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Sewing Machine Feet from A to Z

with Steffani Lincecum
Sewing Machine Feet from A to Z
Don't get flustered when facing the feet that come with your sewing machine. Steffani Lincecum explains what they are and how they work in this free mini-class.

Designer, patternmaker and sewing instructor Steffani Lincecum teaches you how to identify and use 11 of the most common sewing feet. Start with zipper and buttonhole feet, then learn how to use blind-hem and rolled-hem feet to finish your work like a pro. Finish with a tour of popular optional feet that help you achieve perfect topstitching, gathers, couching, free-motion stitching and more. Whether you're new to sewing or a longtime sewist, you're sure to learn some tips to improve the speed and accuracy of your sewing projects by starting off with the right foot in this free mini-class. 

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0:51

Lesson 1. Welcome to Your Free Mini-Class!

  • Learn how to use your free Craftsy mini-class!

2:50

Lesson 2. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Steffani Lincecum, and get started learning about sewing machine feet.

9:21

Lesson 3. Feet for Closures

  • Most sewing machines come with a standard zipper foot. Learn how to use yours, then meet the invisible zipper foot and the buttonhole foot. They can make sewing closures quick and easy instead of daunting.

7:15

Lesson 4. Feet for Hems

  • There can be more to sewing a hem than turning up the edge and sewing straight across. If you don't want that hem stitching to show on your fashion fabric, you can use the blind hem foot instead of hand-stitching. Meanwhile, delicate fabric looks great with a rolled hem and the rolled hem foot is just the ticket.

5:47

Lesson 5. Specialty Feet

  • Are you a quilter? You might want to invest in a quarter-inch guide foot so you always have precise seam allowances in your piecing. Or maybe you like working with tricky fabrics such as leather, vinyl, suede, velvet or satin. The roller foot will keep your project moving smoothly under the needle.

11:45

Lesson 6. Feet for Fancy Stitching

  • Steffani demonstrates some fun feet that you can use in quilting or embellishing your sewing projects. The darning or free-motion foot allows you to quilt or sew in a freestyle manner, or use it to add some lace. If you want to use couching or braiding in your work, there's a foot for that. And gathering? That's a great tool to use for adding ruffles or pleats. Steffani will show you how!

"I've sewn for decades off and on and am currently getting back into it. This is a great course either for the beginner wondering what all those weird looking feet are or as a refresher for somebody who hasn't been using a lot of the feet that are with their machine. This was a great class with clear instruction and great video. I really appreciated the close-up of the foot she's working with since some of them have very unusual shapes. Great job, Steffani, you've inspired me to play with my feet. ;-) "
- eljulia

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