For Christmas, I mentioned to my mom my desire for a few sewing-related items that I thought would be useful. She graciously obliged with some new presser foot attachments and an iron. I’m now calling them my “essential sewing supplies” – i.e.- how did I sew without them before?
First, The Walking Foot: The walking foot is incredibly amazing. If you feel ready to give up sewing knit fabric on your machine, give a walking foot a try. They are pricier than other feet, but MAN do they work!
I think I need to show you some before and afters because it’s impressive. Look at the picture below. I kid you not – both of these rows of stitches have the EXACT same settings. The only difference is the right one has the walking foot on it. Skipped stitches are practically a thing of the past!
What is a walking foot? Well, a walking foot grips the top fabric just like the sewing machine’s feed dogs grip the bottom fabric. It helps pull both fabrics along at the same rate. And though I like it especially for knits, it’s useful for many different fabrics, or for when you have a bulky stack to sew through.
Second: A High Quality Iron. I also was gifted with this incredible Rowenta iron. I actually like ironing now. This iron actually steams. It gives bursts of steam. It’s fantastic. It’s really heavy. It laughs at wrinkled linen – laughs at it, I say. I love it!
I’m not telling you this as to brag. And this post is not sponsored in any way. No, I’m telling you this because if you’re serious about sewing, these two items – a walking foot and a high quality iron – will make your sewing experience so much better! Add them to your next Christmas or birthday list!
Tell me, what are your essential sewing supplies?
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