MAKE IT SEW
A mini sewing machine
that really works!
Sewing is all about being creative and having fun! Learning
to use a sewing machine is easy and once you have mastered
a few simple skills, you can make many of your own unique
creations—purses, pillows, clothes and so much more! And
remember, the more you practice, the better you will become.
There are no limits to what you can make…. so let your
imagination take over!
Let’s sew! Your SMALL WORLD LIVING™ Make It Sew
Sewing Machine comes properly threaded and ready to
sew. To make sewing activities more enjoyable, follow these
Precautions and safety:
• Adult supervision is required. Machine is intended for
children 8 years and up. Adults should always assist children
at all stages of sewing and take complete charge when
necessary. Make It Sew is intended for real sewing usage
• Set the power switch to o? and don’t touch the switch when
inserting batteries, plugging in or replacing a needle
• Turn machine o? after use
• Do not attempt to dismantle or rebuild machine
Using and replacing batteries:
• Make It Sew uses 4 AA batteries
• To avoid accident or injury, turn the switch to o? when
inserting batteries or plugging in
• Battery compartment is located on the bottom of the unit
• Replace all batteries at the same time
• Insert the negative end ?rst. When removing batteries,
remove the positive end ?rst
• Do not use rechargeable batteries or nickel-cadmium
(NiCad) batteries in your machine
• Do not mix alkaline with any other battery type or brand of
battery (carbon zinc, nickel-cadmium, etc.)
• Do not use batteries with a low charge. When the batteries
are losing their charge the machine may run slower or have
di?culty starting to stitch. If this happens, promptly replace
the used batteries with new ones
• Do not leave batteries in the machine for long periods of
• To avoid battery leakage do not mix used and new batteries
• If leakage occurs, thoroughly wash skin and clothes and
keep away from eyes and mouth
Connecting the adapter:
• The adapter is a 6V adapter
• Plug the adapter into the adapter
socket to connect power
• Plug the adapter into the electrical outlet
• Batteries are bypassed when adapter is plugged in
• Machine speed is increased when using the adapter
Machine does not work when turned on
• Batteries are in wrong
• Align batteries properly
• Batteries are bad
• Replace with all new batteries
Machine turns on but will not sew
• Machine is not
• Check and correct top
and bottom threads
Machine stops when fabric is too thick
• Top or bottom thread
• Check and correct top
is caught or tangled
and bottom threads
For further technical support please go to:
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR
“MAKE IT SEW” SEWING MACHINE
S ewing is easy with your SMALL WORLD LIVING™ Make It Sew
S ewing Machine when you take the time to get familiar with its
parts. Just imagine of al the exciting sewing projects you can do
once you become acquainted with it!
bobbins, threaded bobbins,
threader, needle and foot pedal
1. On/O? switch- turns power on or o?
2. Speed selection- button for low and high speed
3. Bobbin winder- holds the bobbin when the thread is
wound from the spool
4. Flywheel- used to raise and lower the needle slowly. By
turning the ?ywheel towards yourself, you can raise and
lower the needle to place it exactly where you want. When
you stop or start, turn the ?ywheel until the thread take-
up is in its highest position
5. Front bobbin peg- holds top thread bobbin
6. Spindle- this spindle holds the spool of thread in place
7. Thread tension adjustment knob- this dial controls the
amount of pressure on the thread as it passes through
8. Needle pole- directs the thread from the spool to
9. Thread pull stem- this lever helps to keep tension in the
thread. By hand-turning the ?ywheel, you can stop and
start with the lever in its highest position. This will prevent
your needle from unthreading
10. Pressure foot- when lowered this holds the fabric
11. Throat plate- a plate with an opening wide enough to
move needle back and forth
12. Needle- the needle carries the thread through the fabric
and joins with the bobbin thread to create a stitch
13. Needle clamp- holds needle in place
14. Bobbin cover plate- see-through cover for bobbin case
15. Pressure foot lever- use lever to lower or raise
16. Foot pedal jack
17. AC/DC adapter jack
18. Bobbin cover release button- releases bobbin cover
plate to access bobbin case
19. Bottom thread bobbin
USING YOUR "MAKE IT SEW"
Threading the sewing machine:
• To thread the machine, refer to picture
Helpful hint! Use small pieces of masking tape marked with
arrows or numbers to mark threading order
• Bottom thread—press the bobbin cover release button
(Fig. 1-#18) at the back of the machine to remove the bobbin
cover. Place the full bobbin in the magnetic compartment,
pull the thread clockwise, and cut thread leaving one inch.
