric, try using some kind of utensil to guide the fabric.  Like a chopstick or a stiff pice of cardboard.

Also, when you’re threading your sewing machine, make sure your sewing machine is turned off!  That way there’s no risk of the needle accidentally hurting your fingers while you thread the needle.

Fear #2 – Afraid of making a mistake – It’s going to happen.  You ARE going to make mistakes when you’re sewing on your sewing machine.  That’s what seam rippers are for!

It happens to everyone, including me (and I’ve been sewing for over 50 years).  That’s how you learn. When you’re first starting to sew on your machine, practice sewing straight lines on scraps of fabric.  Start out with simple sewing projects and easy to work with fabrics – like cotton or cotton blends.

Fear #3 – Afraid of unfamiliar sewing machine parts – Another reason you may be afraid to start using your sewing machine is because it’s unfamiliar to you.  Almost every sewing machine has the same basic parts, but they can be in different places on different sewing machines.

The owner’s manual for your sewing machine can be your best friend.  It can be very helpful if you have questions, and may have a troubleshooting guide.

I’ve created a free video lesson, “Learning The Parts Of Your Sewing Machine”, in which I show the different parts of my sewing machine and what they’re called. (For those of you who are like me, and learn better by watching a video than reading an owner’s manual!)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and that it’s helped you get over your fear of your sewing machine!  The video will help too.  You’ll learn the parts of your sewing machine, so that you become much more familiar with it.

Happy sewing!


  1. So many great tips! Going slow at first is the best method, heck even for experienced sewers going too fast isn’t always good depending on what it is you’re sewing. I whacked my fingernail with the needle tightening screw and it hurt like heck, because I was going too fast for the stuffed awkward pillow I was sewing shut.

    Great video for beginners to learn their machines since most schools no longer offer sewing classes.

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