Frances Bell

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These are links to materials that you may wish to purchase in future:

  1. Feet
    Most of the feet used on this course are from Austin’s Sewing Machines or supplied with the machine or from the manufacturer whose prices tend to be high. I am suggesting you use Austin because I was recommended them by someone whose judgement I trust. If you intend to continue doing free motion stitching and/or walking foot stitching, you’ll need to get the appropriate foot. Here are all the sewing machine feet sold by Austin’s Before you choose a foot, you will need to know whether your machine is high or low shank. I can help you with this and you can check at Austin’s offer a message service where you give your sewing machine make/model number, and they tell you if the foot you want to buy is the right one but I haven’t used that.
  2. Quilting gloves
    You will notice in quilting videos that the sewist is often wearing quilting gloves. I have a couple of pairs that you can try out to see if using them makes a difference for you. A cheap way to start is to look in B&M garden department for a pair of lightweight garden gloves. Make sure they have the gripper spots. If you don’t use them for quilting, they can still be used for gardening. Quilting gloves are easy to find online.

3. Slider mats
These mats are not essential by any means but as I have a couple, you can try them out on this course. The mats are slippy on the top and tacky on the bottom so they allow the fabric to slide over the top, while the mat still sticks to the sewing machine base. The Super Slider has been phenomenally expensive since COVID (don’t ask me why) so I couldn’t recommend it. The second one is much cheaper .
A cheaper  alternative is the non-slip Magic Reusable Non-Stick Baking Tray Liner Sheet Please note that you need to fasten it to the sewing machine base with washi tape or masking tape. If it doesn’t work for you, you can always use it for baking so it won’t be wasted.

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