Manufacturers are announcing handheld sewing machines as a quick way to make a simple repair at a hem or stitch a small, easy project without taking out a cumbersome sewing machine. While a portable sewing machine may not be the ideal choice for a large complex or sewing project, you can use one to finish a project or keep a behind-the-scenes hand for costume repairs. Assembly of many all-purpose fabrics including cotton, polyester, silk and nylon with a portable battery-powered handheld drain. Instructions • Thread the pocket sewing machine and insert the batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions. • Shut down the machine or make sure it is on “lock ” for security. Turn the knob in both directions to lift the needle. • Place the fabric you want to sew under the presser foot or a bar. Pull the thread through the needle with your left hand until you have a “tail ” thread a couple of inches long. • Hold the fabric you embroider in your left hand and the sewing machine in your right hand. Turn on the machine and unlock it. Guide – do not pull – the fabric in the machine with your left hand to sew. Stop the machine and lower the needle in the fabric using the knob to rotate in the corners. • Stop the machine at the end of your sewing and raise the needle to its highest position with the knob. Lift the presser foot or bar. Pull your fabric away from the machine to the left, taking care not to pierce the seam. Cut the thread about 3 inches of fabric. • Wrap the tail 3 inches of yarn in the last stitch using your fingers or a threader and tie a knot to prevent the seam from fraying. Tips & Warnings Set the tension wheel on the pocket sewing machine if the stitches are too loose or too tight. Practice on a piece of fabric similar to your project to find the best tension of the sample. Check and replace the batteries if the machine slows down during a project. Do not pull or slide the fabric through the pocket sewing machine to avoid damaging the needle, machine, and fabric. Never try to move the needle up or down with your fingers; always use the wheel.