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How to Use a Handheld Sewing Machine?

SiddenGold Handheld Sewing Machine
SiddenGold Handheld Sewing Machine

We are sure you have seen advertisements for a handheld sewing machine and wondered, can anyone really sew with this?

Yes, you most assuredly can. Although a low-end sewing machine won’t serve you much with sewing, a high-end will certainly fulfill your demand.

Anyhow, we will give you more details on this sewing tool later on.

But, first, let us serve your instructions on how to operate a handheld sewing tool. In this article, you will learn about different types of handheld sewing machines and how to sew with them.

Types of Handheld Sewing Machine

Before we go into details of how to sew with a handheld sewing machine, we want to provide you with some details on their types, so you can understand which one you should pick and how exactly you should be sewing with them.

There are three basic categories of handheld sewing machines. Such as a battery-operated sewing machine; a mini battery-operated one; and, there is another portable one that is called a stapler sewing machine. That means it is not battery operated; you have to use it manually.

The following steps are fundamental for setting and sewing with a battery-operated sewing machine. You can skip the first step entirely if you have got yourself a portable stapler sewing machine.

Now, carefully follow the steps below.

First Step: Put the batteries on

Generally, the case of batteries is found inside the bottom part of the machine. So, you need to check your sewing tool. If you can’t figure out where the battery compartment is, then take a look at the user manual. Once you figure out the hub for the batteries, place them inside in the correct position. By the way, most of the handheld sewing machines run on AA batteries. Again you can always check that from your user manual.

Second Step: Setting the bobbin

In the larger sewing machines, threads come from two different sources. Unlike those in a handheld sewing machine, there is only one source of thread, which you will see later located by the side of the machine.

Now, load the bobbin with your hand. You can load the bobbin with a larger sewing machine as well if you have that one also at your home. Many handheld sewing machines come with loaded bobbins. So, if you have got one with a load bobbin, you need to unwind the existing thread with your preferable thread.

Now, find the bobbin holder; it can be any of the sides of the machine. And, if you are sure not about the place for the bobbin holder is; refer to the user manual of the machine. 

Note: If you have the bigger handheld battery-operated machine, you will have to take the bobbin post/stand out of the machine. There will be spring too. You should set the spring under the bobbin stand. Then, push the bobbin and spring together in the hole. 

Also, remember, you will neither have to do this in the portable handheld battery-operated sewing tool nor on the portable stapler sewing tool.

Third Step: Threading the needle

Once you’re done inserting the bobbin in the holder, you will see a thread guide or a hole on a bar right beside the bobbin post. Put the thread through the hole and take it towards the front side of the machine.

When you are at the front, you will find another stand with two clamps inside it. Guide the thread through the clamps.

Next, the thread is ready to go to the needle. You will find a hook to aid you in leading the thread end through the eye of the needle. But, remember, you need to pull the thread from the backside to the front side.

Fourth Step: Sewing stage

Your machine is set to stitch through the fabrics. But, hold your horses! We want to help you with a few important sewing tips to ensure you a smooth sewing experience.

You should not hold the machine in your hand while trying to stitch. If you chose to do it that way, then you are going to end up with a zigzag stitching line. Still, if you want to see how that would look like, you can experiment. Theirs is no harm in experimenting other than creating some snaky lines on a piece of fabric.

However, the right way to stitch is, you should place the tool on the flat surface in order to stitch through a fabric in straight lines.

Also, this part is a little different for portable and stapler sewing machines. They are comparatively smaller than one with a battery. So, when you stitch with these, you need to hold them in your hand, unlike the battery-operated handheld sewing tool.

We are done here with all the steps of how to stitch with handheld sewing machines.


We have to make you careful of a few safety hazards. Go through the cautions quickly.

As these sorts of stitch tools are smaller in size, you are susceptible to getting pricked by the needle. Watch out for the needle during the threading and sewing process.

Always keep away from children.

Make sure your machine is in a locked mood when you are done using it.

Effectiveness of handheld sewing machines

These smaller stitching tools are certainly not for any large project. You can utilize them mainly in the small projects as it is more conducive to the purpose in relation to the full-sized ones.

As they are portable in size, they won’t be taking up any space in your house other than staying somewhere around your stitching workshop. Also, you can carry them anywhere you want. If you have a sewing project or competition to attend, you can simply take one with you. 

These mini sewing tools are easy to operate. Professionals and DIY projects both users can make use of this compact tool. You can fix or stitch on any material with them a suitable thickness of up to 1.8mm.

They are easily affordable. You will find a good handheld sewing machine with a win of 25 dollars. 

There are a few downsides of them; say, for example, the quality of the stitches is not better than full-sized sewing tools. Also, they can only make a forward lockstitch.

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Handheld ones are most useful in terms of a quick fix. You can utilize these machines in the household and in crafts all the time. 

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