Because Fiber reminded me….
What I use:
- Regular foot and the embroidery foot that looks almost like the regular foot, but is clear so I can see what the sewing machine is doing. I use them nearly interchangeably.
- Zipper foot.
- Button foot.
- Rolled hem foot – but I really should stop on anything I’m not going to hand wash. I have an 1/8″ rolled hem foot and the hems come unhemmed in the wash and look frayed. So twee and cute when it is sewn up, then a big mess. :p I want to get a 1/4″ rolled hem so maybe it will quit doing this. Because rolled hems are the bomb, and they’re not a hand-sewing skill I have at this moment. (I should probably work on that, I like the light, delicate materials that call for that hem).
What I bought and don’t use
- The gathering foot. I can’t be bothered to fiddle with “how much is this going to gather, oh wait, I can’t fiddle with it to add a bit of extra room or take a bit more out? No – no thanks”.
What came with my machine and I don’t use, but would if I did this stuff. (It’s a foo-foo machine, what can I say).
- Quilt guide (would use if I quilted)
- Blind hem foot (I do this by hand)
- Overlock foot (is THAT what that is? I hate using the overlock stitch on my machine, it takes forever)
- Cording foot (pretty technique, must try someday)
- Darning foot/Walking foot
Really Useful Thing to Do:
Go to a sewing class that shows you how to use all the feet – this sort of sewing class came with my sewing machine, though I did have to sign up for it. Keep your samples.
If you don’t have that option, carefully work through your instruction manual and keep a sample book.
And can I again tell you how WONDERFUL a book the Sewing Machine Classroom is? Goes on Christmas list if you don’t have it. Trust me.