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Accessories and Notions

Choosing a good sewing machine is the first step to achieving professional quality projects.  Next is acquiring an assortment of sewing machine accessories, attachments and notions that may not have come as standard equipment with your machine but will make your sewing tasks easier.

10 Sewing Kit Must Haves

  1. Pins. Lots of pins.
  2. A pincuchion or magnet tray
  3. Good sewing shears
  4. Measuring tape
  5. Fabric markers or chalk
  6. Iron and Ironing board
  7. Good quality thread
  8. A good light
  9. Seam gauge
  10. Seam ripper
A-1 Sew Craft has a great selection of these items and more.  One of our staff members can assist you in putting together or adding to your sewing kit.

Sewing Machine Feet and Attachments

It is important to have an assortment of sewing feet for your sewing machine.  Also called pressure feet.  Most sewing machines come with a standard sewing foot that will you allow you to straight and zig-zag stitch.  You could probably do most tasks with a standard foot but by owning some of the specialty feet, it will make your job much easier.

Sewing Machine Presser Feet Essentials

*  Zipper Foot - A zipper foot allows you to sew a zipper without the presser foot applying pressure to the zipper teeth, which will not move if caught in the feed dogs. You can also use a zipper foot whenever you need a seam very close to the edge of fabric, like when creating your own cording.

*  Buttonhole Foot - This foot will allow you to create buttonholes that exactly correspond to the size of the button you are using in your project. You just place the button in the foot, and the machine uses the foot as a gauge as it creates the buttonhole for you.

*  Blind Hem Foot -  This foot helps you create blind hems in things like drapes and curtains. The foot has a metal guide in the center. When sewing, the fold in your fabric will rest against this guide so you can maintain an accurate seam. The foot also has grooves on the bottom, which grip your fabric to prevent slipping as you sew.

*  Overedge Foot - Also called the Overcasting Foot, this is used to finish the edge of fabric so it won't unravel, much like a serger would. You use this foot in combination with the Overcast Stitch on your sewing machine.

*  Walking Foot – is used to feed both pieces of material through at exactly the same rate. A walking foot can be bought as an add-on accessory and attached to your machine.  A Walking Foot is especially helpful when working with slipperier materials or when quilting.

* Quarter Inch Foot - this foot guides you into achieving a precise ¼” seam allowance.  A must have for quilters!

*  Gathering Foot -  this foot will create soft gathers in your fabrics. The mechanism in the foot gathers and creates a ruffle as you sew. This foot is great for curtains, or to create bands of ruffles for pillows.

* Open Toe or Free Motion Foot - Using this foot you can appliqué using a straight stitch or a zigzag stitch or used for free motion top stitching when quilting. It is useful for any task where you need greater visibility and control of your work than a regular presser foot can provide.

* Satin Stitch Foot - For sewing dense zigzag stitching. The bottom of the foot is beveled for smooth delivery of thread when sewing decorative or satin stitches. Foot is made of clear plastic making it easier to view stitching.

     If your sewing machine didn’t come with one these specialty feet, A-1 Sew Craft has a wide variety of sewing machine feet for many models of sewing machines.