These are parts common to many sewing machines. However, since there are so many sewing machine models
out there, these parts may or may not be on your particular machine.


Sewing machine parts glossary:


      Bobbin

    The spool that sits in the lower part of the machine. It holds the thread that makes the underside of a
    stitch.

       Bobbin Case

           The part of the machine that houses the bobbin.


       Feed/Feed Dogs

    The metal teeth that stick up above the needle plate. They move the fabric forward as it’s being
    stitched.


    Hand Wheel

           The wheel on the side of the machine that can be turned manually to adjust the height of the needle.


    Needle Bar/Needle Clamp

           The part that holds the needle.


    Needle Plate

    The flat surface below the needle that the needle goes down through when making a stitch. It can be
    changed for different stitching jobs. Also called a throat plate.


    Presser Foot

    The piece that sits below the needle and holds the fabric down as it’s being stitched. It can be
    changed for different stitching jobs.


    Slide Plate

           The cover that opens to allow access to the bobbin.


    Spool Holder

           The spindle that holds the top spool of thread.


    Stitch Length Regulator/Selector

           The mechanism that allows you to adjust the length of your stitches.


    Stitch Width Regulator/Selector

           The mechanism that allows you to adjust the width of a wide stitch, such as a zigzag stitch.


    Take-up Lever

    Part of the upper threading sequence, it helps control the flow of thread. It’s the part that goes “up
    and down” as you sew.


    Tension Disks

           Disks that the upper thread is placed between that regulate thread tension.


    Tension Regulator/Adjuster/Dial

           The mechanism that allows you to adjust the tension of your upper, and sometimes bobbin, thread.


    Thread Guides

           Part of the upper threading sequence, they direct the flow of thread.


    Throat Plate

           See Needle Plate.
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The Parts of a Sewing Machine Defined