How to Use Mini Sewing Machine

How to Use Mini Sewing Machine

A mini sewing machine is a smaller version of the regular sewing machine. These machines can perform almost any other duty which can be done by a regular machine. The only exception is that it cannot handle heavy fabric. It has several uses.

The use is also ideal for beginners as well as experienced tailors. It is also portable. What is the use then of these sewing machines? How is it used by the tailors? This article has all the information which you need to know about this particular machine. Please read on for more.

What are the uses of a mini sewing machine?

The machine is used for several functions. Such uses are as follows but not limited to:

✅ Making light garments. Owing to their size, the sewing machine may not able to handle heavy fabric such as a blanket, a jacket, a jeans pant and some few more.

✅ It can be used to make light repairs in torn clothes. However, the repairs also should be of light clothing.

✅ The sewing machine can be used to train children and other beginners on how to sew.

✅ It can be used to do the finishing of sown clothes.

Some of the mini sewing machines are portable; hence they can be carried around. They are to be used just in case the need or an emergency arises.

How then do we use a mini sewing machine?

Before you use the sewing machine, the first thing or step is to set it up. The setup process is not complicated and can be done in very few easy steps. It is about putting the thread in place. They are:

Thread to the spindle

On top of the machine is a small piece of metal protruding up. This metal is known as a spindle. The spindle can be made of plastic too. It is used to hold the thread in place while the sewing is going on.

Other mini sewing machines have a secondary bobbin spindle which has the same function as the protruding one. Establish where the bobbin is placed on the machine and attach it with the thread.

Please note that at the time of setting up the thread, keep your sewing machine off. This helps in preventing accidents that may occur should the machine go on or starts all of a sudden.

The empty spindle. The sewing machine has a small rounded metal which is usually enclosed. This is an empty spindle. Take a thread and wind it around the empty spindle repeatedly until it fills up. Once it is filled up, return into its enclosure. 

It is this thread that combines with the thread on the upper spindle to make the stitch complete when the work is being done. This process requires that you guide the thread properly until it is well set up.

The thread in the needle

The final point in passing the thread is through the eye of the needle. The needle is the carrier of the thread in and out of the garment. There is a round provision on top of the sewing machine. This is the hand wheel. Turn it around and the needle will go to the highest point.

This is the point where the needle can go best through the eye of the needle. You may need to wet the thread at the tip so that it becomes firm enough to go through the small eye. Pull the thread a little bit past the eye so that it does not get out of the eye.

Connect the wheel and the bobbin

The needle is still at the highest point. Now turn the wheel again to bring it down. This action leads to the connection of the thread between the needle and the bobbin.

Now pull the loose ends of the two threads that are from the bobbin and the thread. The pulled thread should be long enough to be able to stitch without flopping off.

After setting up the thread, the next step is to begin sewing. Have your light garment ready for the job.


If your sewing machine is electronic, you will need to turn it on. There are those which uses batteries and others uses external power source. You will need to connect as appropriate. Put the wheel pedal in place in readiness for stitching.

Now bring the light garment towards the needle. Set the cloth straight and sew it against the fabric of the garment. Use the presser to push the cloth back and forth until the sewing is complete. When you are done with sewing, raise the needle, take off the cloth and cut off extra pieces of thread. The work is done.

Frequently Asked Questions – (FAQ)

How difficult is it to operate this type of sewing machine?

The procedure of operating a mini sewing machine is similar to that of operating a large one. However, the difference between the two arises because of the amount of work that it does.

If you can operate a standard-sized sewing machine, then it should not be difficult to operate a small one. You will need to be careful when using the mini sewing one because it is prone to damages, especially when the work becomes enormous! It cannot handle a heavy piece of fabric.

What can you do with this type of sewing machine?

It has several uses. However, you can use it to start off your sewing. Owing to its size, you can always leave it at home. You can, then, use it to complete the pending tasks of your day as well.

A portable sewing machine is also excellent for completing smaller projects, hence leaving space for bigger machines to handle large projects.

These machines, though they sound small in size, are also fit for handling some large pieces of work. Their performances are excellent too.

How do you put a bobbin in a sewing machine?

The process is similar to that of a larger sewing machine. The only difference is that its bobbin is smaller and it carries less thread than the one of a standard sewing machine.

How do you load a bobbin?

To do so, following the following steps:

  • Place a spool of thread in a spool pin. Make sure that one end of the thread attaches to the pin.
  • Pass the thread from inside through the small hole that is in the bobbin. Do not forget that the thread originates from the inner part going outwards.
  • Place the bobbin onto the pin. Make sure that it fits well before you proceed.
  • Step on the controller to run the machine until you get the correct amount of thread in the bobbin. While doing this, you should hold the thread end. If you fail to do so, it may coil wrongly in the bobbin, and it will not produce an organized stitch when you sew.
  • The thread is now inside the bobbin. Proceed to trim the ends so that it fits well.

Remember to replace the bobbin thread whet it gets low, otherwise, you will not be able to sew.

Do I need a mini sewing machine?

If you do a lot of sewing, then you will need to have one. It might not be a necessity for every person, but I would recommend it for doing some light work at home.

If you also travel a lot and love sewing, then it would be an ideal machine to carry along with. Portable sewing machines are also excellent when you are teaching your children how to sew.

Is it possible to sew without a bobbin?

It is not practically possible to do so. The machine requires two spools to function properly. You will, therefore, need to add the bobbin thread in addition to the needle thread. If you do not do so, then you will forge the duty!


The mini sewing machine can do any work done by a conventional sewing machine provided that the garment is not heavy. The set-up of the thread and the actual sewing are similar to all the other sewing machine.

There different versions of this machine. Some are portable and some are better used and left in place. There are those which use power to operate and there are those which are manual. All perform similar duties though the mode of operation is different.

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