Sewing Machine Essentials

Depending on model, your machine came with a few or a lot of accessories.  Sure, all of those doodads are fun to have, but what do you really need? I’ve done a lot of sewing during my shelter-in-place. I rotated through all of my machines: Elna Carina, Singer 99, Singer 221/222, Janome 8900, Janome MOD 50, and the ElnaSTAR.  As it turns out, most of my sewing was done on the ElnaSTAR (pictured in the website header).  While I adore  my Singer Featherweights, this little Elna became my go-to machine simply because it’s equally as portable, but has the extra stitches and features that I prefer.  The bulk of my sewing involves piecing quilt blocks, machine applique and some home dec (pillows, curtains, kitchen accessories and small bags).

Here are my *essential* sewing machine accessories:

  • all purpose foot
  • zipper foot
  • 1/4″ foot
  • open toe foot
  • open toe walking foot with left and right guides
  • adjustable darning/free motion foot
  • extra spool pin/base
  • standard (zigzag) needle plate
  • straight stitch needle plate
  • screwdriver
  • lint brush
  • extra bobbins
  • extension table
  • carry case

If you will be sewing clothing or a lot of home dec, consider adding a cording/piping foot, invisible zipper foot, sliding guide foot and a teflon foot.

Janome 8900 is set up exclusively for machine quilting.
Janome MOD 50 is an excellent machine, but no straight stitch plate is currently available.