How To Use A Portable Handheld Sewing Machine? (In My long experience)

A lot of large sewing machines bought by companies like Singer, Genome, Brother, and many others are robust, able to handle serious sewing projects, and appropriate for professional use. However, in spite of offering a lot, they have several disadvantages. For example, not one of these machines could be taken on a road trip because they’re too heavy. Moreover, these sewing machines are relatively pricey. Therefore, you may prevent many of these errors by choosing the next best alternative, a mini handheld sewing machine. 

You’ve lost the capability to operate a full-size sewing machine, but the drop in performance will probably be worthy of it. You will also notice that the design of the small handheld machine will not be comparable to a full-size sewing machine in terms of functionality.

You might not know how to use a small portable handheld sewing machine if you are considering getting one. Don’t worry, as we can help you properly use all such machines of every brand. By the time you finish reading this piece of advice, you will be completely well-informed about Mini Handheld Sewing Machine.

Connect The Power Supply

You need to know you’ll need to plug in the power to your device before you can begin doing anything. Depending on the device on your table, the power may come in the form of a battery or a cable that you plug into an outlet. In the first circumstance, the type of battery used in your device owner’s manual needs to be. The manual will also note how many batteries you need.

Connect the power cord to the location indicated on the machine, and make sure that the on / off switch is off. Since this is a crucial step that many people neglect, many others have suffered serious damage as a result of it. Having attended to this step, you’re not likely to end up following this path. If your mini sewing machine is equipped with a foot pedal, it’s additionally a good idea to connect it to the machine. In particular, the location of the pedal is close to the power cord. 

Be sure to position the paddle at a comfortable distance from your feet, so that you can conveniently access it through the power cord’s endpin. Plug the appliance into a power outlet in your workshop via the power cord’s pin end.

Thread Machine

Once you know how to use a Kenmore mini sewing machine or another brand of the mini sewing machine, you must learn how to thread the machine. The steps in question include loading the bobbin, passing the needle in the thread, loading the bobbin with thread, and removing the threat from the bobbin.

All you need to do is adjust the settings to your liking, and then you can start sewing. It may feel a little complicated at the start, but you will definitely adapt to the method.

Wind The Bobbin


For this part of the process, you’ll need to get your device started. Another suggestion for rotating your bobbin would be to have a spool of thread on your threaded spindle. The axle can usually be discovered near the top of the device and takes the form of small plastic or metal post.

If a pin is over five inches long, it may be a retractable one. Place a spool of thread on the spindle so that it rotates counterclockwise when you pull the tail of the thread.

There should also be a bobbin spindle to the right of the device.

Take the end of the thread and push it through a hole in the side of the bobbin, starting from the inside and then from the outside. Hold the tail of the thread as the bobbin rotates clockwise a few times. At this point, you need to put the bobbin on the bobbin. Depending on the exact machine, the bobbin may be held in various ways. 

When rolling up your yarn, you can also cut the end of the yarn off. Place the foot down on the foot pedal and start turning it. Keep doing that until enough rolls have been created, then turn off the machine.

There are some machines that you would need to pull the thread with your finger and move it from side to side in order to provide the necessary tension before starting to turn the bobbin. You can also use a pen instead of your finger. To ensure that the yarn stays firmly, cut it when you’re satisfied with your winding job.

This may have previously experienced a problem with sending the thread in the machine into back and forth motion. To avoid this, remove all the threads from their bobbins before connecting them to your sewing machine.

Put On The Top

In some cases, you don’t need to thread a spool onto the machine at all, since top-loading models have secondary holders, on top of the machine.

Depending on what style of machine you’re using, the wire will come out of your spool in either a hook or loop. You should pass this cord through these loops or prongs, making sure to do so from right to left.

If you plan to use a mini sewing machine, pulling the thread tightly through the tension disc is vital. Following this step are multiple thread guides, before passing the needle through the winding lever.

Teach yourself how to make a treble hook knot by working through pictures.

