Information you need to understand about your machine.You bought your sewing machine, you have read the general directions, learned how to thread it and are ready to rumble! Practice, practice, practice! Learn how to make the standard seam, which is the core of all garments and you are halfway there. A good rule of thumb is to start with a good medium even stitch at a 3.5 setting with a 5/8th inch width. Use the guide on your machine’s presser foot.