You may think that you have everything you need when you get ahold of your sewing machine. The moment you start sewing, however, you will realize the need for some additional sewing machine accessories and attachments. These can make any sewing task easier.
Sewing machine attachments
When it comes to attachments, we are mostly talking about foot attachments. Sewing functions are incorporated in the machine itself. However, these will not work unless the right foot is used.
One of the most commonly used sewing foot attachment is the adjustable cording foot. Also called a zipper foot, this is used in attaching zippers, but it can also be used in welting. a zipper foot comes in 2 models: sliding over the zipper top and gripping from its side.
Another common attachment is the buttonholer although some consider it as one of the most important sewing machine accessories. This is self-explanatory. Nonetheless, you must choose a buttonholer which allows you to view your work as you slide the fabric backward and forward and side to side over the placement.
Binder is used to finish the hem or seam of a garment. Use binder rolls or press before the trim or edging is stitched. The binder must be inserted into the sewing machine, and it will fold the binding tape over.
Also called edge stitcher, an edger is used in edging the fabric for both disentanglement and decorative effects. the edger is also used in making small tucks, sewing laces together and attaching bias tape.
A walking foot keeps several layers of fabric in position during straight sewing. The foot keeps the fabrics moving while preventing them from bunching up or sliding. This is necessary in lining up plaids and stripes. A walking foot is also used for quilting.
Sewing machine accessories
The seam guide keeps the seams straight and in place. When sewing, the focus should be on the seam allowance since the needle may wander far or close to the stitching line.
A hemmer folds the raw edge over to create a hem. This prevents the fabric from unraveling. Using the hemmer takes practice, but once you get the hang of it, there is no need to struggle with using a needle and thread in hemming different fabrics. Thus, the hemmer is one of the most utilizable sewing machine accessories because of the various hem treatments required.
a ruffler gathers or pleats the fabric as a trim. This is a must in sewing curtains, party dresses, skirts, doll clothes, etc.
These attachments and accessories are not always required. However, they can make your sewing tasks easier. They should be placed in a sewing box to keep them organized and handy whenever you need them. If possible, get a box that has compartments where you can put the attachments and accessories separately. You need to update your toolbox based on your sewing needs. Also, make sure that you have a cleaning kit to tidy up the machine itself and all the attachments and accessories as these can extend the lifespan of your sewing machine.