When you install a new needle, it will be placed on top of the take-up thread guide. After that, a second guide is on the top of the needle and it will thread the lineup and down.

Thread The Needle

Thread the yarn when it is at its highest point, and you can do this by turning the handwheel towards you. There are two different forms, left to right or right to left. Then pull on the ends of the yarn until you have a length of 15 centimeters free (or 45 cm total if you’re left-handed).

Inserting The Bobbin

You have the canister for threaded bobbins inserted in this slot below the needle, which is located nearby. Ensure that your bobbin is firmly placed by threading it clockwise (which means you would tug on the long end of the thread where the bobbin is inserted). There may be a visual guide to help you determine where to place this tail of the thread.

Raise The Bobbin Thread

Place the bobbin with the thread attached, in the feeder. From there, pull a piece of loose thread about 15 cm long to go behind the machine and let it go into its base. Make sure that both threads are on top of the pressure foot from this point until you approach from behind and push them through only when ready to continue knitting.

Adjust Settings

After threading the needle and setting your bobbin, you’ll need to adjust the machine settings. Start by choosing the amount of time for your machine to make a stitch. The speed indicates how fast or slows your needle will move up and down.

You can also choose from the various stitch types or sewing lengths on the mini machine. Other stitch options in your engine include straight stitching or zigzag stitching, but other options help as well.

Finally, adjust the tension wheel so that you’re getting the stitches you want. Make sure to check your stitches about three times just to make sure it’s tight before moving on.

Test Points

For this, you will need a piece of fabric. Start sewing this fabric, and if the sewing is loose at the bottom or top of the fabric, you need to make the appropriate adjustments by turning the tension dial at the top left.

Start Sewing

To start, place the fabric under the pressure feet and press the foot pedal (the crank with your foot) to raise the needle into place. Once you are ready, lower the pressure foot. There are also levers on the machine that will help you position your fabric once it is under tension.

How to use the portable mini sewing machine (stapler)

Mini manual stapler sewing machines are easy to use and portable. There is a full-sized thread spool included with the machine in most cases. You can replace it with a thread that is already on the spool. Just twist another thread around it and voila! You’ve got yourself a needle and some thread to get started.

If you are going to use the full-size cable spool, be sure to install the spindle extension that is included with your device. To do this, we will need to open up the top of the spool holder, screw on the extension, insert the thread spool, and put on the cap provided to hold it in place. Make sure to keep this “spool cap” in a safe place for later use!

Once the thread spool is in place, follow the step-by-step instructions below to use the mini sewing machine:

Step 1

Thread your yarn with the axis of rotation counterclockwise. Then, start at the right and push it through the two guides before slipping in between them. The small tension disc at the end of the stapler should look like a circle with a dot in the middle. Begin from the right, pulling up on one side until you get to this marker (the red dot).

Also below the top of the machine, a hook or loop acts as a third thread guide. Pass the thread through this guide before threading the needle below. Once you insert the material and get it ready to sew, remove the securing plate by twisting it and then pull the thread from the bottom before pushing it back to the machine. Before sewing, any fabric, make sure that you have enough thread tail length of about 15 cm

2nd step

First, line up your fabric and make certain it is in the right place by releasing the fixing plate. Next, thread your needle then sew the top edge of your material.

Step 3

To start sewing, use the thumb of your right hand to push down on the top of the mini portable machine. Repeat either above or below your thumb to pluck it a short distance to the right. You should see some stitches.

Some of these portable mini sewing machines are battery-powered. To do this, you need to hold the batteries in place and then slide the device to the right and press the power button. The machine will then take care of the rest. Singer 18300 is a machine recommended by many reviewers because it comes with extra spools, needles, and thread spindles if you need them.


You can use a simple machine in the beginning, such as a stapler sewing machine, but eventually, you will want to move on to something more advanced like a Singer. With the step-by-step guides above you’ll know how to use minis in no time. Don’t forget to practice with them too; it’s the only way to progress to advanced sewing techniques.

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