Sewing Machine Accessories Manual Review • Crafting a Green World


So you’re at a garage sale, because of garage sales season (and you’re not excited it’s garage sales season ?! I am!), And you’re spying on… something.

It is certainly, probably, a sewing machine accessory, but what does it do? Looks like it would fit on your home sewing machine, but you’re not quite sure. And it looks like it could do something chic and cool, but what? And does it do something that you would even use? Because you DON’T need any more unnecessary junk (you’re channeling me here, I know, but go for it).

The world needs a readable, well-illustrated and comprehensive encyclopedia of sewing machine accessories, past and present, and what they are used for and what machines they belong to, and although The Sewing Machine Accessories Manual, by Charlene Phillips, isn’t exactly that definitive book the world needs, it’s pretty good and it will help. Here’s what you need to know:

The Sewing Machine Accessories Manual is divided into several parts, some useful and some less. For example, “A Brief History of Attachments” does not offer the definitive identification guide that you old sewing machine users crave, but it is comprehensive enough to teach you how to identify, in general, this. which could work with your older machine. My vintage attachment in the photo above, for example? It’s a Greist attachment, and The Sewing Machine Accessories Manual taught me that.

Other sections, such as “What to look for in a sewing machine” and “How to set up your sewing machine,” are chapters best left to books that actually teach a person how to sew, but sections like “Determining your type of rod” is invaluable. With such information, you can take a look at any random accessory at any thrift store in the world and do a really good job of determining whether or not it will fit your machine. to sew.

There is more information in the book that is really useful for owners of older machines, but the real flesh of the book, and its real usefulness, can be found in the long, long section on Contemporary Attachments. Phillips discusses about 30 sewing machine attachments, and for each one it includes some really good close-up photos, a description of what exactly the attachment does, and step-by-step instructions, also with photos, which show exactly how to use attachment.

This is great, but also a bit dangerous, because if you sew I guarantee you will find in this book a fancy accessory that does something better that you have a hard time doing by hand, and you will want it. to buy. I sew quilts like crazy, and now I crave the adjustable ribbon sewing presser foot to stitch my binding perfectly. I’m also pretty darn sure I need a Ruffler to help sew my daughter’s tutus, a hem set for the skirts, an edge stitcher for the finish …

You got the idea. Dangerous, indeed.


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