Feet, Feet, Feet!

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Florence from flossie teacakes brings us this excellent guide to some of the more common sewing machine feet. Be sure to click through to her introduction and explore her made by florence shop! Don’t forget to comment below for this week’s Sewing Machine Month prizes.

From Florence: You may be a complete novice in the market for a new machine and all the paraphernalia that comes with it, or an old-hand who could sew her way out of a… well, somewhere difficult to get out of. But either way, we all soon come to realise that some tasks just aren’t easily surmountable without the right feet.

Attaching your feet…
The first thing to think about with feet is how easy they are to attach to your machine. On my old machine I had to use a small screw to change feet – this was time consuming and eventually led to the screw threads being worn down and the feet becoming loose.

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My current machine allows the feet to be easily snapped on and off in less than a second (pictured above), which is fantastic if, like me, you rarely stick to one foot during a sewing session.

Standard Presser Foot
This holds your fabric nicely in place with an even pressure.

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It allows you to use a straight stitch or a zigzag and is universally useful. In theory you could sew almost exclusively with this foot…but you may find it easier to achieve the finish you want if you venture a little further into the vast array of the specialist feet that have been designed for use with particular sewing tasks in mind. Despite its fabulousness the Standard Presser Foot has one fundamental problem in that it doesn’t address the issue of differential feed.

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Many of the parts of this pincushion have been assembled using a Standard Presser Foot

Walking Foot
Differential feed means that the two layers of fabric you are sewing together are fed through the machine at very slightly different rates (the fabric nearer the feed dogs moves a fraction faster) and can mean that despite your finest efforts at pinning everything in place perfectly, when you come to the end of stitching a long line of fabric one piece of material appears to have mysteriously become a centimetre or two longer than the other! This can be traumatic in any number of projects, but is most especially irksome in installing zips and aligning patchwork squares.

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But fear not, the Walking Foot is the perfect remedy to this problem, and acts to feed both pieces of material through at exactly the same rate. A walking foot can be bought as an add-on accessory to be attached to your machine and will do the job perfectly. A Walking Foot is especially helpful when working with slipperier materials.
However, an add-on walking foot can be very noisy, clunky and eventually cause irreparable wear and tear to your machine, as it did to mine – this is my old walking foot pictured above.

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Attaching the silk to this kimono was made a little less stressful by the use of a Walking Foot.

Integrated Walking Foot
There are a few machines on the market that come with an integrated walking foot and having tried both I can now attest to the utter brilliance of having one welded to the frame of your machine, if not your person!

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This system is often referred to as integrated dual feed. When it’s inbuilt it isn’t just confined to usage when you want to stitch in a straight line, it can also be kicked into action with the flick of a finger and used in combination with your zipper foot, appliqué foot, quarter inch foot and any other number of feet where you want to gain from that particular foot’s specialist features whilst not losing the ability to feed both your pieces of fabric through the machine at the same rate. The picture above shows the integrated walking foot that I have on my current machine it’s the large black bit and it easily slots into a little hole at the back of whatever foot you happen to be using. An Integrated Walking Foot is so quiet that one is not wracked with sewing guilt when machining past midnight. Again, a Walking Foot produces fantastic results when working with slipperier fabrics.

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A Walking Foot can help you to keep your fabrics in alignment.

The Quarter Inch Foot
This is the foot that I probably make most use of. It means that you never have to carefully draw seam allowance lines onto fabric again and instead you may let this foot guide you into achieving a precise ¼” seam allowance.

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You simply butt your fabric up to the metal guide attached to the foot and then sew happily away. It even has red markers on it so that you know at which point you should stop sewing when it’s time to turn a corner. I find this so utterly pleasing and know that it will be the delight of fellow neat-freaks out there who aspire for the handmade to look like it’s been made by a precision robot rather than a real person. It is perfect for sewing together patchwork squares, bag making (which is what I predominantly use it for) and many other things. Previously when designing a bag pattern I would have to make one template with a seam allowance included and another one without, so that I knew exactly where to sew. This double process is now, happily, a thing of the past. The only limitation of this foot is that any attempt to zigzag or change your needle position from central will be rewarded with a broken needle.

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I create all my bags using a Quarter Inch Foot.

Adjustable Guide Foot
The Adjustable Guide Foot acts in the same way as the ¼ inch foot, but is highly adjustable and allows you to use a variety of needle positions, and yes, you can even zigzag if that’s what’s required!

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While I use mine as a seam allowance guide, it is especially designed to help you achieve perfect top stitching. On my version, pictured above, the guide doesn’t slip around without asking, due to the super little ratchetty notches. You can use it in exactly the same way as the ¼ inch foot by butting your fabric edge up against the side.
Its limitation is that it doesn’t allow for smaller seam allowances…which means that, despite its flexibility, I use it a lot less than my Quarter Inch Foot.

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These glasses cases are made using the Variable Seam Guide
as my seams tend to be a little more than ¼” for these.

Open Toe Appliqué Foot
My Quarter Inch Foot may be most frequently used, but my Open Toe Appliqué Foot is one of my dearest possessions. It may well be inanimate, but it’s utterly lovable.

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It allows the user to create pictures with fabric and generally play like a child let loose in a classroom full of art supplies, under the dignified guise of seamstressing. What’s special about this foot is that you can see exactly where you are going, which is essential when turning tight corners around appliqué pieces. It seems to place less pressure on the fabric than a Regular Presser Foot, while holding the fabric in place to either side of your appliqué edge. Using this foot you can appliqué using a straight stitch or a zigzag stitch. It is useful for any task where you need greater visibility of your work than a Regular Presser Foot will provide.

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This is what my appliqué looks like after it’s had a meeting with the Open Toe Appliqué Foot.

Zipper Foot
The Zipper Foot allows you to sew closely alongside against anything that is too bulky to put under an actual foot, and so in effect, it is the sewing equivalent of riding a horse side-saddle.

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A zipper foot can be used not just to insert zips, but also to install cording or piping into cushions and bags. My zipper Foot can be mounted on either side so that you can sew on the left or the right. This is a foot that requires the careful use of your fingers. You must feel for the zipper teeth or cording that are sandwiched in between your outer fabric and your lining and then butt the side of the zipper foot up against the teeth or cord, hoping that you are the winner in this particular game of hide & seek. If your machine comes with a variety of needle positions then you have control over how close to the zipper teeth you wish for your stitches to be. When you reach the zip-pull you must raise the foot, pivot a little, and ease the pull back before resuming sewing again. At first the Zipper Foot can seem fiddly, but I found that an intensive week of immersing myself in projects involving zips had the eventual effect of making its use seem no more complex than reversing into a space at the supermarket.

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A zip happily installed with my Zipper Foot.

Concealed Zip Foot
A concealed zip (also: Invisible Zipper) is most often used in clothing, where to have the zip’s teeth visible would be an eyesore. Although using my standard zipper foot it would be possible to install a concealed zip, I find the Concealed Zipper Foot makes the job much easier.

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While the Standard Zipper Foot was compared to riding your horse side-saddle, this foot is more like using a lightweight steamroller (do the analogies ever end?!). It gently glides over the zip teeth catching them to one side or the other of the roller. Your stitches are formed incredibly closely to the zip’s teeth for a neat, precise finish.
It is very easy to use and tends to produce perfect results every time, due to the fact that it leaves little room for human error, the concealed zipper foot lets you see exactly where you are in relation to the zip and the foot intuitively follows the groove that it has found around the zip’s teeth.

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This dress has a concealed zip at the back…
But it’s so well concealed that I thought I’d show you the front instead!

Buttonhole Foot
The instructions for creating buttonholes on my machine are shown in the lid (shown below).

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Some of the more fancy-pants machines may have a quicker and easier one-step route to buttonhole loveliness which may be worth looking out for when buying a machine, but my machine is a workhorse and so requires me to go through five quick and easy steps. The Buttonhole Foot has an internal section that slides up and down across your fabric helping you to create your buttonhole. Proper preparation is essential to make good use of your buttonhole foot. You should always use a stabiliser beneath your fabric when creating a button hole– it will keep your buttonhole smooth and free from puckering. I tend to start by placing my button on the fabric and drawing a little line at each side to make sure my button hole is the perfect size. I then draw a vertical line between the two horizontal lines and this forms the line for the buttonhole, which can be followed with your machine. Once your machine has helped you to create your superduper button hole you will need to open it up with scissors or a seam ripper. A moment of overzealousness here, however, can result in you accidently barrelling through the end of your previously beautiful button hole. For this reason I slide a pin in horizontally just before the end stitches which acts like a safety buffer…and makes the ripping much more fun.  Buttonholes will have their own day in the sun during Sewing Machine Month in a week or two, so stay tuned for more information and tutorials.

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Buttonholing instructions.

Big Foot

 The Big Foot is used for free-motion embroidery. Using this foot, I’ve seen other people create the most amazing things that leave me feeling quite giddy… but to master it requires practice and a dedication that I, unfortunately, don’t seem to be in possession of.

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In order to do free motion embroidery or use the Big Foot it is imperative that you are able to lower the feed dogs on your machine. These are the things that usually do a super job of feeding your fabric through the machine. But for free-motion you take over in this job and without any feed dogs to boss you around, you have the freedom to twist and turn your fabric exactly as you please. The machine no longer regulates the stitch length for you and it becomes your responsibility to keep the fabric moving at an evenly-paced speed in order to maintain a consistent stitch length. You can appliqué fabric pieces with it, as well as creating beautiful quilts, where the sewer is able to produce loopy, undulating waves of stitches which can result in a look that is far cosier and more informal than the alternative of quilting in straight lines (which is what I tend to do). To use it you must either create a quilting sandwich (cotton & batting etc) or else place your fabric in a special machine embroidery hoop with a stabiliser beneath, never a single layer of material.

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This rather pitiful excuse for a bird was created on my most ‘successful’ attempt at free-motioning…

In Conclusion
I have included here the feet that I use most often, but have omitted the Overcast Foot, the Piping Foot, the Twin Welting Foot and many others that I have in my box of feet, because some seem to end up being more useful than others, depending on what type of sewing you tend to do most.

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Don’t be afraid to invent your own uses for your machine’s feet; trial and error tells you what is the easiest way for you to do something. During a particularly blurry moment I once snapped my Standard Zipper Foot onto my machine back to front and found that it awakened a whole new range of possibilities for use (at your own risk!) and have frequently used it that way ever since.

The feet discussed above are the feet that I use most regularly, but actually my machine’s manufacturer’s catalogue that I gaze upon on a regular basis tells me that my modest collection is really just the tip of a foot-filled iceberg. But, as with books or wooden toys, they never feel like a frivolous waste of money, for they have the ability to help to make anyone’s stitchery more perfect and do better justice to the beautiful stash of fabrics that passes fleetingly beneath a machine’s feet.

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638 Responses to Feet, Feet, Feet!

  1. Quanita says:

    Thanks so much for this, I have been having so much trouble trying to get perfect 1/4 inch seams with my quilters foot for my machine, and I don’t have an edge to use to butt my fabric against! I think if I had a food like that one, I might, now to find one that fits my machine!

