Some girls collect shoes. For a year or so, I have been collecting feet. Sewing machine feet, for my vintage Singer. I buy them whenever I see them.
Threads magazine had this article on vintage sewing machine feet and their uses. I popped it open and it was pretty durn good. It wasn't the be all end all, so I also searched away in my vintage Singer manuals and Talbots Complete book of Sewing.
I hadn't set up the Farmer's Wife in awhile and I just got inspired.
I started out with the "tucker".
Easy rows of even tucks. Seamed up one way and down the other.
And then tucking the tucks.
Can you say Addictive?
Then I tried the embroidery/darning foot...
I had a drop by from a friend who does real serious art quilting. She helped me understand the only problem I'm having is hand and pedal speed coordination. That takes practice. Practice sounds fine. After all, it's just thread and scraps.
Then there's the adjustable hemmer. Okay... it just hems, but it hems a Variety of Widths.
I am really loving the mechanical way these devises work. Every one works with the straight stitch. No fussy width, length or tension adjustments. Industrial Elegance. With patience and practice at speed and guidance, the foot pretty well does the work.
And finally the button holer. Okay ... What? this absolutely SHAMES my modern machine. These button holes are gorgeous by comparison. And it does it by wiggling the fabric back and forth.
Three cheers for the good old days.
More footwork in the future... With some in depth tutorials, vintage how to book pages scanned and road tested vintage feet for sale on Etsy. ( Yes, exhuberence = multiple purchases = extra feet to share with you all)
And another give away coming right up from me and DIY Couture!!