How to Use a Bicor VX1005 Sewing Machine

Using a sewing machine is an easy task as long as you know the basics. Each machine has different settings and a slightly different build. The Bicor VX1005 was built in England during the 1970's. The stitches in this machine are the simple straight stitch and the zigzag stitch and are adjusted on the front of the machine with a dial. As an electrically run machine, the VX1005 has a foot controller that plugs into the machine next to the electrical cord.

Things You'll Need

  • Bicor VX1005 sewing machine

  • Thread

  • Needle

  • Cloth

  • Scissors

Step 1

Plug the Bicor VX1005 into the wall electric socket. As this machine was built in England, the power cord will need to be exchanged for a different cord if working in the United States. Any sewing machine retailer will have appropriate cords in stock. Press the power button found on the right side of the machine just over the power cord to turn the machine on.

Step 2

Place the thread spool upon the metal bar on the top right of the machine. This is the spool pin. Pull the thread around the first thread guide hook that is on the top of the machine. Feed the thread through the second thread guide that is on the front of the machine and leads to the inside of the tension disc. Wrap the thread around the tension disc and into the needle hook over the needle. Run the thread through the needle and leave a 2-inch lead.

Step 3

Open the bobbin case by pressing on the raised ridges on top of the case. Place a full bobbin into the shuttle and pull the end of the thread through the shuttle hook to give a 2-inch lead.

Step 4

Unscrew the pin on top of the presser foot bar. This will open the spot for the needle. Place the needle into the slot with the flat side to the right. Tighten the screw on the presser foot bar.

Step 5

Turn the wheel toward you until the needle lowers into the presser foot and back up. Hold onto the 2-inch lead of the top thread with your left hand. The needle will go around the thread in the bobbin and pull up the 2-inch lead there. When the needle pulls the bobbin lead up, take it, with the top thread lead, and pull it back toward the back of the sewing machine.

Step 6

Place the cloth under the presser foot and lower the presser foot onto the cloth. Lightly press on the foot controller. This will make the machine sew slowly. Until the action of sewing is comfortable, sew slowly.

Step 7

Finish the stitch needed by running the cloth through the presser feed to the end. Lift your foot from the foot controller. Raise the presser feed and pull the cloth out. Cut the threads and tie them off onto the cloth. Start over from pulling the top thread and the bobbin thread back 2 inches.


Check the tension disc if the stitch is loose. The tension disc may need to be tightened.

Features on the VX1005 include a push-button release for bobbin winding, a built-in plastic cam for zig-zag stitching, and a spool access slide plate.

The unit is made from a mixture of aluminum and plastic, which makes it very easy to clean.

Bicor is made by Brother, a large brand name company that should be able to provide support if needed.


Unplug the machine when it is not in use.

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