  2. Larissa says:

    That pin cushion is adorable, I wish there was a tutorial for it.

  3. Great info, I have been sewing for years and learned from this.
    Thanks Doti

  4. Liz Tius says:

    Thank you thank you thank you. I was so confused about the uses for some of my feet. I will definitely be checking back for more great info and tips from you.

  5. Debbie Bell says:

    love this article! beginner here!

  6. Viv says:

    Wow is all I can say. Your directions are the clearest I’ve seen in a long time. I had a simple question about the difference between a walking foot and an open toe foot. I feel like an expert now( although you and I know I’m not). I have an older model Jacque (JC) Penney machine and have been avoiding using the few feet I have. Now I can experiment. Thanks much

  7. virginia says:

    Thank you very much. There are so many good tips and answers here. One problem however, I cannot change the needle position to centre when using my walking foot. It is OK with the zig zag foot. Is there a trick to it? Thanks.

  8. krissa says:

    Thanks. This was really helpful, now off to the store!

  9. Rose Colman says:

    Great tutorial. A picture is worth 1000 words!

  10. scribblearts says:

    This answered a lot of questions for me. Now, to plot getting one of those machines that has an integrated walking foot!

  11. Amy says:

    I am an extreme novice at sewing..but I am extremely inspired to try out all of the different feet. Thanks for this great information! It is hard to find anything so thorough and with pictures as well. There is nothing like trying to understand a foreign language without any examples. Thanks!

  12. Carlispielman says:

    Thank you so much for this!! Such great info and now I’m ready to take on some of those feet I’ve been avoiding!

  13. Melissa says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Wonderful blog! I think that I also have a foot for elastic. Could that be true or am I imagining it?

  14. maria says:

    Thank you!.Your tutorial is very helpfull for me. I will tryto apply yours tips.

  15. Holly says:

    Thanks! This is such useful information…I’m off to get a 1/4″ foot today.

  16. Catarina says:

    thanks for such a comprehensive post on machine feet, very very useful!

  17. casey toney says:

    now that was a well articulated article that makes me want to dump out my drawer of feet and actually give them a try! well done
    thank you!

  18. I’ve really enjoyed reading your articles. You obviously know what you are talking about! Your site is so easy to navigate too, I’ve bookmarked it in my favourites 😀

  19. Tran says:

    Thank Florence for sharing. As far as I know, your sewing machine owns the IDT-System. Why do you have to use the walking foot?

  20. Leng says:

    This is a fantastic article. I am still a novice with sewing, so the thought of switching to different feet are quite daunting to me, but after reading this article, I’m going to give it a try. Thanks Florence!

  21. Charlotte says:

    I have just bookmarked this site. So much good information. Thanks!

  22. allisonm. says:

    This is so helpful for a novice like me. I know I will reference this again and again.

  23. Rachel R. says:

    Can you post pictures of how to attach the walking foot (or do you no longer have the separate one)? I have recently purchased one, but I can’t seem to get it attached to the machine.

  24. Willow says:

    What an informative article and beautiful photos. Thank you so much. Your hems (before stitching) are so fantastically orderly! I am inspired, and I now understand why my sewing projects err on the side of untidiness!

  25. Layla says:

    What a well written piece, thanks. Now I’m dying to know – what are you doing with your presserfoot backwards? I’m intrigued!

  26. Wonderful! Thank you! I can’t wait for the next installment. The detail is super helpful for a self taught sewer. Bookmarked! 🙂

  27. sonja says:

    Wow thank you so much for this info…it has been so helpful….

  28. Cynthia says:

    Thank you for this information. It opens up many new possibilities.

  29. kern says:

    I love the option of snap on feet. I hate having to get out the screwdriver.

  30. Amber Whites says:

    Love being reminded of all the uses of my machine feet. Thanks!

  31. Rachel says:

    Wow, i didn’t even know an adjustable guide foot existed! I now want to run out to the shop and buy one!

  32. Cindy says:

    Great article. I used to hate changing the feet so I’m glad my newer machine has the press-on type. I’ll have to look for that open toe foot since I’ve started doing some satin stitch appliqué, I can see how that would work well.

  33. Susan says:

    I loved your article about feet. Great analogies. I always wonder if i am getting as much use out of my feet as they were designed for.

  34. buebau says:

    This was so helpful! Thank you!
    I bought my walking foot, that I LOVE!!! but I didn’t know that there is something like the integrated walking foot!

  35. Kim K. says:

    what a wonderful and helpful tutorial! thanks!

  36. I just got a New Home 507 yesterday (after using a Toyota for the past couple years, I wanted an older machine) and it came with a variety of feet — thanks for this tutorial!

  37. Kristy Z says:

    Thank you for this tutorial on feet. I have many feet that came with my machine and I am still tring to figure out the usage for them. This opens my eyes to the all the possibilities.

  38. THANK YOU for explaining the walking foot and the integrated one to me – I have just worked on a machine with that ‘thingy’ behind the needle arm… and now I finally know what it was… and that I could have used it for something, too…. 🙂

  39. Gina says:

    Wow, thank you so much for explaining what each of the feet are used for. This is going to help me tremendously. Gina

  40. Maggie says:

    I jumped over here from Whip Up and am SO glad! I’ve had a machine for two years that I still haven’t really figured out how to work with very well and I think one of my biggest issues that I feel totally terrified by all the foot options! I am armed and dangerous now. Look out feet!

  41. Corrie says:

    Thank you so much–I really needed this explanation!

  42. Amy says:

    SO helpful! Thanks for the great resource!

  43. emily says:

    hi all… i recently bought a book called THE SEWING MACHINE ATTACHMENT HANDBOOK by CHARLENE PHILLIPS. it has opened up a whole new world of sewing possibilities for me!! It’s easy to understand and follow and has helped me make sense of all of the feet that my machine ( a singer) came with. who knew that so much of what i was doing by hand… and many pins… could be done with a simple change of the feet!!!

  44. alice says:

    Thank you for the pictures – sometimes it’s hard to attach the name of the foot to the piece when you’re looking for one!

  45. Kim says:

    This article has changed my life! Now I know what all those funny feet are in my sewing kit. I can’t wait to get home and try them out. And I don’t think I’ll dread button holes and zippers any more. Thanks so much for writing this super article.

  46. Sara says:

    That was very helpful to me! I just started sewing a couple of months ago and have always wondering about the different feet out there. Great job! I learned something new and very helpful!

  47. Mary says:

    This was so ridiculously helpful! I’m always MacGyver-ing my shabby little overcasting foot to achieve a perfect 1/4″ allowance (well, “perfect”), but I had no idea there was a foot specifically for that! Sheesh!

  48. Karen says:

    Oh my goodness, thank you for this. I’ve always known that there was a world of possibilities in my collection of presser feet, and now you’ve opened the door to it. Thank you thank you thank you!

  49. Jolynn says:

    I need to be more adventurous with my feet!

  50. This is fantastic and so helpful. I’ve been sewing for ages but still often wonder what to use all the fancy feet for. Cheers

  51. Casey says:

    It is my dream to one day have a walking foot. I hear that helps with sewing on stretchy fabrics, which are my fave!

  52. KyLydia says:

    This was an excellent post. I inherited my machine with lots of different feet and some are baffling to me. I need one of those invisible zipper feet!

  53. Alexandra says:

    Wow, thank you so much for this, it was truely instructionnal. English isn’t my mother language and I’ve been wondering for ages what a walking foot could possibly be… Thank you

  54. Natalia says:

    Thank you for the post!

  55. Beth Berman says:

    I can’t tell you how clear, interesting and useful that tut was. I look forward to sewing machine month. I taught myself to sew by following a pattern at age 11. It was a failure but started me on a lifetime of sewing. I am now 60 years old and am into art quilts. That’s for you pleasingly written instructions.

  56. ginny says:

    Hi Florence,
    this is a fantastic guide! and i love your analogies… side saddle being my favourite… this must have taken a fair while to put together … well done you!
    lots of love

  57. sewbloom says:

    Smooth tutorial, glad to see someone moving beyond”make do sewing.”

  58. Aleisha says:

    Thank you for describing each of these feet for us. I have just recently realized how much easier life would be if I would use different feet. I think it’s time to start the collection. Thanks!

  59. Laura Bucci says:

    The integrated walking foot info was really useful, I had just started looking at walking feet. Thanks!

  60. Julie P says:

    Very useful information. I’m always wondering what all my extra feet are for and whether I can use one foot for several different purposes. You’ve given me some things to think about and now I want to go try them all out! Thanks!

  61. Ammie says:

    I’m certainly going to refer to this again. I seem to have particular trouble with my button hole foot, although I think I enjoy my free motion foot only because my expectations are, well, not exactly stellar. Thanks for the information. I am getting excited to practice, practice, practice!

  62. Katie says:

    I am not new to sewing but this information was really great. It seems that I have been making some things harder on my self then necessary!! I am going down stairs to my sewing room right now and look at the feet that came with my machine. I will have to get myself one or two of the feet mentioned above!!

  63. Karen says:

    very helpful! Thank you!

  64. LadySnow says:

    I have always wanted a walking foot for my machine…but never have had the money. 🙂

  65. Liz D says:

    It looks like I have some shopping to do. Thanks! =D

  66. Josephine says:

    This article was very informative. I’ve never taken sewing lessons (strictly self taught so far) and have only recently discovered the wonders of using special feet for sewing. In my earlier days I never knew there was such thing as an invisible zipper foot – what a difference it made in helping me make cushion covers! I’ve definitely gained more confidence in my sewing abilities thanks to the proper tools (and recently my new Janome)

  67. This is a whole new world to me – I think the only other foot that I have used is the buttonhole one. I have some feet that came with the machine, but the manual is so badly drawn I’m not too sure what they are. Still, you’ve given me the motivation to start searching around the internet for answers. Thank you

  68. Wendy says:

    Fantastic article — bookmarked!

  69. Jessica says:

    This is such a great post! I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I’ve been sewing with my machine for over two years now and have yet to make use of most of the extra feet it came with. This post has made me want to start playing with them, though, now that I know what they all do!

  70. Pam says:

    Great post on sewing machine feet. I would love to hear about the piping foot sometime. I tend to make my own a lot and would love any tips to make it nicer.

    thanks for the info.

  71. Liligo says:

    There is such a thing as serendipity, my sewing machine is on the blink (again), I am considering buying a new one, but have no idea where to start, and then I come across this ! whoo-hoo!

  72. Trudie says:

    Wow! This was great! I’ve been sewing for probably 20+ years and have not ventured out much in using feet. I’ve only known about the walking foot (which I LOVE) for maybe a year or two! This was very helpful because I can’t find my machine’s manual and didn’t know what some of my feet were for! Thank you!

  73. Heather McG says:

    Wow!! Fantastic info on all the feet for your sewing machine

  74. Niki Marusich says:

    Thank you so much for this article! There are so many feet and so little time to figure out what they all do 🙂 I am really looking forward to a month of articles like this… and I definately think a beginners guide to sewing would help quite a few of us!

