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sewing machine [1]click to hear

Machine used to assemble two pieces of fabric by means of a series of stitches made with a needle and thread.
sewing machine [1] head needle hinged presser foot bobbin needle plate slide plate tension block flat-bed stitch selector power/light switch reverse stitch button column stitch length regulator needle position selector handwheel bobbin winder pressure dial stitch width selector arm spool pin thread take-up lever thread guide

head click to hear

Vertical section that completes the needle’s drive mechanism; the presser foot extends from it.

needle click to hear

Metal stem that passes the thread through the fabric to form a stitch.

hinged presser foot click to hear

Articulated end of the presser foot; it consists of two branches between which the needle passes.

bobbin click to hear

Spool on which the lower thread is wound.

needle plate click to hear

Metal plate with an opening that the needle passes through and two slits from which the feed dogs for the fabric protrude.

slide plate click to hear

Plate that slides open, providing access to the lower stitching components.

tension block click to hear

Parts that control the tension of the upper thread.

flat-bed click to hear

Surface over which the pieces of fabric move.

stitch selector click to hear

Wheel used to select a stitch pattern.

power/light switch click to hear

Button that turns the machine and the sewing light on and off.

reverse stitch button click to hear

Switch that reverses the sewing direction.

column click to hear

Vertical section that supports the arm and houses part of the needle’s drive mechanism.

stitch length regulator click to hear

Dial used to set the length of the stitch; the numbers indicate the length in millimeters.

needle position selector click to hear

Part that selects the needle position (left, center or right).

handwheel click to hear

Dial used to raise and lower the needle manually.

bobbin winder click to hear

Pin on which the bobbin is placed to load it; the spool pin thread is transferred to the bobbin winder.

pressure dial click to hear

Mechanism used to set the pressure of the hinged presser foot on the fabric.

stitch width selector click to hear

Mechanism used to set the stitch width.

arm click to hear

Part that connects the head to the column; it houses part of the needle’s drive mechanism.

spool pin click to hear

Pivot used to attach the upper spool of thread.

thread take-up lever click to hear

Lever that the upper thread goes through before it is threaded through the needle; it regulates tension.

thread guide click to hear

Part used to direct the thread.