Did you make a spontaneous decision and get yourself a sewing machine but are now doubting your decision because you don’t know what measures to take for the sake of sewing safely? In that case, the following Sewing Machine Safety Rules are written just for you! Even if you aren’t a beginner at sewing, being cautious about sewing won’t do you any harm.
Ten Sewing Machine Safety Rules:
1. Stow away your Equipments
This is the very first thing you need to remember to do when you are done sewing. Items such as rotary cutters, scissors and any other sharp objects in general, need to be stored away safely in a cupboard that is out of other people’s reach or in a box that you have notified everyone else about being only for your sharp sewing objects. Not only can you get hurt, but if you have a pet or a baby in the house, their wellbeing is at risk as well. So make sure you have a box or places in the cupboard ready before you move on to the next point.
2. Keep your Fingers away from the Needle
You should keep your fingers at least an inch away from the needle. You must be thinking, “How am I supposed to guide the fabric if I keep my hands away from the needle?” Well, the answer to that is in your local crafts store. Make a trip to your favorite crafts store and ask which product you should use; I am sure they would know what to suggest! If you wish to get creative and use something which you already have in the house then you can use the end of a pencil (make sure you use the end with the rubber) or even chopsticks, anything really to help you keep the fabric in place. Avoid going near the feed with your bare fingers.
3. Keep your Pins and Needles together
This is basically the same as the first point. Learn how to keep your stuff in one place. Tidiness is the key to a great sewing experience. Not only does a clean room brighten up your mood, it also helps you keep track of your sewing tools; especially those that have a greater possibility of getting lost amidst all the mess: your pins and needles. If you become too lazy and can’t get yourself to clean the sewing room, think about this: If you or a member of your family living with you, end up getting hurt, the blame’s on you. Even if no one does get hurt eventually, better safe than sorry, right? Best way to keep these easily-lost items in one place is to get a pin cushion. These come in a great variety, ranging from regular to excessively cute, depending on your choice. If you don’t have one of these, time to hit the market again! One more way to avoid getting hurt is by wearing shoes while sewing.
4. Keep your Nails trimmed and your Hair out of the way
Do I even need to say anymore on this? The title says it all. Tie your hair up in a tight ponytail or a bun so that you don’t have to keep on shoving strands of hair away from your face every now and then. Keep your nails trimmed so that it doesn’t get stuck in the needle while you sew, or rip fine fabrics. Keeping your nails trimmed and your hair neatly put up into a high bun won’t just lessen your number of obstacles while sewing, it also makes you look more presentable, even while working. Imagine someone walking into you just to witness you with a messy hair-do and untrimmed nails. Not a very good sight. Or do it just for the sake of being comfortable while working. This guide also works for hand sewing safety.
5. Don’t get too Engrossed in your work
I’m not telling you to lose focus. Your body needs to rest every now and then; especially when you’re hunched over a machine for hours at stretch. Turn off the power supply to your machine, stretch and walk around a bit. If possible, make yourself a cup of tea before you get back to work. This helps you give attention to your work better, and you won’t get drowsy too easily. Trust me, you’ll feel rejuvenated after every break, thus enhancing your sewing skills to a whole new level. Remember: avoid alcohol or any other medications while sewing.
6. Your Machine needs regular check-ups too
Although you don’t need to get your machine checked every month, taking it to a professional service centre at least two or three times in two years will keep it in good condition. Your machine will be almost as good as new. Another way you can keep yourself and your machine in good condition is by unplugging it from the power supply before you open your machine, if you ever have to. That way, you won’t be electrocuted and you can get your work done as well. Switch off power supply when you’re done with the day’s work.
This is something we’ve always been told to be careful about. It’s a very common thing for a lot of people to accidentally burn themselves while pressing clothes. You need to be careful about this. Minor cuts will heal with time, but even the most minor of burns will take a long time to heal and even when it will, the scar will remain. Plus, it’s more painful.
8. Choose your workstation wisely
A dimly lit room is just as harmful to you as a set of improperly sized chairs and tables. Don’t put too much pressure on your eyes or your back, as injuries or complications in these parts will stay with you for a lifetime. If you’re sewing in your own house, choose a room or a spot where there’s a lot of light. A nicely lit room will prevent your eyesight from getting damaged, and if you place a set of perfectly matched table and chair in the room, your sewing journey is just a needle away!
9. Slow and Focused wins the dress!
This is essentially necessary for complete beginners or those who just bought a new sewing machine. Test your machine with a scrap of cloth you know you wouldn’t need before you start onto something bigger. That way, even if your machine does anything funny, you can rest assured that your project didn’t get ruined. Don’t take your eyes off of your work once you’re on it. I know a ping! from your phone does sound pretty tempting, but don’t let that get to you when you’re sewing. Taking your eyes off of your work for even a second can make a huge difference. So stay focused, but remember, if you feel like you’re losing your groove, take a break.
10. The right apparatus
Not every needle is suitable for whatever type of cloth you intend on sewing. Search up the pros and cons of using a certain type of needle on your chosen fabric, and sort out the best one.
That was about all there is to Sewing Machine Safety Rules. Follow them properly and you’ll be an experienced seamstress in no time! Get sewing!