  75. Tanya Barrett says:

    great article, so helpful for those of us that are learning on our own!

  76. Radha says:

    Thank you for the detailed tutorial!!!


  77. Christen says:

    That was a great overview! I’ve always wondered what each of those feet in my case were and what I might use them for.

  78. Tehila says:

    Thanks for the info!! I find it very helpful.

  79. Brier Minor says:

    So this couldn’t have come at a better time for me–I am just dreaming of all the sewing I can do but have yet to purchase a machine–I am in the research phase of my dreaming. I was just thinking about what kinds of feet I would need and what certain ones do–and volia! There was your post, telling me all about it! Thanks! Now if only you could teach me how to sew…

  80. Shiloah says:

    This is so incredibly helpful. I have a couple of feet that I have never known how to use, and now I do! Invisible zipper, I am coming for you!!

  81. lilgamoma says:

    This is a great post. I’ve just found your blog today & really enjoyed looking around.

  82. Misty.Creek says:

    What a great description of my feet! Now I know what some of those odd-looking ones are.

  83. meg says:

    this was super helpful! I wonder if I have a big foot….

  84. Amanda says:

    Thank you so much for this information. As a new sewer it is so helpful. I truly enjoy your blog.

  85. Steph VW says:

    Oh wow – thank you so much for this post. It’s really helpful for me. I’ve got my mom’s old Singer and while I know what some of the feet are for, this will help me sort out the rest of them!

  86. Diana Summers says:

    Great information! I bought a walking foot several years ago and finally tried it. I loved it so much I thought I would leave it on. Now I know the dangers of that. Although it could be a good thing if it means I kill the inexpensive old machine and get to buy a newer, better one!

  87. andrea says:

    Wow, what a neat introduction to all the feet possibilites.
    I just bought a walking foot/free motion embroidery/and 1/4 inch foot for my machine and I’m loving it so far.Can’t live without the walking foot.

  88. Yvonne says:

    Thanks for this amazing and very informative post.

  89. Linda says:

    More feet than a centipede! I had no idea that there were so many feet available for sewing machines. I “inherited” my machine and it came with no accessories. I have some shopping to do! Some of these feet would make my life a whole lot easier! Thanks for the great information.

  90. Ashley says:

    Thanks for all the helpful info. 🙂

  91. Nada says:

    this clears up SO much

  92. Toni says:

    Wow! Thanks for such great info. =) I’m now a little embarrassed to say that I had no idea there are so many different feet! I definitely learned alot from this article.

  93. marisa says:

    Great information. Thank you.

  94. Joan says:


    I LUV the first picture ‘feet in shoes’….very CREATIVE!

  95. Joan says:

    Here we go again!!! I am thrilled with all the SUPER info you gals are providing to all of us!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I just bookmarked this! Excellent info!

  96. Thanks so much! This was so helpful!

  97. Sidney says:

    Very informative! I learned a lot of tricks that I was not aware of. Thanks!!

  98. I loved seeing your finished projects as much as learning about the feet – and I like that a lot! thanks

  99. Emily says:

    Thank you so much! This is such helpful information. I’m trying to decide which feet to add to my collection and your opinion is great.

  100. Lorajean says:

    Wow, I can’t believe how much info was crammed into this post! I learned so much! Thanks for all the new skills, I’ll be book marking this post fo-sho

  101. Cindy H says:

    I just bought a quarter inch foot today for my Pfaff and can’t wait to try it out! I’ve heard others rave about using it and don’t know why it took me so long to get one.

  102. Lacy Myers says:

    What great information! I’m ashamed to say I often use just my regular pressure foot, and avoid zips at all cost 🙂 I’m also partial to adding snaps instead of buttons, because I can’t figure out how to use the 1-step button hole feature on my machine! 🙂 🙂 🙂 You’ve given me hope!

  103. Megan says:

    This is crazy helpful! Thank you so much!

  104. Desiree says:

    Thank you for all the different info – its nice to learn about all the different things they can do.

  105. Leah says:

    And I mean funny in a good way!! (hope that came across the right way.) I mean you made me smile!

  106. Leah says:

    this was a HUGE help– thank you so much! Glad to get to know you Florence– your writing is funny.

  107. wow, this is very helpful!! thanks a bunch for the info 🙂

  108. Michelle Warkentin says:

    This was so helpful. Thank you for taking the time to write this all down. You took such great photos!

  109. Andrea says:

    I have a walking foot as well which I think I’d love, except the metal guide bar is actually off somewhat and makes my 1/4″ seams slightly larger. So even if it says 1/4″ foot, do a little test a few times to figure out if it is accurate! I can’t rely on that metal guide, but I use the edge of the foot instead.

  110. Karen H says:

    That is one of the best posts on machine feet I’ve seen!

    I also love my pintuck foot to make piping. 🙂

  111. arlene says:

    thank you so much for this post. i am a new sewer with a simple hello kitty sewing machine. i would love to upgrade someday, but this entry on feet has expanded what i can do with my current machine….again, thanks!

  112. Kim D. says:

    This is a great reference..

  113. Tonya says:

    This has been the most useful thing I have read all month. Thank you!!

  114. Mollie says:

    Thank you so much for the information! The little flower pincushion is so, so, so very cute!

  115. Heather L says:

    Thank you for your article! Have you ever worked with an adjustable zipper foot? Following the Islander Sewing methods, I can use this amazing foot to set all types of zippers, even invisible! I was so apprehensive and sceptical when I first tried, but it worked, flawlessly!

  116. Amanda says:

    This was so very helpful to me (me being such a newbie, and all.) I love the honesty in it too! It makes me hopeful. =)

  117. Cecily says:

    Now I know how to use those feet in the back of my box that have never seen the light of day. Maybe I can figure out some things to do with them. Thanks for a great tutorial.

  118. Kimberly Fennie says:

    Wonderful information! (I’m very visual…the photos are a great help!) Thanks!

  119. Jamie says:

    Really great post – I always find myself making do with my small assortment of feet…..Can’t wait to read the upcoming buttonhole info!

  120. Anne says:

    Thanks for the great overview about feet.

  121. Liz says:

    this is excellent–i have only within the last year discovered the zipper foot…through no fault of my own, i might add; i believe directions on some pattern or the other said “FIND YOUR ZIPPER FOOT: IT’S THERE SOMEWHERE!” and so it was. i hope to make use of many other feet!

  122. Debbie says:

    Thanks for all the good advice….

  123. ney ney says:

    So that is what a walking foot looks like! I hope there will be a zipper tutorial this month. I have trouble with my zipper foot. I’ve not mastered how to turn at the bottom. The zipper gets in the way. My favorite foot is clear. It’s the statin stitch foot but I use it for everything (except zippers).

  124. Thanks for this helpful tutorial. I got a new sewing machine at Easter (nothing too fancy, a Brother with some embroidery stitches.) It came with a bag of feet I knew nothing about. Now I am planning to get some of them out and see what I can do with them.

  125. Carol says:

    I guess you can add me to your fan club! Excellent tutorial!!! I just discovered feet other than the regular presser foot in the past couple years since my mom recently got a new Bernina. The integrated walking foot and the adjustable guide foot were new to me. I do really like the edgestitch foot we have – it’s useful for sewing corner to corner following a line while doing patchwork.

  126. Lauren says:

    Wow thanks for all the info! It is so helpful! I knew there were different kinds of presser feet… but not this many! I do a lot of applique work so I will look for the presser foot specifically for that! Thanks again!!!

  127. Ingrid says:

    Well, that solves a mystery or two! Many thanks.

  128. Bethany says:

    That was very useful. Thanks for showing up all the ‘tricks,’ but I believe that you are right…trial and error. I have been there and done that and now I can say that I know my feet better!!!

  129. Ashley says:

    great info! and now you have me dreaming of additional feet to buy for my machine!

  130. Jen J says:

    Great tutorial – I have been wondering about walking feet – I have a couple inherited from my grandmother, wasn’t sure what to do with them.

  131. Lori says:

    Thank you for answering a nagging question I didn’t even know to ask.

  132. jenn says:

    This was a very good read! I really enjoyed this post and I love all of the helpful information. I really enjoyed reading your blog as well!

  133. Brenda says:

    The store that I bought my machine at offered a class every couple of months to any one that bought a Bernina.This class was very helpful .

  134. Erin says:

    Oh, man. Do I need a new machine! I didn’t even know nor had I ever heard of most of these feet! On my OLD Singer all I usually swap out is the zipper foot and the regular one. Sheesh…I’m missing out on sooo much! Thanks!

  135. Ali says:

    Thanks so much, I wasn’t quite sure what some of the feet that came with my manual-less hand-me-down machine were for!

  136. Karen says:

    Very helpful. I really need to stop the frustration and get a walking foot already.

  137. Kim says:

    This was so helpful

  138. Melissa says:

    I just added this to my bookmarks. What a great bunch of information. I’m determined to use my feet now!

  139. Aimee says:

    Great information – thank you so much for putting it together. I will bookmark this for future reference – it is better than my machine’s manual!

  140. Paul says:

    Wow! That’s alot of feet!

  141. Rebecca says:

    This post came at a perfect time for me! I am trying to do my first quilt and I was trying to figure out what feet I need for free motion quilting and what I need for just straight line quilting. This is perfect and answered a lot of my questions- Thank you!

  142. Megan Kinyon says:

    Wow thanks for all the information! I have only usedthe regular foot but I need one I can use for free motion quilting and one that is easy for zippers so I will be looking into more feet soon!

  143. Stacy says:

    Thank you so much for this information! I have been sewing for 20 years and still do not know about the different feet . I just use my standard foot, zipper foot, and button hole foot. I did buy a binding foot a year and a half ago, but still have yet to gather up the courage to try it! Maybe a tute for that would help others too? I am assuming that foot would be a very helpful and common one to use in bag and blanket making.

  144. esther says:

    any chance ruffler feet and binding feet will get a chance in the spot light? maybe a guide to buying feet?

  145. LauraC says:

    I am new to sewing and had no idea there were so many options for feet!

  146. Katie says:

    Just when I think I know something about sewing, I realize I don’t! This was so great, I learned a lot – and now know that I need more feet!1

  147. Aurore says:

    I am a new sewer with a machine I am a little afraid of…I am hoping this month of posts will give me some courage!


  148. Deborah S. says:

    Amazing tutorial. You just inspired me to finally try all of the feet that came with my machine! What was I waiting for? Thank you!

  149. shannon says:

    very informative, thank you!

  150. Kim says:

    This post was very helpful. I never know what foot to use.

  151. Damaris says:

    I got a Singer sewing machine with so many feet that I don’t know what half of them are. This was so great! Thanks!

  152. Madrona Tree says:

    Great post! I love learning about what new feet can do. Florence writes with style and good humor!

  153. Elizabeth says:

    Great information! I bought my first ever sewing machine 2 years ago and it came with a bunch of different feet and yet the manual never mentioned what they were and how to use them. I guess they figure most people buying sewing machines know how to sew 🙂

  154. Leah says:

    wow – thank you so much! i love my 1/4 foot but i never realized what the red marks are for. this is going to make things so much easier.

