i glue a lot of things first. use Steam-a-seam 2 (is cheap) and after finding out just how hot your iron can get and still not melt things, fold yer edge and iron a crease. then use the glue to hold it all together. works like a charm. and .. you can undo stuff if you get baffeled and make things wrong-side-out/backwards/etc. simply re-heat, and pull.
once you get what you like, THEN you sew.
you can save most sewing until the end, which be great.
steamaseam comes in 1/4 and 1/2 widths. the 1/2 is easier to work with. they both function quite nicely.
there should be no gumming up of mechanisms sewing thru cold hot glue. in fact, it stabilizes the material, so you can honk down the tension to get a tighter stitch.
no need for extra foots and sewing toys at this stage. not yet ...
later, as you get to lighter material, one may want a teflon foot for to slide sweeter.