Directions:  Follow the directions on the worksheet that goes with this webpage.  You can get it here.

1. Before you begin to stitch, raise the take-up lever and needle to the highest point.  This will keep the thread from pulling out of the needle.  It's also a good idea to make sure the needle clamp screw is tightened.

2. Make sure the upper thread and the bobbin thread are pulled back behind the presser foot.  This will keep them from getting tangled in the bobbin case.

3. Place the fabric under the presser foot, with the bulk of the fabric to the left of the machine.  Smooth out the fabric so you can feed it beneath the needle.

4. Locking stitches: 

A. Begin on the seam line (line where you want to stitch), ½ inch down from the edge of the fabric. 
B. Place the point of the needle on the seam line.
C. Lower the needle onto the fabric by turning the hand wheel.
D. Lower the presser foot.  Use the foot control to stitch at a slow, even speed.
E. Use the reverse feed button to stitch backwards to the edge of the fabric.  Release the reverse feed button.
F. Stitch forward over the stitches you made and continue to sew until you get to the end of the fabric.

G. Use the reverse feed button to backstitch for five or six stitches (locking the stitches on this end of the fabric). 

5. When you finish stitching, turn the hand wheel to raise the take-up lever and needle to the highest point. 

6. Slide the fabric toward the back of the machine, pulling the top and bottom thread out at least 3 or 4 inches.

7. Clip the threads close to the stitching. 

Updated:  08-29-08
created by Jo Black (7.19.04)