  155. Shauna says:

    Thanks for the information. Since I didn’t read the instruction manual that came with my machine, I always wondered what that one foot was for.

  156. Meaghan says:

    This is such great information. Now I need to go feet shopping 🙂

  157. Erin says:

    What a great post! I look forward to trying out some of my feet soon! Thanks!

  158. Robin says:

    This is such a great reference and learning tool. Thanks!

  159. Heather says:

    Thank you for this super informative post. As a newbie to the world of sewing this post is just the kind of thing I need to amp up on my sewing machine knowledge!

  160. Leslie says:

    thank nyo so much for all that information…it has made me want to run right out and get a few new feet for my machine so i can try new things and improve what i am already doing.

  161. sarah says:

    This is my first time commenting at this blog! Wow! This post has thoroughly enlightened me! I have never ventured beyond the standard foot with which my machine came. Thank you!

  162. Sandy says:

    Great information on the different feet that are available. I’ve only started using a walking foot and it does make all the difference when sewing quilts. I also have a darning foot that I need to figure out.

  163. Lisa says:

    Most helpful! Also reminded me to not be so lazy in selecting the proper foot for a task, and explore new techniques. Thanks!

  164. felicia says:

    I wish I had an idiot proff guide like this when I first started sewing. I still am a little unsure of my zipper foot. I did just recieve a ruffler and think next to my button holer it is the best thing since sliced bread!

  165. Cathy says:

    Thanks for the info. I really have not tried my machine’s other attachments because I did not know what it was for.

  166. Concha says:

    What a fantastic, well-written, comprehensive guide!

    Thank you so much!

  167. Renee E says:

    Very helpful! I Love the pictures to explain and the examples of what you create using each foot is perfect. Thanks for the info!

  168. Becky Aguiar says:

    lovely info! I am intimidated with all the feet I have, but you’ve given me some really great insight!

  169. Jenn Siva says:

    This was so incredibly helpful. A a self taught novice sewer, I cant thank you enough.

  170. Kathy says:

    I need to print out this post and start playing with my sewing machine feet a bit. I have a tendency to stick to the ones I know without using anything else.

  171. Stacie says:

    That was so great!! I have a bunch of “feet” that came with my machine =, but have always been too intimidated to try them out. Usually I have worked so hard I’m afraid of messing whatever I’m making up so I just stick with what I know. I love the Open Toe Applique foot and I didn’t even know there was a 1/4 foot. What a huge difference that would make!!! Thank you so much for a super helpful post!

  172. Curry says:

    I have a very nice metal invisible zipper foot for my Janome, but I’ve never come across the one featured in this post before! Very informative post – thanks.

  173. Kathryn says:

    great post!! i’ve finally be convinced to get an invisible zipper foot!

  174. jilian dee says:

    This is great! thanks so much! I’ve had my sewing machine for about five years now but just recently started using it on more of a designing bases. My machine came with extra peddles but I couldn’t tell you what ones they are or what I should use them for. This answered so many questions! thanks again!

  175. Annie says:

    Thanks, this was really helpful! I want a 1/4 guide foot now 🙂

  176. Robyn Kirk says:

    I agree with your comments on the open toe applique foot. I just love it but I am so sorry I hadn’t any idea you could purchase a special foot for invisable zips. No wonder mine always look so amateur.lol

    Robyn (NZ)

  177. Kristi Ryder says:

    This article was SOOOOO insightful and helpful! Thank you for your wonderful insight!

  178. Kris says:

    Oh Man! I need to study this and plan a trip to the sewing machine store! I need a 1/4″ foot for making doll clothes – I know I’m always over the 1/4″ and then the clothes are tight!

  179. georgia says:

    Holy cow, my next machine MUST have an integrated walking foot!! This was an awesome post and must have taken a lot of time–thanks!

  180. Kim Beladi says:

    The information on the feet was a wealth of information. I jumped into sewing and did not learn many of the fundimentals of sewing. I will refer back to this often in my crafting.

  181. Ann Hudson says:

    Thank you for all the cool info! Shows what I’ve been missing by not trying all the feet my machine has. Best, Ann

  182. Tina Mackey says:

    This was a lot of help, thanks! I have a few other feet in my collection that I’ve always wondered about too. My favorite food has to be my automatic buttonhole foot. Once I make a buttonhole, it’s size has been recorded and every other buttonhole will be the exact size of the first one with just the touch of a button. How cool is that??

  183. julia says:

    Wonderful stuff! I have a new respect for the feet that came with my sewing machine. Now to see what they can REALLY do for ME!! Thank you!

  184. Michele C says:

    What a beautiful post! Flossie sure had learned a lot since getting her new machine. It makes me want to go get all my feet out and do some new machine dancing.

  185. Virginia Rosenthal says:

    Great info! Thanks!

  186. Virginia Rosenthal says:

    Great info! Thanks a bunch!

  187. Mary Ellen Peterson says:

    I’ve always stayed away from “silkies”, never ever ever thought of using a walking foot. Thanks for that great tip! And the great tutorial. And I visited your blog, also very informative.

  188. Jenni says:

    Oh, many thanks from a complete novice for this feet-forward tutorial. I think I’ll ask for that 1/4-inch foot for my birthday!

  189. Marlene says:

    Thanks for the info, I like that Concealed Zip Foot

  190. Bethany says:

    SOme of those types of feet I had never even heard of before. Thanks for the great information.

  191. Kitten says:

    Great packet of information. I had no idea some of these feet existed, and I’m going to buy some of them, hopefully.

  192. kima says:

    Thank you for this, I have always wondered what all of those feet were used for.

  193. Natalie Hawley says:

    Loved this about the feet. I am never sure what is the best to use for each project.

  194. Melody says:

    The right foot really can make all the difference in the world! I went from not being able to sew knits at all with my machine to mastering them in about 10 minutes once i got a teflon foot!

  195. Malisha says:

    amazing!! thanks!!1 I have loads of feet for my sewing machine but had no idea of how to use them!!!
    thanks a lot!!

  196. Karen says:

    I can’t wait for the buttonhole tutorial! Mine has been driving me nuts, so for most things, for now, I use snaps. But I want buttons!

  197. Katie says:

    Thank you for the thorough review of alternate feet. I learned a lot!

  198. Jen says:

    This was great… thanks!

  199. Virginia says:

    Thanks for such a great overview of feet. i am always wondering what is what.

  200. laura says:

    Thanks! I’ve always been scared of my feet, but I am going to give a chance to those feet that have never been used.

  201. tara boos says:

    What a great walk through some incredible sewing feet! I myself can not live without my bernina walking foot. Wonderful inventive accessories!

  202. Holly says:

    thanks for the info! Very helpful!

  203. Rochelle says:

    Such helpful info and great pics!!

  204. Leslie says:

    Great information thank you! I’ve added a few “feet” to my list of must haves!

  205. ephi says:

    Thanks for the post. Very useful information especially for someone like me starting to sew again. I’ve only used a standard presser foot! I just got a walking foot and have not tried it…

  206. Lacey Hulbert says:

    I had no idea about all the different uses of the feet that came with my sewing machine. Now I will be adventurous and use the feet I have instead of the standard pressure foot. Thank you so much for the information!

  207. Bonnie says:

    I need to purchase a walking foot or an intergrated walking foot. Gotta call about that one. I enjoyed your post Florence and you make some wonderful items.
    Thanks and Keep Stitchen’

  208. Tracy E says:

    OMG THANK YOU for this! So helpful!

  209. Sarah N says:

    Great info!! Thanks!

  210. azteclady says:

    I am a beginner, so I haven’t used many of the different feet available–and some are really so specific that they only come out for very few projects.

    Every time I come here (to Sew Mama Sew) I get all fired up to do more and better. Now I only need a few more hours in the day…

  211. carmel says:

    this is very important information! thanks alot! im going to save this post in my favorites!
    thank alot!

  212. Cira says:

    This is so helpful! Thank you so much!

  213. Amber says:

    What a wonderful tutorial…just what I was needing. Thank you so much 😉

  214. Beth Ferenc says:

    Wow this was very informative. I can’t wait for all the other things throughout the month! Thank you so much.

  215. Hannah says:

    O.K., so I totally just got the photo at the top…. The “feet” are wearing shoes! Ha ha!

  216. Hannah says:

    Thanks so much. This is not information I would sit down and read in a book, but it is nevertheless good information. Thanks for the clear, concise guide!

  217. AmyLi says:

    Thank you for the information, this is very helpful.

  218. teal says:

    wow – so many feet!

    extra fascinating is that my sewing machine came with a number of different feet, and only two of them are discussed here.

  219. Leigh says:

    WOW!!!! This is fabulous info – I learned a lot, even though I use most of these feet! Now, if someone could just tell me how to feed the fabric through an 1/8′ seam-sewer foot thingy, I’d be all set.

  220. Lauren says:

    What a helpful tutorial! Especially the zipper foot!

  221. kristen says:

    What a helpful post! Thank you!

  222. Jenna H. says:

    Thanks for the information. I’m a newbie and didn’t even know some of those feet existed. Time to go shopping!

  223. Sarah S says:

    Thanks for the many examples for how to use the feet…very helpful.

  224. very informative, thank you!

  225. Margie says:

    Wow Its so nice to know about all these feet in one place! Thanks for all the tips & how tos!!

  226. Julie GM says:

    THIS is exactly the motivation that I needed! I have a sew-to-do-list a mile long! I was putting it off each day! I know I need to make these things but all of it is so overwhelming! I have made a few things from aprons to tops for my girls but w/this info I can RUN!!

    Thx so VERY MUCH!!!

  227. jackie says:

    great info! i would love to know where to find out more about the Integrated Walking Foot and how to have it installed onto a machine.

  228. just lovely says:

    So helpful! Great pics!

  229. Emily says:

    It looks like there are a lot more feet I should buy!

  230. sarah says:

    I might need to get a 1/4 inch foot. Seems much more reliable that lining up with the edge of my presser foot.

  231. Jenie says:

    Thank you so much for doing this post. I honestly had no idea what a big difference using different feet could make.

  232. Rhyah says:

    Thank you so much for such an informative post! Your work is stunning!

  233. Amelia says:

    Oh, I learned so much from this! Not just about which feet to use and what the mystery feet are that came with my hand-me-down machine. I’m very excited to learn more about button holes as that’s something that I’m afraid to try, even though everyone claims it’s straightforward.

  234. Gail says:

    This was informative. I have a Pfaff and use all the feet for all those various sewing tasks. In particular, I love the integrated walking foot. One foot that I got recentlyfor the Pfaff, and I love it, is the bi-level foot. I use it to put bindings on flawlessly.

  235. Deni says:

    Thanks a lot!

  236. Ruth says:

    I have a few presser feet that I have not yet used. You inspire me to start experimenting….

  237. Jacey says:

    You have just saved me a bunch of time researching! I said it in my last comment, but I have to say it again — fabulous idea for a blog!!! Cheers!

  238. Gweneth Branch-Rice says:

    It’s great just to see all of the options for feet that are available. The walking foot is now what I want. Gweneth

  239. Mitzi says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I really needed that. I will reference back to it many times I’m sure.

