Using a Singer sewing machine when I take on a new sewing project is amazing tool to have, but having a sewing machine alone does not guarantee great results. Whether you’re an expert or novice, having the proper parts and knowing how to maintain the machine is essential to a successfully completed sewing project. Brand new machines can lack certain features and older machines will require maintenance, here’s a guide to Singer sewing machine parts to make sure you have everything you need to make the most beautiful pieces possible!
The Ultimate Guide To Singer Sewing Machine Parts
Most sewing machines come with a standard presser foot which is great for standard sewing but when I need to get creative I have to change out my presser foot for one that will benefit my project and give me a bit more control over my sewing. The SINGER Accessory Kit comes with nine presser feet and a twin needle organized neatly in a plastic case. Having this kit handy helps me quickly and easily convert my sewing machine into the needed tool for the job.
The blind hem foot is great for working with professional attire. If I need to hem a pair of slacks, tailor a suit jacket or adjust the length of a skirt, this presser foot allows me to leave a clean hidden seam. The narrow rolled hemming presser foot is great for working with delicate or light weight fabrics. Delicate fabrics fray easily, so they require a rolled hem. This presser foot aligns the fabric and results in a clean, thin, professional looking hem.
The cording foot is great for craft projects that incorporate yarn or thin braids. This presser foot feeds the cord through the machine so that I may attach it in the desired design. The overcasting foot helps when I am working with stretchy fabrics that are difficult to hem. I use this presser foot to produce a clean and smooth finished edge. Most sewing machines offer an overcasting stitch option but without the proper foot to guide your fabric, achieving a straight clean edge is nearly impossible.
The darning presser foot transforms my sewing machine into an embroidery machine for small embroidery or quilting projects. With this accessory I can add detail to a quilt without the great expense of purchasing an embroidery machine. The special purpose foot is necessary if I am looking to complete an applique project or if I am adding piping to a decorative piece. Applique work requires great attention to detail and a slow, even feeding of the fabric underneath the foot; this presser foot is also clear so that I can see my work as I feed it through the machine.
The even feed foot is required if I will be working with thick fabrics or if I am attempting to line up patterns on a fabric. This foot keeps the fabric in line and evenly fed through the machine. The straight stitch foot is good to have when I work with delicate fabrics that require a narrow but standard stitch. The flat underside of the foot helps keep even weight around the needle as the fabric is fed through, to prevent missed stitches or crumpling of the fabric. The gathering foot is my preferred tool when a project requires fabrics to be gathered. Though there are alternative ways to gather fabric, this presser foot gradually pulls together the fabric between each stitch for a quick and even gathering.
In addition to these nine presser feet the accessory kit also includes a twin needle which is a great tool to use for decorative projects that require top-stitching. I use the twin needle to produce a precise, even, double stitch.
In addition to having the right presser foot for the project, it is always important to have the right thread. Whether I am using a complementary or contrasting thread I must always match my top stitch with my bottom stitch. In order to accomplish this professional look, having extra bobbins available gives me flexibility in matching the threads without the hassle of removing or covering threads from a previous project.
In addition to having accessories that help make my projects look professional, it is also important that I maintain the sewing machine. The Singer Universal Machine Maintenance Kit includes a series of small screwdrivers that are helpful when it is time to oil the machine or replace parts.
The lint brush is a great tool for removing dust, dirt and small scraps of thread that fall into the many cracks and crevices of the sewing machine. Additionally as I work with different fabrics I find that I will also use different size needles. This kit offers an easy to use and store needle organizer and a needle threader with a magnifier.
As part of my maintenance routine, it is important to keep my sewing machine covered to help in keeping the gears and moving parts dust free. Though I will dust my machine after each use, a sitting sewing machine is like a sitting picture frame, it will collect dust and dirt. Singer Universal Hard Carrying Case is lightweight and it also makes my sewing machine portable, so that I can take it with me if I am working at a friend’s home.
Like any other machine, a sewing machine has many moving parts. It is imperative that I protect those parts against wear and rust, so having Singer Machine Oil is vital to the life of my sewing machine. A rusty gear may cause a needle to jerk, thread to break or tension to be inaccurate and it will result in a poorly finished project.
Having a sewing machine is an absolutely wonderful tool, but to these additional Singer sewing machine parts are essential to getting more flexibility, longevity and use out of my machine.