Sewing machine manuals are an invaluable tool when it comes to understanding how to properly use your machine. These books serve the purpose of guiding the user through each aspect of the sewing machine, which tasks it can perform, and how to operate and troubleshoot your particular model of machine.
Understandably, losing your sewing manual can feel like it's left you with no way to go about learning how to properly use your machine's features, but there are fortunately a number of ways to recover a manual that's lost, damaged, or otherwise unusable.
Sewing machines companies understand that machine manuals get lost and will assist you in replacing an original manual for any sewing machine, even the sewing machine you inherited or bought at a yard sale.
Tips for Finding the Right Manual for Your Machine
Each make and model of sewing machine produced around the world is unique in certain ways, and as a result, finding the right manual for your machine can be tricky if you don't know exactly which make and model you have—especially when it comes to older versions.
Still, sewing machine manuals are considered a "part" when you are trying to locate a sewing machine manual, so you should be able to locate one if you know the make and model of your machine. Contacting the sewing machine company that produced your machine will get you started to obtaining a manual, and replacement manuals usually cost between 15 and 25 dollars each.
A good place to start if you're unsure of your model number is on the official company website of the maker of your machine, which could include Baby Lock, Bernina USA, Brother Company, Elna USA, Husquavarna Viking, Janome, Pfaff, Riccar, SINGER Company, and White Sewing Machines,
Other Online Resources
While some of these manufacturers have extensive collections of manuals dating back to the start of their companies, others' collections only keep the newest models' manuals in stock and must reprint or source older resources upon request.
Shoppers Rule sells instruction manuals for more than 15 sewing machine brands—if the manual is still in print, you'll receive an original; if not, they'll make a copy; and if the manual isn't readily available, they'll try to locate one.
SINGER, on the other hand, offers manuals for all models at various prices, all you have to do is click on "Consumer Products" to navigate to home machine manuals. Meanwhile, the other websites listed above typically contain most of the manuals you're looking for.
Alternatively, you can try a Google search of your machine's make and model and the world "Operation Manual" in quotes. If the machine is a popular model, chances are you'll find a PDF version for free or cheap online.
No matter which option you select to replace your manual, you're not likely to run into any difficult if the machine was made in the last 100 years. Still, there are some problems with universal solutions such as fixing bobbin thread bunching or threading a needle that you won't need a manual for at all—just browse through our guides below for more solutions to common problems with sewing machines.