Here's how I use a sewing machine to repair pants, specifically my work pants. If you have a sewing machine in your basement, go get it out, so you can start learning how to sew.
If you don't already have a sewing machine, however, all is not lost. Yard sales and craigslist often have sewing machines for sale. People don't seem to understand these amazing machines, and how versatile they are.
How To Use A Sewing Machine - Some Tips
- Be sure to read the manual that comes with the machine.
- Buy several basic colors of thread.
- Pick up spare needles and bobbins at the store.
Thankfully my sewing machine came with a manual. Maybe yours came bare bones, as a result, it has no instruction manual. Thankfully, we have the internet, so a quick search with the name and model of your machine with the phrase "instruction manual" can help.
I mainly use black thread, as a result of me wearing black dungaree work pants most of the time. But pick up white, black, blue, and other colors you may need. Thread is inexpensive.
I have broken a few sewing machine needles when repairing clothing. Consequently, I have bought a package of replacement needles to have at the ready. Again, these are not expensive, so go get some. The needles break when I run over the plastic end of the pins that hold the patch in.
For whatever color spools of thread you have, buy bobbins to fill up with the same color thread. The bobbin supplies the thread from the bottom of the machine, while the needle supplies the top.
Most of all, practice makes perfect. It becomes a zen thing with me, as a result, I lose myself in the sewing process, which is great. And you get to extend the life of your favorite pants.
Let me know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.