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Sewing Machine Parts Listed Below

Sewing Machine Parts

1. Power Switch - sits on the right side of the sewing machine and causes the sewing machine come on and go off.

2. Hand Wheel - (or balance wheel) The round wheel located at the upper right of the sewing machine to manually advance the stitch.

3. Bobbin Winder Pin - used to hold and wind an empty bobbin

4. Bobbin Winder Stop - stops the bobbin winding when the bobbin reaches its optimum capacity.

5. Spool Pin - used to hold the spool of thread

6. Spool Pin Cap - designed to keep the thread spool on the machine as you sew.

7. Bobbin Winder Tension Disk - small metal disc helps to keep the thread taut as you wind a bobbin

8. Thread Guide - a device that has a loop or an eye, for guiding the thread when it is necessary to change the direction at any point between the spool and the eye of the needle

9. Tension Control - putting varying amounts of tension (or strength) on the threads they control to form a strong, balanced stitch

10. Take-Up Lever - pulls the thread off the spool and helps supply an even feed of thread to your needle

11. Needle Clamp - holds sewing machine needle in place

12. Sewing Machine Needle - a specialized needle for use in a sewing machine (eye or hole is close to the point as opposed to hand sewing needles where the eye is on the opposite end from the point.)

13. Presser Foot - an attachment used with sewing machines to hold fabric flat as it is fed through the machine and stitched

14. Feed Dogs - the little teeth on your sewing machine that feed your fabric evenly through the machine (extremely important because they help us produce perfectly spaced, even stitches whenever we sew)

15. Presser Lever - (or Presser Bar) places pressure on the feed-dog so that the fabric placed between the feed dog and the presser foot does not shift.

16. Needle Plate - a metal plate that sits below the presser foot with a small opening that allows the bobbin thread to come out and the needle to pass through to make stitches.

17. Bobbin Case - holds the bobbin in the sewing machine so that the machine stitches can be formed

18. Stitch Selector - allows you to switch between stitch styles

19. Stitch Length Selector - indicates the length of a single stitch in millimeters (standard is between 2.5 to 3). There can also be a stitch width selector that dictates how wide your zigzags are.

20. Reverse Stitch Lever - button that allows your sewing machine to sew backwards

21. Foot pedal - typically sits on the floor and tells your sewing machine when to go and when to stop when pressed with your foot.


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