Sewing machine feet

Using the Right Presser Foot for the Job

Click to Read MoreLike any job or hobby, using the right tools makes your project go more smoothly and quickly, and usually yields a more professional finished product. Sewing is no exception, and one of the most important tools we have are the various machine feet. Sewing machine feet come in a wide array of applications. Sewing machine feet do not wear shoes. But, they do make common techniques so much easier.  Depending on the price range of your machine, you have either a basic or deluxe set of feet that came with your model. Consult your manual for helpful tips about using the feet included with your machine.
If you do certain techniques or tasks on a regular basis, you’ll probably want to purchase a special foot for that application. You can do this through your sewing machine dealer. You’ll need to know the brand and model of your machine, so your dealer can be sure to find the right foot to fit your specific machine.

Here’s our List of Favourite Feet

All Purpose Foot

Also called the Standard Foot or even the Satin Stitch Foot, this is foot that traditionally comes on your sewing machine. You can use this foot for all kinds of general sewing, just like the name implies. Use it for straight sewing, zig zag or decorative stitching.
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Zipper Foot

The Zipper Foot is used for – you guessed it – attaching zippers. But that isn’t the only use of this versatile foot. Use the Zipper Foot whenever you need a seam very close to the edge of fabric, like when creating your own cording.
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Buttonhole Foot

This foot will allow you to create buttonholes that exactly correspond to the size of the button you are using in your project. How cool is that? You just place the button in the foot, and the machine uses the foot as a gauge as it creates the buttonhole for you.
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Button Sewing Foot

The Button Sewing Foot attaches buttons (Didn’t see that one coming, did you?). This foot contains a bar on the bottom for extra stability, and it often has a rubber covering to help grip the button as it sews. You can only use it to attach flat buttons; it doesn’t work for buttons that have a shank back. And, it’s necessary to adjust the stitch to accommodate the holes your button. Use this foot once and you won’t be able to live without it.
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Gathering Foot

The Gathering Foot will create soft gathers in your fabrics. The mechanism in the foot gathers and creates a ruffle as you sew. This foot is great for curtains, or to create bands of ruffles for pillows.
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Blind Hem Foot

The Blind Hem Foot helps you create blind hems in things like drapes and curtains. The foot has a metal guide in the centre  When sewing, the fold in your fabric will rest against this guide so you can maintain an accurate seam. The foot also has grooves on the bottom, which grip your fabric to prevent slipping as you sew.
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Overedge Foot

Also called the Overcasting Foot, this is used to finish the edge of fabric so it won’t unravel, much like a serger would. (A serger is a special sewing machine that is used just for this purpose). You use this foot in combination with the Overcast Stitch on your sewing machine.
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3 thoughts on “Sewing machine feet

  1. So useful! It may sound silly, but it is nice sometimes just to hear that you are using your equipment for the right things! it is even better when you pick up something new along the way. I am now off to buy a gathering foot as I can see that saving me a LOT of time. Thanks xxx

    • I’ve got a gathering foot for my Singer and I LOVE it! One of my students got to grips with it and got one herself and hasn’t looked back. Likewise a ruffling foot is just as handy-you can make ruffles for cushion covers or dresses so quickly. Soon everything is ruffled! Would love to see photos of what you make with yours.

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