Occasionally, the most unsuspecting things can become some of the most useful sewing machine accessories. Whether using an all purpose machine like the Janome 2212 or a dedicated quilting or other specialty model, there are great sewing machine supplies around every corner. Check out the uncommon and innovative uses for some common items that can make your sewing easier and more convenient.
- Wooden Spoon - Anyone who quilts or sews small projects like doll clothes typically has a mini iron ready all the time. The stands made for these devices do not seem to work well. An inexpensive wooden spoon makes the perfect rest for a hot mini iron without the risk of the stand collapsing.
- Book Light - One of the most important sewing machine supplies you always need is a good source of light. Most machines have their own lights; however, there are seldom the best source of light when close-up work is done. You can add additional lighting and a book light is perfect. It can be easily clipped onto the machine or table and be focused where you most need the light.
- Rubber Bands and Binder Clips - These inexpensive desk items can be equally at home serving as sewing machine accessories to make keeping things organized a little bit easier. A thick rubber band wrapped close to or on the needle/throat plate of any machine like the Janome 2212 is great for marking straight seam allowances. Strong binder clips are useful for clipping fabric together to prevent shifting and slipping.
- Large Nuts and Washers - To accurately cut fabric without making mistakes, you should lay it flat on a cutting table. A great way to prevent wrinkles or keep fabric from bunching up while it is being cut is to weigh it down with metal nuts and washers. They can be easily stored in a bin near the cutting table, then brought out and stacked to provide just the right amount of weight to keep fabric smooth.
- Pencils and Rubber Bands - Pencils are one of the most helpful sewing machine supplies you can use to mark fabric and patterns as well as make little notes here and there. When wrapped with a rubber band, two pencils bound side-by-side also make a perfect seam allowance marker for patterns that do not include this marking. They draw out two perfectly spaced lines that are just right as a seam allowance.
- Chopsticks - Chopsticks are useful for more than just Chinese food! A finished, wooden chopstick with a good point makes a great tool for straightening fabric under a presser foot, pushing out sewn corners, and can help you get bits of lint out from within the machine.
- Pedicure Toe Separators - Wound bobbins can be unruly in a box or bin, unraveling and generally making a mess as they roll around. One option you can do is purchase an expensive bobbin keeper. Another option is to purchase Styrofoam toe separators used for pedicures. They can hold multiple bobbins and prevent them from unrolling - and are available at most dollar stores!
Before you decide to do without essential sewing machine supplies or go purchase expensive sewing machine accessories, consider repurposing some other uncommon items. A well-equipped sewing room needs many things, including a few innovative items that can make your sewing on a Janome 2212 more fun!