Oh, my glorious sewing machine. I recently bought a ruffler foot for my Singer 7256 Fashion Mate sewing machine, which unfortunately didn’t fit my particular machine (sent it in for an exchange though, so hoping for the best). However, I did buy me a 15 piece sewing foot set which includes a gatherer foot, also good for making gathers, which also gives me other awesome sewing feet. In addition to this, I had to buy some more white thread (since mine’s crap) & I bought some lace to make an example cravat/jabot for my Etsy shop. I’m also waiting for the ruffler foot to use for the cravat I plan to make for my Duke Venomania cosplay, & I rather use that than the gatherer foot since I really was planning to test it for this (plus I feel it makes better ruffles than the gatherer foot).
It’s from doing all this crap for my pwecious pwecious sewing machine that I realize how costly the whole endeavor has been & caused me to form the personal belief that it’s best to wait till you have ~$400+ before you buy one if you’re going from 0 to 100mph when it comes to doing sewing stuffs. In general, watch a bunch of tutorials, look up different sewing machine accessories, go to stores like Jo-Ann & look at all the accessories in the sewing section, do some general research as to what types of things are recommended for a sewing machine, & from that develop a general idea of what types of things you need and, more importantly, how much they cost. Heck, if you have friends who do a lot of sewing, definitely ask them for advice and how much it cost them to purchase all their stuff.