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Sewing Machine Feet
How many feet do you have?
How many feet do you have? Or I should say, how many feet does your sewing
Once upon a time there was a sewing machine with one foot, one foot for sewing a
Now there are sewing machines with many feet and they all do a different job for
you. They certainly make life at the sewing machine more enjoyable and easier. Some of these feet
come with your machine and your manual will have the information for you on what application they
are used for.
By taking the time to try these attachments for your sewing machine, you will
find a whole new creative side to yourself, and you thought your machine was for sewing.
I'd like to take you through some of these sewing feet and what they can do.
Your machine comes with the straight stitch foot and a zig-zag foot, these tow are normally
standard. Some machines come with other feet as standard to that make or model and then there are
the extra feet you can purchase to do those wonderful sewing jobs for you. I'd like to take you
through these feet. These are the names as I know them, some of these may have different names with
different manufacturers but the stitches they will be the same.
The narrow and wide braid feet both have a hook on the front of the foot slip
and a narrow tunneled groove underneath. It is used when you want to add cording or braid. The cord
is laced through the hook and under the foot slip into the tunneled groove. There is a braid-guide
attachment you can attach near the presser foot shank to keep the braid or cord taut while
stitching, no tangles.
The buttonhole foot can be recognized by it's rectangle shaped foot with thin
extensions at either end, a raised square on top of the foot and small grooves on the bottom of the
foot. It is similar to some embroidery feet. It makes sewing buttonholes very easy.
I don't know how many of you would want to be sewing eyelets but if that is what
you want to do then this is the foot for you. It is a very specialized foot. It is a H-shaped flat
foot, has a small cylinder shape attachment to the top surface.
This one is very handy. It is a small L-shaped foot with a slot on the bottom
side. The bottom of the foot is higher at the front than the back. This causes the foot to rock
when attached to the machine. This rocking creates the gathers. You set the stitch length at a
higher setting to get more gathers and a normal setting to get less gathers. If you are gathering a
single piece of fabric, feed the fabric under the foot or use the side slot to stitch one piece of
fabric to another.
Narrow Bias Binder Foot
This foot has a coned shaped, slotted cylinder on the topside of the foot. It
folds and applies the bias binding in one step.
Open-Toe Embroidery Foot
This foot will give you a view of your work so you can see the satin or
decorative stitches between the widely spaced toes.
There are grooves underneath to allow room for the stitches.
This is a flat foot with grooves cut in underneath. This foot, used with a
double needle will pinch and stitch lines of straight stitching in narrow raised patterns. The
number of grooves will determine the spacing between the lines and the number of pattern lines. The
three groove pintuck foot is used on heavier fabric or for wider designs and the for and five
groove pintuck foot will be better on lightweight fabric or for narrower patterns.
Rolled Hemming Foot
If you want small double folded hems then this is the foot for you. Use it for
medium to lightweight fabric. The groove on the bottom of the foot is the width of the finished
hem. You will be able to sew hems with a straight stitch, zig-zag or decorative stitch. This has so
many uses, think of lingerie, ruffles, curtains, scarves, table linen, wonderful.
This is a very handy foot, the metal roller feeds the fabric and keeps it from
stretching and bunching, great for thick, heavier fabric and fabric with a nap. Often called an
even feed foot.
This is a large foot with many components and you use it to evenly space ruffles
and pleats. If you want to ruffle bigger jobs like curtains, skirts, home decor items then this
foot will help enormously.
This foot is coated in teflon and we all know teflon is non-stick so this foot
will stop those difficult fabrics like leather, suede or textured fabric. It allows the fabric to
glide under rather than being fed. You can get it as a zig-zg or a straight stitch foot.
This foot has teeth rather than a roller to feed the fabric evenly.
This has two narrow claw like prongs instead of a small hole in the middle and
is used for straight stitching close to the edge of a hem or seam
This is one of the best feet ever made for sewing machines, it looks like a
straight stitch foot cut in half and then the outside edges joined in the center.
well, that is the more common types of the sewing machine feet
Most of these would be available for most machines on the market today. If you
intend to do special sewing jobs then investing in the foot for that particular job could save you
so much time.
© CTBaird 2006 SewMoreForU
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CTBaird, Author of Sew More For U, a DIY Sewing eGuide. Get great sewing tips and techniques,