Set up the machine
You may call this assembly to a certain extent but it’s not really combining the parts of the machine together. This process basically involves connecting the power cable and foot pedal to your machine after finding a good table or frame to place it on.
Most computerized units come with foot pedals and connecting these pieces together is similar to what you would do when setting up other types of sewing machines.
Next comes a very crucial step, which entails laying out the thread for the actual stitching process. This can be broken down into 3 steps.
All the steps above are not unique to computerized sewing machines. They apply to all types but from this stitch selection process, you get to see the uniqueness and “slight complexity” of these units.
If you are used to dials, forget this and enter the modern world of a few buttons, LCD displays and even touch functionality.
While this may sound a bit complex, if you use a smartphone, then it will be very easy because all the functionalities will be very intuitive.
Basically, since computerized sewing machines feature multiple built-in stitch patterns (ranging in the hundreds), it is impossible to carry out stitch selection using dials.
This is where you find small LCD screens and selector buttons for what can be termed as the “low end computerized sewing machines” and large displays with touch functionality for the high-end units.
Large screens are much better and most offer the convenience of displaying even the stitch drawing itself for easy and quick referencing during the selection process. Other selections that can be made via this screen include the stitch width and stitch length adjustment.
Convenience features and adjustments
Computerized sewing machines also feature a ton of convenience features such as variable speed settings, which allows you to cap the top speed at mostly either one of 3 so that you can work at a pace that is suitable to use.
You also get a start/stop button, which enables you to rest your foot occasionally by not using the foot pedal, needle up/down, variable thread tensioning and automatic thread cutting, which chops off the thread for you at the right spot after stitching, eliminating the use of scissors every now and then.
On the part of stitch designs, you can also use the included screen and selection mechanism to mirror certain patterns, as well as for stitch elongation. However, this is an advanced feature that is available in high-end machines only.
Stitch pattern downloading
Lastly, since they are computerized, some of these machines allow you to add on to the built-in stitch patterns by downloading the designs from an external computer. This is usually done via USB cable, and it opens up a new creativity and versatility dimension, which you can use to your advantage.
However, as stated above, this feature is not included in all computerized units and if your machine happens to be equipped with it, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions since the steps might differ from brand to brand.