Sewing Machines

Sewing machines can be fast, convenient and a useful piece of equipment that many people simply can’t live without. However, you should ensure you take the proper precautions when using them to avoid any dangers they pose.

Sewing Machine Safety

Here are our top tips for making sure you use yours safely.

Safety First

  • Make sure you buy your sewing machine from a reputable dealer, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
  • It’s important to register a new sewing machine with the manufacturer so that you can be contacted if a safety notice or recall is required. It also makes it easier for you to return a faulty product or order a repair. To register any of your appliances, regardless of age, visit Register My Appliance.
  • Use our free online checker to see if you have any recalled electrical items.
  • Check that your appliance has a UK plug; if it doesn’t, don’t try to use a UK travel adaptor. Get in touch with the retailer and ask for their advice.
  • Do regular checks of the plug and socket for burn marks, sounds of ‘arcing’ (buzzing or crackling) or if it feels too hot to touch. If you have fuses blowing or circuit-breakers tripping then contact a registered electrician to investigate.
  • Any socket you plan to use to plug in a sewing machine should have RCD (residual current device) Protection. An RCD is a life-saving device that protects against dangerous electric shock and reduces the risk of electrical fires. If you don’t have RCD protection in your fuse box for your sockets, consider using an RCD plug to protect you and your property from serious appliance faults.

Using your sewing machine safely

  • Spend a few minutes inspecting the cord before use, to make sure it’s in good condition.
  • Tie your hair back before you start to sew.
  • Don’t let your fingers get too close to the feeder.
  • Turn the machine off when threading the needle.
  • Pay attention to the sounds your sewing machine is making.
  • If you notice a burning smell or any unusual noises, switch the sewing machine off immediately and contact the retailer and/or manufacturer.
  • Always turn off the sewing machine at the socket when not in use – even better, unplug it all together.
  • If a fire does start, don't try to fight the fire. Get to safety and call 999 immediately.

You should always read through the entire owner’s manual, so you are familiar with specific operational instructions.