  240. Emily says:

    Great information– so useful for someone like me who just dug their sewing machine out of the closet for the first time in a couple years!

  241. Jennifer Orie says:

    Thanks for the enlightening tutorial. I am inspired to try out some other feet besides the standard zigzag foot that came with my machine. I’m new at this and really appreciate all the information! Thanks!!!


  242. Meghan says:

    I think I’m going to have to print this out for reference. Thanks!!

  243. Jessica Fuester says:

    What a wonderful post! I have a box full of feet that never seemed to be used because I didn’t know what to do with them! Now, if you’ll excuse me…I’m off to experiment with some feet!!

  244. Diana says:

    This is so helpful! thank you so much for writing and illustrating this

  245. robyn says:

    Aha! Now some of those funky feet seem to be more useful on first glance and now I’m inspired to figure out what the rest of them can do!

  246. Bobbie says:

    Great information! It’s a good reminder that there are feet attachments that are ment to make the sewing job easier. I need to remember that … and use them more,

  247. Ananda says:

    Wow, there are some amazing feet that I didn’t even know existed. Great info. Thanks

  248. Adrienne says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have only been using the standard presser foot because I didn’t know what kind of foot to use on what projects. This helps me so much. I want to run out and buy me some new feet now.

  249. AllieK says:

    great informative post.. Thanks!!

  250. Sarah says:

    This article was so helpful! I am new to sewing and I have no idea which ones to use on which projects.

  251. Vickie says:

    I read every word~~very informative and a great resource. We’ve come to expect nothing less from Sew, Mama, Sew! thanks!

  252. Samantha says:

    So very helpful! Thanks!

  253. Natalie says:

    Wow a great tutorial! I am keeping it handy for sure!!! Thanks!!!

  254. This is excellent! No more Googling when I need to remember which foot to use. This is bookmarked, and Stumbled. Thank you so much for the great guide.

  255. Tricia L. says:

    Great info! I recently picked up a walking foot and free motion foot for my old kenmore. I have one of those buttonhole feet too. Now I know what it is, so I might use it more often! Thanks!

  256. beverly says:

    Thank you Thank you!

  257. La Yen says:

    Thanks!! I use my overcast and my straight seam the most, but this makes me want to try something new…

  258. Meg says:

    What a delightful, helpful read! Thank you so much!

    Now if someone could show me how to get my rolled hem foot to work consistently I think I’ll be set!

  259. susan says:

    Very helpful information!!!
    I found out the solution to a problem I was having with my zipper foot. Now it works like a dream!! It’s funny how one little snippet of info can make a task so much easier.
    Keep the knowledge coming!!

  260. Kati says:

    This was a fabulous post. I have a Pfaff as well so this is a one-to-one match up for me. It’s a great refresher. I forget which feet do what and don’t usually take the time to stop into the dealer/store.

  261. Wow that post was great! Thank you! I have been needing to know what foot does what for a while now!

  262. Erin says:

    Great information! Thanks so much.

  263. Fran says:

    This tutorial was extensive. Great post!

  264. Elizabeth says:


  265. Megan says:

    Thanks for the great explanations!

  266. Faye says:

    Wow, thank you for that — I have all these feet for my machine and hadn’t yet figured out what they were for. This has been a very helpful post.

  267. Stephanie Wehrman says:

    I am definately going to bookmark this page for when I get a machine that will actually have those capabilities. Your creations are amazing!!! Thanks so much for the details!

  268. Caitlin says:

    I really need to get a walking foot.

  269. Sharon Gollman says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! I am going to print this and put it in my sewing machine manual!

  270. Lindsey says:

    thank you for de-mystifying the machine feet for me!!!

    and your bird is not pitiful 🙂

  271. Kara says:

    Thanks for the info. I generally stick to projects taht I can complete with just a standard foot because I have no idea how to use other ones or what they’re for. THis info is very helpful.

  272. Angela says:

    This is very informational! Thanks for all the explanations!

  273. Shelley C says:

    This was such a helpful post! I use all the basic feet, but learned something after all these years. I didn’t know to use the walking foot on slippery fabrics…I thought it was made solely for quilting layers together to reduse puckers on the back. I didn’t know the built in walking foot can be used with different feet…will have to check my model to see if it works on mine. I always wondered how to know I was exactly a 1/4 inch from the edge for turning a corner and your foot provides that…I need to look closely at mine to see if it has that marking as well. Very cool!

  274. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for posting this info, just wish you could come right over and show me everything the instruction manual to my machine jsut happened to have left out!

  275. Christi says:

    As said before, thank you so much for this post. I would love to see more about how to use other feet in the future too. Meanwhile, I’m very curious what the 5th step of the button hole on your machine does. Mine only has 4 steps (the first four of yours) and I’m wondering if there is a fifth step that would make my buttons holes better.

    Now I will dream about all of these wonderful feet and what I could do with them!

  276. Serena says:

    This is AWESOME! My GMIL gave me a vintage machine and a large metal box containing many, many scary looking implements (a.k.a. feet). I’m heading up to play with them now! Thanks!

  277. Java Jane says:

    Terrific information!

    I bought a Viking sewing machine last fall and am thus being introduced to the world of alternate feet beyond the basic and the zipper foot. This tutorial has inspired me to try some new things beyond the prescribed in my manual.

    By the way, my teflon foot has been a wonder! I made quilted luggage tags for Christmas and was able to position the plastic window without slippage.


  278. Jacqui says:

    Thanks for the info. What a great article and your sewing is beautiful.

  279. Heidi says:

    I love the information on the presser feet. I’d love to get a walking foot, but even more I’d love a machine that has a integrated foot.

  280. Sara G says:

    Fantastic explanations! Now I know what a couple of those feet are that are rattling around my sewing box! Thanks!

  281. katrina says:

    this post was AMAZING! i’m going to get my box ‘o intimidating feet when i get home and figure out what i’ve got (and what i’m going to need!) since some of these feet look like they will be indespensible. 😀 thanks!

  282. MegVS says:

    Very helpful article! Thanks!

  283. Ann Sterling says:

    Absolutely fantastic tutorial! Thanks heaps.
    I really gor a lot out of it and want to go out and get some new feet to play with!
    I look forward to reading more posts like this one

  284. Judy says:

    This is a great guide! I realized a few months ago that I really need to get a walking foot. I just keep forgetting to get to the one store in my area that carries the ‘old’ Bernina feet! 🙂

  285. melissa p. says:

    what a great resource! this answers so many questions about how does THAT work??? thanks!

  286. Nichole says:

    Thanks for the great “tour de feet.” I have a few new ones I want to try out!

  287. Dacia says:

    Thank you so much for this post on feet… I have so many, but have never fully used them to their potential due to my limited knowledge of what they could accomplish! You have opened my eyes to a new world of feet and I feel I can now step out of my presser foot shoebox!

  288. Sadie says:

    holy toledo, but this is an informative post! thank you so much for going to all this trouble–the stuff about the walking foot was especially helpful for me–i use one to quilt but didn’t know i could–maybe should–use it for other things too.

  289. Heather C says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful info.

  290. Carissa says:

    What a neat compilation of information on feet, thanks!

  291. Heather says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial!

  292. Darla says:

    As a newbie to sewing I may just print this post and slip it into my manual. It is just as helpful as going to sewing class.

  293. Kristina says:

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful information about the different feet. I own a basic machine and was wondering which feet to order so I can attempt to quilt. Hopefully I can find them for my old machine! Thanks again!

  294. alison guinee says:

    I have just discovered your wonderful shop and blog, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Sewing has sadly taken a back seat to other pursuits of late, but I have recently been visited by an incredible itch to get back to my machine and sewing goodness It’s so nice that I now have this blog to keep me company! Thanks!

  295. Kelli says:

    I am intrigued by the integrated walking foot…it sure would mak sewing at night more of an option…my sewing room is off my bedroom and so there is no walking foot action after lights out! I will be checking this out for sure!

  296. Jennifer says:

    Thanks so much! I am borrowing a machine that has a built in walking foot, but I have been too scared to use it – this clarifies so much!

  297. Jill says:

    Thanks for the great write up, it looks like I need to expand my collection!

  298. Patti says:

    What great information! Thank you so much for your humor and the lovely photos showing the feet in action!

  299. katie says:

    Obviously, I need a walking foot. I never could understand how exact measurements resulted in un-exact results after sewing. Thanks!

  300. Southern Gal says:

    This is so easy to follow with all the pictures. Thanks.

  301. Christina says:

    Thank you so much! I am fairly new to sewing and all the feet options were very daunting!

  302. Donna says:

    I’m a presser foot addict. I have several that I don’t even know what they are because of inheriting them from people who don’t use them or even know what they are. This article is super helpful. Thank you!

  303. Janine says:

    This is a great resource to have…thank you!!

  304. Melody says:

    Great information to refer back to!

  305. Pam says:

    Thank You Florence. This is a great tutorial. I will definitely be referring back to this page. It’s now bookmarked in my “favorites.”

  306. Lisa says:

    So much to learn! Thanks goodness I can reference back here! That 1/4 inch foot looks like something I need to get.

    Thanks for the wonderful information! 🙂

  307. Marisol says:

    Wow! Very useful post! Now I know which one to use for every occasion! Thanks a million!

  308. Julie says:

    That was an amazing tutorial. Thanks.

  309. Suzi says:


    I have used the zipper foot with my machine twice, otherwise I stick to the basics – this has opened my eyes to a whole world of options, thank you! 🙂

  310. Leah says:

    This is wonderful information! I am going to have to pull out all of the feet that came with my sewing machine and look at them again. Thanks for making a confusing mess seem clearer:-)

  311. Tara Re says:

    I’ve never even heard of some of these. Very glad to find out about the quarter inch foot!

  312. Abby says:

    WOW as someone fairly new to sewing articles like this really mean to world to me! Thank you SO much for this, it will live in my bookmarked pages forever =)

  313. chimes says:

    Wow! thanks for all the information! I’ve just started piecing and possibly want to start quilting, but I have an el-cheapo machine…so I know these feet will definitely help. I especially love the info about the walking foot. I have issues with fabric creep when i’ve sewn t-shirt recons occasionally

  314. Lori Trickey says:

    Great information. I’m going to get my feet out and see what exactly I have. 🙂

  315. jo says:

    however I still appear not to be able to type and spell 🙂

  316. jo says:

    thank you very much – this is a really useful and well written article – I am a novice sewer and was a bit overwhelmed by all this talk of feed dogs ansd walking fweet but now I understand!

  317. Julianne says:

    what a great tutorial! I never knew what half my feet were for. thanks!!

  318. Gina says:

    Thanks! Now I need to get some more feet to try it out.

  319. Fulvia says:

    I want to congratulate you on this post. It is not only very well written and interesting but the photography that accompanies each topic is excellent. What a job well done!

  320. Nicole N. says:

    Wow! This is awesome! I can’t wait to try some of these things out–for whatever reason a walking foot seemed so daunting to me but I now realize it is just what I need!

