Sewing Machine Parts Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Can your students name the parts of a sewing machine? This lesson plan includes a text lesson that outlines key information for students and an activity to provide them with practice in identifying the parts of a sewing machine.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • list and describe the parts of a sewing machine
  • identify a sewing machine's parts by name


45 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).


Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.


  • A sewing machine (or large photograph of a sewing machine)
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Parts of a Sewing Machine
  • Photocopies of the worksheet from the associated text lesson
  • Scrap paper
  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Cardboard box
  • 2-liter bottles
  • Milk carton tops and other round bottle caps
  • Assorted other craft and building materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Power cord
  • Power switch
  • Thread spool pin
  • Bobbin
  • Needle clamp screw
  • Foot pedal
  • Hand wheel
  • Feed dog
  • Presser foot
  • Reverse stitch lever
  • Stitch width dial
  • Stitch length dial
  • Pattern selector dial

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