Aug 20, 2008

Sewing Machine Pressure Foot / Accessories

There are many different pressure feet that come with your machine. Many of the accessories are the same for different machine companies as far as how they work on the machine. You do have to use the foot for your model of machine. There are times when you can use different feet on different machines but sometimes it doesn't work. Basically the pressure feet styles all work the same for the different companies.

The very basic feet that comes with your machine are:

Zigzag foot comes on the machine when you buy it. You will use this foot for most of your sewing.
To change your foot either push the little button on the back of the foot or snap them on and off. They get reattached by placing the foot under the arm and lowering the lever until the foot clips on.

Zipper Foot gets you closer to the zipper where the zigzag foot keeps you far away when installing the zipper. I also use the zipper foot anytime I need to get close to the edge of the fabric (like when doing a top stitch) It's also used to stitch cording or any seam that has more bulk on one side than the other. Some zipper feet allow you to sew closer to one side or the other.

Four Step Buttonhole foot slides up and down to allow you to make a button hole the size you need. You have to mark where you're going to start and stop your buttonhole.

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One Step Buttonhole foot where the button goes in the foot so that you can make the buttonhole the size of the button. The one step buttonhole is a feature I tell people to look for when buying a machine.

Blind hem foot positions the hem for blindstitch hemming on the machine. This is a fast way to do a hem on the machine as apposed to doing it by hand, Sometimes it has a screw on it that allows you to move the guide to your fold. This stitch takes a few minutes to learn so take your time and don't get frustrated when it doesn't come out like you want.

Most machines come with these 3 feet. You can always buy more feet to make sewing your projects easier.

Walking Foot feeds top and bottom layers together so seams start and end evenly. Use it for vinyl, pile fabrics, bulky knits or other fabrics that tend to stick, slip or stretch. This foot is useful for stitching plaids.

Overedge Foot helps keep stitches at full width and prevents curling of flat edges when sewing overedge stitches. Stitches are formed over a hook on the inside edge of the foot.

Overlock foot does the same as an overedge foot. It's another way to finish your seams when you don't have an overlock/serger machine.

Piping foot lets you sew piping in fabric very easy

Ruffling Foot sews small, individually adjustable tucks. Ruffler can be set to ruffle after every sixth stitch, every twelfth stitch or after every stitch. Perfect for sewing clothing or home decorating items.

Cording foot allows you to sew cording or yarn in a fabric by using a zigzag stitch

Ditch foot lets you stitch in the ditch. It has a guide that lets you follow the right side of the seam

Gathering foot lets you gather the fabric the easy way.

Rolled hem foot folds over the edge of the fabric while the machine sews the fabric down

There are many more different kinds of pressure feet you can get to make your sewing much easier. You don't need to have all these feet, you do need the basic ones, but it sure does make thing go smooth when you do use them.

Remember when you lower your pressure foot it causes the tension to engage the top thread. So when threading your machine remember to leave your pressure foot up so the thread goes through the tension properly.

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments, make them "sew" much fun,


  1. Thanx so very much for the tit bits on pressure foots. i would love to get most of them for my sewing, but it's virtually impossible to get them here in Ghana. Anyway keep up the good work.

  2. I was trying to figure out what a foot for my machine was so someone suggested a rolled hem foot. i did a search and found your blog and yes the unidentified foot that I have is a rolled hem foot. Your blog and link helped me to figure out what I could use it for. You have a great blog! Thanks for all of the info on it and I'll be checking it frequently!