  321. Stephanie says:

    An excellent guide! That is one witty chic with super infortmation.

  322. Margaret says:

    Love your photos and explanations!

  323. Sherrille Mackeigan says:

    Your demonstration on the feet for our machines was great . I am not always sure what foot to use this is a great help thanks.

  324. Isobel says:

    Smashing article, thankyou. I want to get an adjustable guide foot – it sounds like it would be the end to my wonky seam woes!

  325. Deb says:

    Oooh, I would like me one of those concealed zip feet! Anything to take the fuss out of zips! And I like your idea of a week long ‘training camp’ of sewing items that need zips, perhaps that too would help me lose my fear of them!

  326. Yaneth says:

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful information! Being a newbie to sewing, I find this info oh so useful!!!

  327. pat block says:

    Wow! Go to the printer, print this out in color, buy some plastic sleeves to protect your new most valuable possessions and hang the package near the right side of your machine. This is great, my only wish is that you had continued with some of the more difficult feet to understand. Clear and useful…Thanks bunches…Pat

  328. Ann says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  329. Jennifer Probasco says:

    Thanks for the fantastic info! I will print this out and keep it by my machine.

  330. alison c says:

    This is sooooo helpful! Has to be said I’ve always been a little scared of feet and not sure how to use them. Thank you!

  331. Kealoha says:

    What about the foot that does rolling hems? I just found your blog. Love it!

  332. Jasmine says:

    I just got my first sewing machine and this information is priceless. Thankyou so much! Sewing Machine Month – Perfect Idea and perfect timing!

  333. Muriel says:

    Intriguing, all those feet! I am after a walking foot, since I’m starting to like quilting quite a bit! Would anybody happen to know the Dutch name for a walking foot??

  334. knofje says:

    Thanks for this helpfull post! Wow, I didn’t know there where so many feet..

  335. Susan M in Alaska says:

    Thank you for all the information in one easy to read post. I really appreciate all the pictures too!

  336. Lindsey says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I am going to print it out and keep it with my machine.

  337. Tammi says:

    This is a great review. Great start to Sewing Machine Month!

  338. Kelly Wilson says:

    I can’t wait to learn more about buttonholes in a future post. As to the feet, I can barely tell them apart but having finally gotten a machine with a manual I can’t wait to try them out.

  339. Mallory says:

    “One foot, two foot, red foot, blue foot… Feet Feet Feet! Oh how many feet you meet!” Dr. Suess must have been talking about sewing in his Foot Book! Thanks for the info. I took solid notes and will be referencing today’s date for sure!

  340. Karin says:

    This is a helpful and very interesting post with very good explanations and pictures. Thanks alot!

  341. Nettie says:

    Wow! Thank you so much. No more scary feet for me.

  342. Gretel E says:

    What a wonderful little tutorial. Thanks so much for your help on this.

  343. BethieB says:

    One day, I went sewing machine shopping. I stopped in at Joanne’s and picked up a brand new Singer that was on sale. Then I went to the thrift store across town to kill some time, and ended up picking up an 80’s model Singer for a whole $15. It came with no special feet and I’ve had trouble locating replacements. A few days later, I returned the brand new machine, because frankly, it was really intimidating for a brand new seamstress and I had no idea what half of the accessories it came with were to be used for, so I chose to use the cheap machine. It was an overload of extra feet and manuals and dvd’s and it scared me, lol! I felt way less guilty about banging the thrift store one around or hurting it than I did the $500 new one.

    After seeing this post I wish I’d kept the new one instead. All of those feet would have been so nice to use! I wish this had been around two years ago! Thanks for the incredible information, I am more determined now to find extra feet for my model, and I can’t wait to play with them. 😉

  344. Mary says:

    Extremely enlightening to a newbie. Thank you so much!

  345. Judy says:

    Great tutorial. Thanks. I have so many fond memories of playing with my mom’s box of attachments…many, many years later, I think I have mastered them all.

  346. Casey says:

    This was very helpful! I tend to just stick to two or three feet, but now I see that I really need to branch out more!

  347. Danielle says:

    This is the best list! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  348. Page says:

    I couldn’t get by without my Pfaff built in walking foot – I love it and use it ALL the time. I agree, putting in an invisible zipper with the regular zipper foot is a test of patience. I am going to try free motion quilting on some placemats (cut fabric today!). Thanks for the info!

  349. Amy Hunter says:

    Very helpful post! Thanks!

  350. Bekhyt says:

    Wonderful article! Thank you!

  351. abbie says:

    Thanks for this information – it is so helpful. I always wondered if the feet really mattered.

  352. Isabella says:

    I honestly had no idea there were THAT many feet out there…and so many that would be useful to me. I have to look into those for my machine. Thank you! 🙂

  353. janet says:

    this was one crazy informative post! thank you so much. You definitely have shown me feet that I would have never known existed. i really enjoyed reading it also because the images were such a treat! the feet looked so neat and your work is stellar!

  354. Anna says:

    I have learned a lot. Thank yoU!

  355. Limor says:

    Thank you for this helpful guide. I definitely need to buy 2 or 3 more feet for my machine.

  356. Jan says:

    Thanks for sharing. I have such an obsession with sewing machine feet. It’s nice to see someone else who uses so many as well. 🙂

  357. lina says:

    Thanks a lot! very helpful especially for newbie like me!

  358. one of my most favorite how-tos you’ve ever posted. THANK YOU!

  359. tracylee says:

    I love my 1/4″ foot but I have definitely broken a few needles going to zigzag or forgetting to reset the needle at center. I’ve started releasing the foot when I turn the machine on so I don’t just jump into sewing without adjusting the needle – it helps. Thanks for the information – very helpful!

  360. Kristi R says:

    Thanks for all the great information. I am a beginner and this was so helpful. Now I am off to play with my feet.

  361. Laurie says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial on feet! I feel so much more confident knowing what my machine can do with me at the helm! Machine quilting here I come!!

  362. Erin says:

    Fantastic overview!! Such valuable info; now I’m ready to dig into my sewing box and pull out all those feet I never knew what to do with.

  363. Erika says:

    what a wonderful overview of all these feet…very helpful for a newbie like me…..Would love to win some of these goodies that’s for sure…..

  364. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    Great information on the sewing machine feet! I have the integrated walking foot too and think it is the greatest idea ever!

  365. jessi mathew says:

    thank you! i want to go out to the fabric store now!!

  366. I never realized there were so many feet! I just thought they were all the same. Wow! Thanks!

  367. KZ says:

    Very helpful, thanks so much for writing this up!

  368. Brenda says:

    so inspiring! I must get out the feet I have and see how many more I “need” 🙂

  369. Somer says:

    Thanks for so much useful information.

  370. Collette says:

    I need more feet!

    For my sewing machine–for myself, I’d choose more hands. I always seem to be carrying one thing too many.

  371. Katie Mitchell says:

    Thanks so much for the info! I never heard of the open toe foot. That would be helpful to me.

  372. Donna says:

    I am a beginner sewer and thank you so much for this information. Now, I understand what the feet are for that came with my machine!

  373. MomOfThree says:

    I would love to try the open toe applique foot. Now I just have to see if there is one for my machine! Never tried the 1/4 inch foot, but the next quilt I do I am going to give it a try. It is definitely worth spending some time learning how to use a buttonhole foot. And I love the little button foot I have to hold down the button and sew it on!

  374. Sarah Cosper says:

    I did not even know about the Open Toe Appliqué Foot! I will be getting one of those and a quarter inch.

  375. phyllis says:

    Thanks for all the info. Learning so much

  376. Christina says:

    I have book marked this so I can keep coming back. Thank you so much. Great information.

  377. Cristina says:

    This is SO helpful as I am just starting to branch out into slightly more complex sewing projects! Thank you!!

  378. Alison says:

    Thank you so much. I feel like I’ve just been to a proper sewing class, with very detailed information and great photos.

  379. Stacy says:

    Thanks so much – I’m looking at some of the feet that came with my used Viking with new eyes. Now if only my walking foot was integrated!

  380. Vonda says:

    thanks so much. I will have to go out and buy some new toys.

  381. Courtney says:

    The day I bought my quarter-inch foot was the best day ever! I don’t know what I would do without it. Now to save up for an adjustable guide foot! Thank you for this!

  382. Rosemary says:

    This is great! One of the best posts I ‘ve read in a long time. Thank you!


  383. Jenny says:

    Wow! All I can say is “Thank you!!” This information makes me a little giddy to try some new things. I’m a little embarrassed to say that I think I’ve only used a zipper foot and a standard foot before because I never really knew what all the other ones were for. We’ll see what wonders I can produce armed with a little more info now!

  384. brandy says:

    Holy moly, this was soo helpful! I have only the feet that came with my machine (zipper, buttonhole, and quarter inch) and I really didn’t know there were so many others. And I must say, I am quite envious of both your fabric stash and your impeccable zipper installation!

  385. Pamela says:

    I have the quarter inch foot and think that it was a fabulous creation. I’ve never seen the adjustable guide foot before, but that would be excellent too … perhaps for more garment sewing applications.

  386. Rebecca says:

    Great info – thanks!

  387. Huong says:

    Thanks for this. I just got an invisible zipper foot and I love it. So many feets to get now!

  388. Janet says:

    Although I have three Pfaff machines, I find that your article about the feet is very helpful, not only as a refresher course but as an everyday tool! Thanks so much for posting it.

  389. Katie T says:

    I absolutely LOVE my button hole foot. It’s AMAZING. This info has been very helpful as I am still getting used to all the feet I have with my new Machine

  390. Regina says:

    It is all so much clearer now…

  391. Great post! Thanks for all the info!

  392. Beth says:

    Wow! That was like taking a mini-course! Thank you so much – I will refer to this again and again.

  393. Sarah Vee says:

    Thanks for the great look at feet. I haven’t used many of the ones that came with my machine, but I did recently try the zipper foot with success! I keep rereading my manual on how to use my darning foot for quilting. Still to chicken to try! Haven’t touched the buttonhole either, but I just might soon. Thanks again. I really liked seeing the projects and the closeups of the feet!

  394. Leslie Renee says:

    Love the info! Thanks!!

  395. Dewdrop says:

    Thanks so much for this, Florence. I learned a lot.

  396. Karen says:

    This was so informative! I would love the integrated walking foot, instead of having to put it on and take it off every time! Thanks for the info!

  397. Lynne in NC says:

    That was awesome! Thanks for sharing about all these feet. What wonderful info!

  398. April says:

    Thanks for the info! I normally use my basic foot, zipper foot and my buttonholer. 🙂 There are a few other feet that came with my machine that I have never used… I will be checking them out soon.

    Can’t wait for button hole month as well… my buttonholer is automatic and I love it!

  399. Christina says:

    This tutorial just makes me want a walking foot even more. I really loved the bit about a walking foot vs. an integrated walking foot. Definitely something to consider. Thank you.

  400. charlotte says:

    thank you for the wonderful information on the different sewing machine feet!!! such valuable info for me… i have only used my machine’s standard presser foot and have been unsure of how to utilize the others!

