When you sew, there is both a starting and an ending point to a seam. To prevent those points from unraveling and stretching out of shape, you need to secure them with a back stitch or lock stitch. … In other cases, it is best to sew off the fabric, leaving a long tail of thread, and then knot the thread by hand.
How do you thread the upper part of a sewing machine?
To set up the upper thread for your machine, first place a spool of thread on your machine’s thread pin (also called a spool pin or spool holder). Thread through the thread guide. Pull the thread to the left of your machine and thread it through the thread guide. Pull the thread through the U-shaped guide.
How do you start and finish a sewing machine?
The first is using a simple machine backstitch or reverse stitch. Put your fabric under your presser foot at the end of the seam and take 3 stitches forwards. Then press the reverse and take 3 stitches back on top of your original stitching line. Release the reverse lever and just stitch forwards normally.
How do you backstitch on a sewing machine?
To backstitch on a sewing machine, simply sew 1-2 stitches forward and then put your machine in reverse for 1-2 stitches in order to secure the seam. Many machines on the market today have a special button or lever designed for this feature. So be sure to check your sewing machine and manual for it’s location.