Hello, Lovelies! Well it ain't chocolates but something far more interesting indeed to us sewing ladies.
I tend to go to the local charity shops on a Saturday. As I seem to be the only vintage-loving, sewing lady "in the village" there is usually something interesting to be bagged and added to the pile
of sewing stuff I don't have time to use. Last weekend I was back home in Scotland so when I went in yesterday the lady behind the counter mentioned that she had something that hadn't sold last week but she had thought of me and if I was interested I could have it half-price. Intrigued I was handed a black box and my heart leapt.
The box itself has seen better days but when opened is lined in the most gorgeous purple velvet and contained a whole load of feet for a Singer sewing machine. Being a vintage Singer owner these feet will come in really handy - if I ever work out how to use them that is! So in no particular order here goes*:
* Just to be clear I only knew what half of these feet were for. I had to look up the others on the absolutely wonderful website of Helen Howes which is a wealth of info if ever there was one. I love the Internet.
This is an adjustable hemming foot. I don't think that anyone else made these but there are a couple of useful YouTube videos on how to use them. This is one. Seams really useful to me. Oh, I am so punny. :)
Apparently, this is an under braiding foot in which the braid is attached to the right side of the material but is sewn from the wrong side. Who knew? I think that this one will come in really handy. YouTube tutorial here.
I actually knew what this was! It is very like my modern bias binding foot. The binding needs to be quite small to go though this but it would be great for finishing raw edges before hemming and for Hong Kong finishing. YouTube here.
Knew this one too. No, it's not some sort of S&M plaything, it is a ruffler, a 5 + 1 apparently, one that pleats on all stitches or every 5th (didn't know that though). This will be very useful. You tube (for modern feet but they are very similar) here.
Haha! This is not a toy aeroplane, this is a Singer tuck marker foot. I knew this one too! I have absolutely no idea how to use it though so will be avidly watching YouTube to find out how to make tucks on things (should I ever have a burning need to).
So do you own a vintage sewing machine? Do you have a lot of feet with it? Do you ever use them, or even know what they are for? What are your favourite sewing resources?
Plus, I have a whole load more charity shop booty to share with you soon.
P.S. None of the videos are mine so a HUGE thanks to the people who share their sewing knowledge with us through websites and YouTube. This is yet another reason why the Internet is so great.