Last week I bought a sewing machine at a garage sale for $5. You might remember me posting this picture of the beauty:
But first I had to figure out if I had bought a dud or not. So I plugged it in and.... nothing. Hmmmm.
Luckly, it turned out that the pedal cord was just a little loose. So I fixed that. Yay! It worked!
Now that I knew it wasn't a dud, I decided to practice a little on a piece of sample fabric. Let me remind you here that I have absolutely no sewing machine experience whatsoever. Foolishly I thought that if I just tinkered about I would figure it out as I went along. So, when I couldn't figure out how to thread the stupid needle, it was a bit of a letdown.
My sewing machine did not come with a manual. However, if you stumble upon a (working) older electronic at a thrift store or garage sale, there's no reason to turn your nose up at it if it doesn't have a manual with it. I learned this years ago when my aunt gave me an old Sears SLR camera that I had no idea how to use. My dad found a copy of the user's manual online and printed it out for me. Lovely!
So I jotted down the model number of my Singer sewing machine and did a quick Swagbucks search. I came up with a couple of options. I think you can contact Singer directly and buy a copy, but I like free stuff. There are lots of different repositories online of downloadable manuals. I find mine at Manuals Online. It was a free PDF file that you can save to your computer and print out. Handy dandy!