Get to Know Your Sewing Machine Feet

Standard Presser Foot

Did you know that the presser feet that came with your sewing machine are just the tip of the iceberg? Depending on your machine, you might have a dozen (or more!) specialty foot options to add to your sewing kit. Presser feet aren’t standard across machines, so be sure to purchase the correct brand and model for yours or it won’t work properly. You can find additional presser feet online, but you might want to check with the sewing machine dealers in your area, too- especially if you would prefer not to wait for the mail person.

The right presser foot can make all the difference when you’re working on a project. Although your standard presser foot can theoretically sew anything, I’ve found specialty feet help me get those little details (the ones that take it from “craft project” to “high-quality garment”) just right. Plus, it’s so easy to swap out feet while you’re sewing that there’s no real reason not to.

One of my favorite specialty presser feet is the blind hem foot. I love the look of a blind hem, especially on a dress. Although it’s possible to do a blind hem on many machines without the specialty foot, maintaining the proper distance between the needle and hem is critical to getting it just right. This foot makes it much less of a headache.

I also like the concealed (also known as invisible) zipper foot. Garments look so much better with a concealed zipper, especially if you need one on a side seam. As a bonus, I have found concealed zippers are actually easier to install than regular zippers because I can actually see the zipper teeth as I’m sewing. This takes a lot of the guesswork out of zipper installation and I’m typically more pleased with the final result.

Hemmer FootAnother favorite is the hemmer foot, which makes getting a rolled hem super easy. A rolled hem is a nice finish for lightweight fabrics like chiffon and silk, but I find them very slippery when using only the standard foot. The curl on the front of the hemmer foot rolls the fabric for you as you sew, which eliminates the need to pin and press a tiny hem and gives a much straighter result.

Don’t be afraid to play around with your specialty feet. You might find one works in a way you didn’t expect. For example, I’ve found the zipper foot works for more than just zippers. You can also use it any time you need to sew closely to something that does not fit nicely under your standard presser foot.

I have yet to explore all of the specialty feet available for my machine. I’d love to try a tape binding foot next as I have not been satisfied with my results in the past when I’ve added bias tape to projects. I’m hoping I’ll have an easier time if I use a different foot.

If you too, are interested in trying some new feet, check out Sewing Machine Feet from A to Z with Steffanie Lincecum to learn 11 of the most common sewing machine feet to save yourself time and extra effort!

And let me know, do you have a favorite presser foot? Have you picked up any tricks for using one in a different way?

And come on back to the Bluprint blog next Friday for a great hat sewing tutorial for creating a mini beret fascinator!

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