You might not be perfect with your machine, the first time in doing various stitches, but with time and practice, you will get better. If you are an amateur in the stitching world, then it is better to practice different stitches first on some sample fabric pieces.
The backstitch is all about securing the start and end of your stitch. You can do it simply by tying the either ends of the thread by making a square like knot using your hands. It is also considered as the easiest of all the stitches. To do so, just put down the needle in the fabric at the point from where you want to start the stitch. After that, put the presser foot down. After that, make a few stitches in the forward direction and push the back stitch button after stopping it. This button can be in the form of a lever or knob as well in some machines. Using it will make the needle to stitch in the backward direction.
Sewing in Straight Lines:
The amateurs in the start find their straight stitching a bit rough and probably not straight enough. If that is the case, then it is the right time to practice on some sample. The best way to practice this is to do it on top of any line. So, draw some straight lines over the fabric with a pencil and practice on those lines. Initially, just focus on sewing right over the line steadily. Once, you have good control, then you can stitch with speed.
Sewing around the corners and curves:
This is where the real challenge comes for the beginners. You can practice these again by drawing some arcs using a round geometrical shape over the fabric and some lines at the edges as well. When it comes to curves, sewing at a faster speed is not possible so no point in rushing up on your foot presser. This thing requires great practice and you need to readjust the fabric several times. Sewing around a cloud shape or in curve can be done by stitching a couple of stitches and maybe three and then you need to readjust the fabric. This can take time, even for the professionals. This art takes time and your stitches initially will be squiggly but keep on practicing and you will get much better with time.
The zigzag stitching:
Explore your machine well and find out that what type of stitches it can do. Most of the modern machines today come with the zigzag stitch option. It will probably be shown on your sewing machine with a zigzag image. The adjustments of your stitches here are very important. You got to set up the width and the length of the stitch in order to bring your zigzag stitch in the best possible look. Changing the width of the zigzag stitch will change the pattern of the stitch completely and same goes if the length is changed. So, you got a lot to play with such stitch and it isn’t that difficult to implement over the fabric as it seems.
Extra Stitches on the machine:
Every sewing machine available today comes with different options and different set of built in stitches. The most modern machines come with over a 100 stylish and unique built in stitch patterns. You may need to select the stitch manually if the options are given on-board or otherwise you have to enter the stitch number into your machine to use it.
The random stitches might not be that productive, but practicing them can make you learn a lot of new things. The fact is that, when you master the basic stitches that are available within a best sewing machine it would be helpful in creating more through practice.
Because, using multiple stitches and options while making any design would help you to create interestingly fabulous designs and embroidery patterns. There is only a need to practice these basic stitches and it will lead you to create your own designs and patterns with ease.
So, if your machine doesn’t have too many fancy stitches, then don’t be worried at all. Learning the basic stitches sometimes is just enough to become an experienced sewing machine user.