With machine already threaded on top, turn handwheel
clockwise until top thread pulls bottom bobbin thread out
• Pull top and bottom threads together behind machine
leaving about 6” of thread. Place cover plate back on.
Remember: it is important that the machine is threaded
correctly or it will not stitch properly.
Helpful Hint! Begin by testing a piece of scrap fabric. If the
machine does not stitch properly, recheck top threading,
bobbin threading and bobbin case placement.
• At some point of sewing, you will need to wind more thread
onto your bobbin. To wind thread onto a bobbin, ?rst locate
the bobbin winding peg found on the ?ywheel (Fig. 1-#3).
This is for winding new bobbins
• Press the bobbin winding peg to pop out and turn
• Place spool of thread on the spindle (Fig. 1-#6). Place an
empty bobbin onto the bobbin winding peg and wrap
thread clockwise around the bobbin 4 or 5 times
• Put the machine on high speed and turn on. Thread will
begin winding onto empty bobbin. Be careful not to over
load the bobbin with too much thread
• Turn machine o? when bobbin is full and winding
• Cut thread and remove the bobbin from peg
• You did it! You wound up your bobbin!
Adjusting stitch tension:
As shown in the picture, the top and bottom thread should
not be either too tight or too loose. Adjusting the tension
correctly is important otherwise you will become very
frustrated! You may want to spend some time practicing
stitching so you will be comfortable with the stitch tension.
TOO LOOSE: If underside stitch is too straight of a line, this
means that the top thread is too loose. To adjust, turn thread
tension adjustment knob (Fig. 1-#7) clockwise until the stitch
tension is normal.
TOO TIGHT: If the top thread looks like a straight line,
then the top thread is too tight. To loosen tension, turn
thread tension adjustment knob counter-clockwise until the
stitch tension is normal.
• You may want someone that has experience with changing
the needle (Fig. 1-#12) to show you how to replace the
needle at ?rst. You don’t want to poke your ?ngers!
• First, make sure machine is turned o?. To be extra cautious,
remove batteries and unplug machine
• Loosen the needle clamp (Fig. 1-#13) by turning counter-
clockwise and pull needle out
• Insert new needle into the hole (make sure you position the
needle with ?at side facing inward) and press in ?rmly
• Tighten the needle clamp by turning clockwise
Positioning Fabric and Sewing:
• First, make sure you are comfortable sitting at the machine
and that it is at a good height. Also make sure you have
• Turn the ?ywheel and raise needle to highest position
• Lift up the pressure foot lever and insert fabric under
pressure foot (Fig. 1-#10), then lower lever
• Select high or low speed (start at low speed to slowly
become comfortable with speed and switch to high as you
• Rotate the ?ywheel to check fabric movement
Using the Foot Pedal:
• Insert the foot pedal plug into the socket (Fig. 1-#16) on the
side of the machine. The pedal is not variable speed. Simply
press your foot for on and o?
• Be sure to unplug the foot pedal after each use
• Gently press foot pedal and begin sewing. Be careful and
remember–sew fabric, not ?ngers!
• To stop machine, take foot o? the pedal. Turn the ?ywheel
(clockwise) by hand until the needle is raised. Remove fabric
Helpful Hint! As your machine begins to stitch along the line,
lightly guide the fabric by making a triangle with your hands
to frame the stitching area. Let the machine take the fabric.
Do not pull or push—just guide.
Note: In case the fabric is di?cult to remove, just rotate the
?ywheel back and forth a little, while pulling gently on fabric.
Using the “on/off” switch:
• To sew without using the foot pedal, simply press the “on”
button. To stop, press “o?” button (Fig. 1-#1)
SEWING KIT ESSENTIALS
There are many items that you will need to make up a basic
sewing kit. Each project you do will require a list of basic
sewing tools, so it is always good to have your own sewing kit
full of all the sewing essentials.
These are the items you will may need when sewing. They are
not expensive and can be found at your local craft or sewing
There are di?erent types of needles to use for various sewing
techniques. For the most part, a regular sewing needle size is
all you will need for ?nishing ends o?, hemming by hand, or
sewing up small openings in seams.
To sew most fabrics you can use all-purpose mercerized
thread. Make sure you match the color of thread to the main
fabric you will be sewing. It is always good to have an
assortment of colors in your kit.
You can never have too many straight pins! They are used in
many instances, usually to hold together two layers of fabric
Large, sharp scissors are needed for cutting fabric, while
small pointed scissors are best for snipping threads, cutting
buttonholes, and trimming seams.
Large and small safety pins are needed for threading elastic or
ribbon through casings, and they are also useful for holding
things in place.
A tape measure is a necessity for measurements.