Important Sewing Machine Safety Rules

Safety is important to everyone and it is your responsibility to maintain a safe workplace. To maintain a safe environment, learn these safety rules and apply them at all times.

Safety rules:

  • If in doubt, ask the instructor.
  • Report any injuries or accidents to the instructor immediately. Also, report a broken tool or m/c to the instructor. If the equipment is not functioning properly, notify the instructor immediately.
  • Immediately wipe up any specified oil on the floor to prevent anyone from slipping. Keep aisles clear at all times.
  • Only use machines for which you have been trained and when the instructor or supervisor/assistant is present.
  • Use machines only with permission.
  • Always inspect the m/c before starting work. Make sure it is clean and properly threaded, there are no loose threads on the pulley belt, and all guards are in place.
  • Only make the adjustments you’ve been trained to do
  • When sewing on a power m/c, wear low-cut shoes and close-fitting clothing. Avoid baggy sleeves, sweaters, jewelry, ties and ribbons when using the machine. If your hair is long, tie it up.
  • Always adopt good posture to reduce fatigue, help prevent accidents and increase efficiency. If possible, adjust the height of the chair so that your feet rest flat on the floor.
  • Do not pull your chair forward or forward while using the machine.
  • Use both hands to raise and lower the machine head.
  • Always keep your head above the table.
  • Keep your feet away from the foot control when adjusting or threading the needle.

Before cleaning, oiling or adjusting the machine.

Before removing or replacing the pulley belt and operating the machine. wait for everything
the movement has stopped.

In case of emergency or in case of doubt.

Before unplugging the machine.

  • When unplugging the machine, hold the plug, not the cord.
  • Do not use your hand to stop and start the flywheel. Use your hand only to adjust the steering wheel.
  • Before using the m/c., close the sliding bed cover and make sure that the needle is correctly set and the bobbin is correctly placed.
  • When using the machine, do not be careless. Do not talk with your colleagues. Keep your attention on your work and your hands. Keep your hands a safe distance from the needle. Keep your hands, scissors and other sharp objects away from the belt.
  • Keep the machine and workstation clean with tools in the side drawer.
  • Use the correct needle for the job.
  • Do not sew the pins or put them in your mouth.
  • When the m/c is not in use, lower the foot and the needle.
  • Three-way plugs are a safety device on machines. Do not cut the ground pin.
  • Unplug the machine at the end of the day.
  • Know the location of the main switch, sockets and fuses in case of emergency.
  • Do not remove any safety devices from the machines.
  • Switch off the iron at the end of the work.
  • Always place the iron on the iron stand to avoid burning the ironing board cover.
  • Always place the industrial iron flat on the iron stand to prevent it from tipping over.
  • When you trim or cut, put all the trimmings in the wastebasket.

  • Scissors should be handed to another person with the handles facing the person. Never throw or throw scissors or equipment.
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke in the work area.

Safety instructions

All safety devices must be in place when the machine is ready for work or in operation. Operation without the specified safety devices is not permitted. Read the instruction manual before using the machine. Also, keep this manual so that you can read it at any time if necessary. Use the machine after ensuring that it complies with the safety standards in force in your country. General maintenance and inspection work as well as repair, conversion and adjustment work may only be carried out by trained technicians or personnel.

  • For your personal protection, wear safety glasses. Tampering with live parts and devices is prohibited.
  • For the following, turn off the power switch or unplug the m/c power plug from the outlet:

For threading needles, looper, spreader etc. and put the bobbin back in place.

To replace the parts of needle, presser foot, throat plate, looper, spreader, feed dog,
needle guard, folder, fabric guide, etc.

For repair work.

When leaving the workplace or when the workplace is unattended.

When using clutch motors without applying a brake, wait until the motor comes to a complete stop.

  • If you leave oil, grease, etc. used with the machine and devices come into contact with your eyes or skin or if you swallow such liquid by mistake, wash the affected areas immediately and consult a doctor.

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This article originally appeared in the July issue of “New Cloth Market: The Complete Textile Magazine for Textile Technologists”.

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