  401. Audrey says:

    This is awesome. I have a handful of feet that came with my machine, but I couldn’t figure out what they were all for, or at least practical applications for them. Maybe I will whip something out soon…

  402. Rachel says:

    Confession: I got 2 new feet for Christmas and I haven’t taken them out of the packaging yet. Like you, I tend to favour a few very useful ones. I DO plan to try out the ruffler and… gee, I can’t even remember the other one I received (but I must have asked for it).

    Thanks for this pertinent information and the ‘demonstrations’. ☺

  403. Kristin says:

    Thanks for the great info on Feet! Now I know how to use my buttonhole foot.

  404. Stacy says:

    Thank you for this awsome info. I just was going through all my different feet and this answered a couple questions I had!

  405. Leslie says:

    Great info…thanks for sharing!

  406. Andrea says:

    Thank you. This answered a lot questions I had.

  407. Peggy B says:

    So detailed and helpful with great pictures too. Now I know for sure I really do need a new sewing machine so I can get all these super feet too!!

  408. Helen says:

    Thanks for this post! I need to branch out from the basic presser foot…

  409. liz says:

    i’m glad to hear that the walking foot is noisy for more than just me!! although, i don’t think i’m using it right because it shifts the fabric when i use it.

    i MUST get a concealed zipper foot though!

    thanks for the info.

  410. Dawn says:

    I never knew what a walking foot does, now I need to buy one! Thanks!


  411. DawnMcD says:

    This was so informative, I have a few of these feet and did not really know their use. Thank you

  412. jennee garcia says:

    Wow! I can’t believe you are giving away such wonderous gifts! I hope I’ll be trading my tempermental Kenmore in for a Viking soon 😉

  413. Chrisandra Davis says:

    I’m a relative newbie to sewing and it was a daunting task to actually change the feet on my sewing machine. I am glad that I manage to change my standard pressing foot to the walking foot without doing irreparable harm to my machine! Above info is much appreciated!

  414. girlsmama says:

    Great info! Thanks!

  415. Anyone know anything about a ruffler?

  416. donnag says:

    There’s no telling where these feet can take us!

  417. Melissa B. says:

    Thanks for the amazing info!! I’ve already added a few new feet to my wishlist!

  418. Thank you for the helpful information and the great pictures to go with it. Now I have several more items to add to my wish list. Do you have a ruffler, or wouldn’t that be considered a foot? That’s one I’ve been eyeing. I had some success using my walking foot to attach a ruffle the old-fashioned way, but I still had to make that ruffle first…

  419. Laura says:

    Wow! Who knew there were so many feet!

  420. Keila says:

    Great info!! Everyone should try them – I am a believer!! It makes a WORLD of difference!! And it makes life so much easier… tks!

  421. Johanna says:

    I really love the pictures and the comments below them 🙂
    And thank you for the info. My machine and I were pretty well working with just two feet but I guess we have to go out and get more ^^
    I was alwys wondering how other people get so much done with just a machine. Now I know they had little helpers 🙂

  422. Kristine says:

    Wow, the integrated walking foot sounds like a dream!

  423. Ariane says:

    Wow! That was a great and very useful post. The pictures were particularly helpful. As a beginning sewer, I really have no idea what a zipper foot or a walking foot looks like!

  424. Denise says:

    Great post!! I love all these different feet, I have most of them, I do need to invest in a walking foot!!

  425. LisaC says:

    My new machine tells me which foot to use with particular stitches. Sometimes, it give me bad advice and I end up with broken needles. However, it has encouraged me to really think about the “right” foot for the job. Thanks for the info, especially on the walking foot.

  426. Erin says:

    Thank you!!!!! As a self taught sewer, there is SO much that I don’t know and when to use which foot is one of those things… Thanks for the clear instructions and the helpful photos!

  427. alisha says:

    I never knew there were so many feet available. I recently used the blind hem foot and found that I prefer to use it over the standard presser foot. I think I would love a quarter inch foot.

  428. KatieV says:

    How helpful! I’ve always been scared of my feet! 🙂

  429. Emily S says:

    Awesome explanation of sewing feet – thanks for the info!

  430. Alicia says:

    This was extremely helpful!
    My 1/4″ foot is nearly always attached to my machine (love it!) and the integrated walking foot is also really, really nice.
    Happy sewing everyone!!!

  431. carrie says:

    Very insightful and funny all at the same time. Very nice!

  432. KathyB says:

    Beautiful pics and explanations. Thank you!

  433. Kim says:

    This is perfect! Now I need to go down to my handy box and see which of these feet I have. I will say I LOVE my dual integrated feed having gone from using a walking foot attachment befoe.

  434. Meg says:

    Mahalo from Hawaii. I have searched my sewing maching manuals for some insight into the use of the various feet and nothing is explained on my Elna or Bernina. I truly appreciate this info. Just found this website. It’s fantastic!

  435. Jenny says:

    Thank you! This is very helpful information. I need a buttonhole foot…and wondering how to use my gathering foot. Haven’t gone there yet, guess I just need to jump in and try it?!

  436. Emma O. says:

    This was a wonderfuly written article on feet! Thank you for the information & inspiration to try a few other feet!

  437. truedrue says:

    My personal favorite foot is a rolled hem foot. Previously, I would have to iron the fabric, which is impossibly frustrating if you are trying to create a very narrow, delicate hem. With the rolled him foot there is no ironing or pinning. It rolls the edge itself and sews a very professional looking hem.

  438. Scubagoose says:

    Great info! And i love all the beautiful things you have done! Quite envious of that last pic, looks like you have a great stash @ your place!

  439. great info.

  440. Susan says:

    Wow! THere is SO much I don’t know about sewing. This was an incredibly helpful overview and inspires me to try to learn more! I wish the Hancock Fabrics around me offered more classes. I’m dying to learn how to use my machine more efficently – and it is clear different feet would help! Thanks for the primer 🙂 FYI – I would pay to attend an online class on how to use my machine or learn sewing basics 😀

  441. Molly B. says:

    Wow!! i’m working on my first quilt and trying to get more familiar with my machine so I was just gazing at all my feet last night and trying to figure out what they do. Perfect timing!!!!!!

  442. Andrea R says:

    helpful indeed!

  443. Jeni says:

    Thank you for the fancy foot work (HA couldn’t resist!) Can’t wait for the next installment!

  444. Florence says:

    Gosh, so many lovely comments – thank you. I’m absolutely delighted that it’s been useful.

    To answer a couple of questions:

    My machine is a Pfaff Classic Style Home 1529, it’s very basic and completely uncomputerised. However, it is my dream machine and I’d love to buy a second one in case this one ever gives up.

    I feel like I may have wrongly implied that you need to buy a machine that comes with all these feet – apart from the integrated walking foot, I’ve purchased nearly all of the feet mentioned here individually from my local sewing shop and did the same for my old Babylock machine…so I’m assuming that most manufacturers will have a vast array of add-on feet that can be purchased without the need for a new machine…but don’t let that stop you.

    To answer Jess’s question – I think there are various types of stabiliser, but the one I use is like a wafer thin piece of stiff papery fabric that can be torn away easily afterwards. The stabiliser helps to stop your fabric from pulling and distorting as it goes under the presser foot and generally makes it retain its shape better.

    To Jenny T – it’s actually a Pfaff, which is fantastic with thicker materials as it has a special feature which means that you can go from thin to thick materials without a problem – the feet flex up and down a little to accommodate changes in thickness. My old machine was a Babylock and didn’t have this feature, but I got around it by wedging something of the same thickness under the back of the foot for the first couple of stitches, so that the foot didn’t initially have to climb a mountain in order to get started. But other than that – I think you can probably tell that I think that a walking foot is the answer to most problems…

    To Amy – The foot that is good for velvety/minkee materials is actually on my wishlist of things – I think it’s commonly known as a non-stick foot and has an almost Teflon-like coating on the base of it – I’ve heard good things about it…but I’m trying to practice a little self-restraint and wait until Christmas to get it!

  445. ivy says:

    What a wonderful and informative post! I’ve always wanted to “expand” on my supply of sewing presser feet, but didn’t quite know what they actually did and on what types of projects to use them for. I’m still fairly new to sewing, but have great aspirations! Thank you so much for this posting! Great job!

  446. Tawny Bee says:

    Wow, that is a great little run down on each of the feet. I haven’t even heard of a few of those. And you’ve explained some of the ones that came with my machine that I have yet to figure out. I’ll definitely be using more of my walking foot (which I’ve never tried). I probably could have used it the other day when trying desperately (and failing) at putting a satin-type edge onto a wrap around. Maybe I’ll get back into that project with this new approach! 🙂

  447. Mrs. JP says:

    I like my walking foot but WOW,,,a permanent walking foot. This was a really good tutorial.

  448. Meagan says:

    Is THIS why my patchwork never lines up?! Walking foot, here I come!

  449. Lori says:

    What a great tutorial! I have been sewing for a long time (since the age of 4) and it is so nice to have all this infomation in one place with examples. I am excited to see the posts this month! I have a Husqvarna machine and she is my best friend! We go back 14 years and have never had a problem!

  450. Cristina A. says:

    Thank you so much for this! I will print it and refer to it often!! Wonderful post.

  451. Aless.erre says:

    Thanks for the lesson!!! Very nice.

  452. Nicole says:

    I had no idea that some of these feet even existed. Thank you for sharing all of this helpful information!! I am looking to buy a new machine and now I have a better idea of some of the feet that I want now.!

  453. amy lee says:

    This was INVALUABLE!!!!! I always wondered what my open toe applique foot was for, and never knew exactly what my walking foot could be used for other than quilts. I am printing this all out!

  454. By LuLu says:

    Thanks! This makes the idea of trying new feet seem a little less scary!

  455. Tina M says:

    Love the intro to sewing machine feet. Until I started quilting, I never really appreciated how much better different feet could make my sewing 🙂

  456. Annwen says:

    Thanks so much! I am going to refer to this plenty!

  457. Isabel Franke says:

    Thank you for taking the time to write, post and shoe pics of the feet. As a new sewer and a visual learner this was very informative.

  458. wendy says:

    This was so well-written and informative. I just began sewing this year and it’s hard to find good solid descriptions and real-life advice about machine feet. Bravo!!!

  459. Sarah E. says:

    Thanks for the info!!!!!!! I so need some of these. I guess it’s time for foot shopping!

  460. Kathleen says:

    I’ve never used a walking foot and didn’t know what it was used for. I think I need to look into getting one. Very informational article. Thank you!

  461. Megan Harris says:

    Thanks for the guide! Loved all the feet that my Riccar had. Unfortunately, it died. My husband bought me a Singer machine, which was a wonderful gesture. It does not, however, have very many feet, does not have a “needle: left” setting, and for the life of me, I can’t find a piping foot for it. Any suggestions?

  462. molly says:

    This is SO helpful. thanks.

  463. Karen Ellis says:

    Thanks for this tutorial! I’m new to working with sewing machines, and it really clears up some questions I had.


