I suddenly have an urge to get to know…and acquire…new presser feet for my sewing machine! Don’t ask me why. I’ve just become enthralled with the different kinds of feet since watching a demo on HSN. A flower stitch foot to take those lovely decorative stitches into a little wreath of stitches. A pintuck foot for those dainty little rows of fabric that feel so sweet when you brush your fingers along the top. An elastic guide foot would keep that stretchy string so straight. And, oh! a Spanish foot...how have I lived without a Spanish foot to join two edges together…I neeeeeed that foot to start my yet-to-make-me-famous fabric vase collection.
I even bought a book about presser feet, The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook, with its pretty pictures of each foot.
Now my dirty little secret: When I was younger and had my monster, hand-me-down-from-grandma Kenmore machine, it came with a boxful of strange metal feet. I didn’t appreciate it then. I didn’t play with them. I think I tried the ruffler, but couldn’t understand how to make sure my ruffles fit exactly on my other fabric…I decided it was easier to run basting stitches and pull my ruffles. Such a foolish girl…I had all those feet, but let them slip away when I gave away my old Kenmore before moving. Now, here I am looking at feet that I have to buy — and I had most of them already. What is it that they say? “Youth is wasted on the young.” And so are presser feet.