As a person who is particularly interested in sewing machines, especially the handheld ones that you can use at home, you might have heard the word “loop.”  Sewing and stitching machines are becoming better and easier to use. Loop sewing technology is one of the most impressive ones I’ve witnessed in recent years but is loop a handheld sewing machine?

The Answer

I combed the world wide web, consulted friends in the sewing industry, fashion designers, and everyone else I thought would have this kind of information, and here’s what they said. There’s nothing like a loop handheld sewing machine. What we have is a handheld sewing machine with loops.

The loop feature is impressive, and some mini-held sewing machines come with the thread loop, which is quite fantastic as it makes work easier. The loop sewing machine is just but a concept. Lopping creates two loops at equal distant positions.

How the Loop Stitch Works in Sewing Machines

Loop stitch is extraordinary and differs from the normal hand-sewing in the sense of how it functions. According to How Stuff Works, a piece of thread goes through the tiny eye of a needle. The sewer then drives the needle and the thread through the two fabrics provided on both sides and binds them together.

The machine releases the needle on one side of the fabric to grab it on the other side. The machine then pulls the entire length of loose thread through the fabric before turning the needle around and repeating the whole process reverse. Sounds complicated, right? That’s why it’s a machine!

The process is easier on hand, but it’s a bit complicated, so it’s better to use a machine because it delivers perfect results. A motor with series of gears drives the needle up and down on the fabric. The needle pulls a loop of the thread from one side to another while mechanism on the bottom part of the sewing machine grabs the loop and wraps the thread around it.

How to Use a Handheld Sewing Machine

Depending on your location and convenience, you can easily purchase handheld sewing machines from the leading online platforms such as Amazon, AliExpress, or eBay. The headache, though, is how you are going to use the handheld sewing machine. Don’t worry. You’ll crack it. Here’s a tutorial on how to use a handheld sewing machine.

Step 1: Set Up the Batteries

A handheld machine uses batteries, and most of them use AA batteries. Some use a single battery, while others take four. Get the batteries installed before you get to use your machine.

Step 2: Set Up the Bobbin

The bobbin is crucially helpful in holding the thread. It’s the only source of thread that your machine is using to sew. Bobbins are plastic or wooden made.

First, the bobbin holder and the spring have to come off. Fix back the spring to hold the bobbin in place.

Step 3: Threading Process

The bobbin goes in clockwise to feed the needle with the thread. The thread must be pulled towards the sewing place and positioned in the header.

How to feed a thread on a sewing machine

Step 4: Sewing Process

Threading is the most stressful part. If you got it right, now the party is just about to start. The sewing process is enjoyable. Before starting, you should first rotate the handwheel in any direction. The sewer must lift the sewing plate to insert the fabric.

With the fabric held with your left hand and the right clutching the machine, point the fabric where you need it sewed. Turn on the device, and it will automatically grab the fabric.

Step 5: Secure the Stitch

Unfortunately, handheld machines don’t do reverse sewing like their traditional counterparts, so you’ll have to secure the stitch manually. Start by fastening the plate, then pull and cut the thread.

Turn the rotary wheel around. It will create a loop at the edge of the fabric you’ve been working on, and you can use it to secure the threading. It’s the only way you can secure the stitch with the device.

Handheld sewing machines, especially those with loops, make basic stitching simple. However, they are for industrial use. They are not as accurate as regular sewing machines.

The Pros and Cons of a Handheld Sewing Machine


  • Affordable and available online.      
  • Portable and lightweight.
  • Cordless and only uses batteries.


  • Complicated to use for first-timers.
  • Unstable resulting in zigzags.
  • No clean finishing.
  • May result in uneven stitches due to lower tension.

Final Remarks

As you already know, the loop is not a handheld sewing machine but part of the mechanism. You’ll be able to experience how the loop works when you start using the handheld sewing machine.