You know how much I love FREE Craftsy classes!!! They just released a new one, Machine Savvy: Tips for Creative Sewing with Linda McGehee). Sponsored by Janome, this class goes over the various specialty feet and accessories available with, or for, most modern machines. Linda also demonstrates how to actually use the feet, which is really helpful to see, especially with some of the lesser-used ones. Of course, they are showing Janome machines and all the features and benefits to their particular models.
Lessons cover tips on how to sew more accurately and how the lines on the plate can help. You learn how to do the blind hem, ideas on how to use the decorative stitches on your machine - something I think all of us with beautiful options other than a straight or zigzag stitch could get inspiration from! I got a lot of ideas!
A useful segment on making buttonholes and sewing on buttons using the machine demonstrates both features. I've already used them on my own machine and I love not sewing buttons on by hand any more! While this class is more like a trunk show for the Janome machines (and I did actually recently attend such a show so I know what they are like), it still offers a great overview of options out there on many machines and perhaps will enlighten you to what your own model has to offer. I got a few tips to try out and since the class is free to watch, and I happen to own Janome machines, it was fun for me to take.
One feature of Craftsy classes you may not be aware of is that you can watch in a speed that suits you. If you need to slow things down to absorb a particular part, you can. I personally usually watch at 1.5 speed the first time around so I can get a quick overview of the lessons and then later I slow things down when I need to pay more attention. Sometimes, if you have an instructor who speaks very slowly, you can adjust the speed of the video up a notch or two and move things along. I'm impatient and need to find out what's next as fast as possible! There is little distortion at 1.5x so it works well for me. Try it out on your next class! You can use the safe link above to directly to the free class if you'd like to add it to your My Craftsy list.