Should you start sewing with needle up or down?

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What should you always lower before you start sewing?

Lower the needle into fabric about ½ inches (1 – 1.5cm) from the beginning of seam by turning the balance wheel manually (always turn it toward you). This makes sure the fabric does not move when you start sewing. Pull needle and bobbin threads toward the rear to avoid sewing over them.

Do all sewing machine needles have a flat side?

The main parts of the needle are the shank, groove, eye and point. Shank: The shank is the top part of the needle that fits up into the needle clamp of the sewing machine. The front side of the shank is rounded, and the back side is flat. The flat side of the needle always goes toward the back of the machine.

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