Readers, I have a thing for feet. Lately, I can't stop thinking about them. Blindhemmers, rufflers, invisible zipper feet. Oh, did you think we were talking about something else? Sewing machine feet, people. I'm obsessed!
It's possible that this might be an ailment that's rife with Bernina owners. As soon as I bought my 1008, everyone was telling me how fantastic the Bernina feet were and how I had to buy this one and that one and this one . . . Also, my 1008 comes with one traditional Bernina foot (with the shaft attached, like the one above), but the other five included feet are snap-on. Many people were insistent that I'd want to replace those snap-ons with the traditional feet. ASAP. I was dubious, I confess. I've never bought an extra presser foot for a machine, and I didn't see any reason to start now.
And then I started sewing on the Bernina. And it's true, the traditional foot feels much sturdier and convenient to use. And then I ordered an invisible zipper foot (#35, for those in the know), and now I'm hooked. I put in an invisible zipper flawlessly yesterday! And so presser foot fever has begun.
I've since started making a list of the feet I want. I spent a blissful lunch hour at my Bernina dealer (side note: isn't it funny that they're called DEALERS? Because seriously, I'm addicted to what they're selling) going through the Feetures books. The Feetures books are a kind of controlled substance in themselves: three glorious, glossy binders full of feet and step-by-step illustrated directions for each technique you can use them for. Of course, in true dealer fashion, these books are also for sale, for what I hear is an outrageous price. Are you surprised that I want them desperately?
I'm going to start by replacing the four snap-ons that came with the machine (blindstitch, overlock, zipper, and buttonhole). But then the list just keeps going: edgestitch, straight stitch, walking foot, piping, ruffler. I want a jeans foot and I've never even made jeans! But who's to say I won't start if I don't have the perfect foot?!
And these things aren't exactly cheap. I could probably spend almost as much on feet as I did on the machine! Are there any fellow foot fetishists in the house? Which ones can you ABSOLUTELY NOT live without? Are there any that are worth passing on? Do share!