  464. Lee says:

    Great overview of all the most commen feet used in quilting. I always love to learn new things and I did with this info

  465. Heather T says:

    WOW! *bookmarks* Very informative, now I just need to figure out where I can buy all these feet for my little machine.

  466. Chris H says:

    WOW! I never knew so much about these feet! Thanks for the very informative descriptions and ideas for use!

    Great job!

  467. Ali says:

    Great info!!!


  468. Jerree says:

    Thanks for the great information. I have never been taught about the feet before.

  469. Patricia says:

    Oh, my goodness, this was an incredible wealth of information. I learned so much! Thank you!

  470. Tina says:

    I’ve been in the process of looking at new feet for my sewing machine. Thanks for the great information!

  471. Linnea says:

    What a treat to read your writing. The tone is so similar to my internal monologue that it made me giggle while reading this. Thanks so much for the view into the world of presser feet. My machine came with quite a few and I’ve just started really playing around with them. That concealed zip foot looks like tons of fun!

  472. Autumn says:

    Very Useful…thank you for the time and pictures. I’ll bookmark this page.

  473. Jennifer says:

    This is wonderful! I have a box of antique feet that I’m trying to figure out how to use. I think this covers a few and gives me the courage to do a little experimenting with the rest. Thanks!

  474. Joyce in NC says:

    Great Information on the feet.

  475. Helena says:

    Thanks, there is so much to take in.

  476. Suzi says:

    Thanks for the information. I am a beginner and had no idea about the various types of feet other than the ones my machine came with.

  477. Sally says:

    I’m so happy about this theme!! I have a Husqvarna/Viking that I bought from a shop that was going out of business…. I got a heck of a bargain, but didn’t have anyone to show me all of the neato-mosquito things it can do.

  478. Katie says:

    VERY helpful – thank you!

  479. Diana says:

    I thought I knew about sewing machine feet, but then I read this and learned so much! Thanks for a great post.

  480. maryanne says:

    Great post! I love my buttonhole foot, I also remember my mom having a rolled seam foot that was fantastic to use but I don’t have one for my own machine.

  481. Carmen says:

    Thank you! This was so interesting and helpful!

  482. Mare says:

    I’m new to sewing and wondered what some of the feet were used for. Thanks! It was helpful.

  483. Beth says:

    Thanks for the great guide!

  484. Asher's Mom says:

    Can you come over to my house and give me a personal tutorial? I can offer decaf organic coffee and zucchini bread as payment-and a great view out of my living room window.

  485. Shaz says:

    Thanks for the post! I love my walking foot and now I know why. But I don’t understand why it could damage my machine? I also think your free motion bird is quite lovely!

  486. Malinda says:

    what a great post! Now I know what all those little feet are intended for!

  487. Russ says:

    Nicely done. Thanks for the info. This is sure to come in handy, or should I say footy?

  488. Sora says:

    Pleeeeeeeease pick me!!

  489. Carol says:

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge of the different feet and when to use them. I love the handbag that you have pictured (gray with printed material). Could you tell what pattern that is? Thanks

  490. Malinda says:

    I love this post – so helpful – I have a ton of little feet and I have no idea what they are intended for.

  491. Katherine W says:

    This is such a helpful tutorial! I am bookmarking it now!

  492. SusanC says:

    This is an amazing guide to all types of feet. Thanks so much for this information!

  493. Veronica says:

    What a great and timely article! I am slowly becoming a presser foot junkie. I also have a Pfaff machine like Florence and I’m appreciating more and more what it can do with all the different feet I buy for it.

  494. Sew-Ann says:

    I’m bookmarking this and searching Amazon at the same time. Great info.

  495. Erica says:

    I loved reading through this. I think sewing machine companies should seriously look at hiring Florence to write for them! I didn’t know the adjustable guide foot existed and I tried buying the invisible zipper foot at Walmart (which didn’t work on my machine). Now I know, the sewing machine company likely made a specific invisible zipper foot.

  496. Sylvie says:

    Thank you for all those explanations!
    It was very interesting.

  497. shelle says:

    Thank you for the interesting info, I have never ventured farther than my standard or zipper foot, I was kind of afraid of them.

  498. Angel S. says:

    A helpful and entertaining article! I love that she showed examples of the feet in action and what can be created with them.
    I totally covet that stash of pink fabrics!

  499. Amy D. says:

    I’m really excited about this month’s theme! And I have a H/V machine, which is still relatively new and I need to get cracking on sewing things with it!

  500. Julie says:

    I just got an overcast foot and I love it. Since I don’t have a serger, it finishes the raw edges on clothing beautifully since it keeps the zig-zag stitch from puckering the fabric. Also, the walking foot is great. I would love a machine that had an integrated one since it is really noisy.

  501. Jane says:

    Thank you for explaining the use of these feet. I try to use my various feet for different applications but a couple were new to me.

  502. akemi says:

    Thank you! The world of sewing machine feet is less scary now.

  503. Amy says:

    A friend recomended a velvet foot to help when piecing with Minkee have you ever used a velvet foot and does it work?

  504. meri says:

    What a great information. Florence! Thanks for so good work, as usual from you 🙂

  505. Kristin says:

    very helpful! I recently bought a rolled hem foot that I LOVE!! I am really bad about pressing in my hems before sewing and this eliminates that need – I get beautifully even hems every time.

  506. VickiT says:

    Wow. Awesome information about these feet. Great info. Thanks so much.

  507. orata says:

    wow–i love the quarter-inch foot!

  508. Linda says:

    Thanks for the info about feet!! Great!!

  509. Jenny T. says:

    I have a question – you look as though you have a Janome….I could be wrong, but I figure either way you know the answer. My Janome always seems like such a pansy when it comes to thick fabrics, and frequently all I’m doing is something like a bag or a baby blanket, where things aren’t really that thick. I’ve even had one layer of fleece get caught up. So my question is, should I be throwing my 16/100 needles out and just using my walking foot consistently? Any tips/advice? Thank you!!!
    And ps. Your work is amazing. I love your bags and your eyeglass cases!

  510. Denise says:

    Awesome tutorial – thank you so much for taking the time to put this together!

  511. Monica says:

    This info has been so helpful. Lots of times I look at my feet and think what the heck is that contraption. Maybe sewing will be a bit easier now that i know how to use the tools I have.

  512. Mary says:

    I always wondered what a walking foot was for but was too lazy to look it up! Now I know.

  513. Thanks for the information on the different feet available. I found it very useful as my machine comes with these feet but i havent been brave enough to try them out. However Florence has just inspired me to give them a try 😉

  514. Em says:

    Great information!!! I love all of the wonderful pictures and commentary about the different feet available. I think I really need to get a walking foot!

  515. Mindy says:

    Thank you for a very informative discussion of feet. I may now go rummage through my feet and see what project I may come up with using feet I haven’t used before.

  516. Allison says:

    So I think this shows me that I need to invest in a walking foot…. I’ve been desiring one for some time… but i think it’s an official NEED item!

  517. Rachel says:

    I think I really need an open-toe applique foot. Thanks for the great info.

  518. amy says:

    Oh how I wish I had a 1/4″ foot like that….and the open toed foot….and the walking foot! Great info.

  519. Linnea says:

    Thank you for the information. I have been debating on getting some more feet for my machine. I think i will have to go to the store and ‘browse’. 🙂 Maybe a walking foot or quarter inch foot may follow me home.

  520. Peggy says:

    I guess I’ll just have to go and get a walking foot, b/c this is the third time this week that it’s been suggested to me! Great info, and great pictures. Makes me want to drop everything and just sew, sew, sew!

  521. MARIA ISABEL says:

    great tutorial, thanks for helpme. Thanks you from Uruguay

  522. Pam says:

    Oh thank you for mentioning the concealed zip foot and including a photo! One of my new skirt patterns calls for an invisible zipper and I just wasn’t sure of the difference between a regular zip foot and an invisible one. 🙂 Many thanks for clearing that up for me! Happy sewing!

  523. Deb V says:

    Wow what a lot of great information. I didn’t realize there were so many options when sewing.

  524. Lindsay says:

    This was SO helpful! Loved all the illustrations! So great to look back on when I have to use a “new” foot for a special project. Thanks for sharing it!

  525. alison says:

    My sewing machine came with 5 different feet. I’ve only ever used 3 of the feet. Thanks for the inspiration to figure out what the other 2 feet are for (I lost the owner’s manual years ago). I’m going home tonight to play with my machine.

  526. Tammy says:

    I knew there were different feet you could use, but didn’t know there were so many of them!!! Great info!

  527. Miya says:

    This was absurdly helpful! Thank you so much! I have a few of these in a cigar box on my desk, I look at them longingly, but never knew what to do with them!


  528. Nancy Mc says:

    thanks for the post.

  529. Michele says:

    What a great resource…thanks for posting this!

  530. kyla says:

    Great info– just what I needed!

  531. sandy says:

    Thanks. Love that the comments were “generic” ….. useful and important information.

  532. Noelle says:

    I learned so much in just a few minutes! Ive been trying to figure a lot of this out on my own but now i have a guide! Thanks!

  533. FamilyNature says:

    I never would have thought that a blog post about feet would be so interesting. Thank you for this information!

  534. Hilary says:

    So useful – I’ll have to look through my box of feet again and give them a try. Thanks!

  535. brenbren says:

    That was very useful. I need to email this to myself!

  536. Rita says:

    Wow, that was great, simple and to the point..i’m a newbie and all those feet that came with my machine feel a little overwhelming..thank you for helping me not feel so intimidated!! 🙂

  537. Grace says:

    This is really helpful- I’m always overwhelmed by anything that calls for “fancy feet.” Knowing what the different feet are for takes away a little of the fear factor.

  538. Kandra Young says:

    I have always wondered about different feet – as I’m pretty new to this sewing world. Thanks for some great descriptions as well as examples 🙂 Now to go buy some feet 😀

  539. Ronni says:

    Thank you for all this great information! This was very helpful!

  540. Julie says:

    Sooooooooo helpful! Thank you so much for sharing and for the fabulous description of each foot and it’s purpose!

  541. Trudy Callan says:

    What great information. Thanks.


  542. Amy says:

    Great information!

  543. anja says:

    very informative, thank you

  544. Brooke says:

    Excellent information, thanks!

  545. Rebecca says:

    this was so very helpful to a new sewer like myself, Thank you !

  546. Linda says:

    What great info. I need to get an Big Foot for sure—I’ve been trying free-motion quilting and something like this would probably help alot!

  547. Jenna says:

    Thank you so much!

  548. Laura says:

    This is a wonderful tutorial! I just got a walking foot and am having all kinds of trouble with it. I was starting to think that I’d wasted $30! But in looking at your picture, I think the store incorrectly told me how to install it. So now I’m going to have to go back to them to find out the real instructions. Thanks for solving the mystery for me. Thanks for all the other information too – I’m inspired to branch out. And – your creations are GORGEOUS. I especially loved the gray and turquoise bags – beautiful color combination.

  549. Penny Sue says:

    This was very helpful and very well put together! Thank you!

  550. anne says:

    Uh-oh. Now I’ve just added a few more things to my shopping list!

  551. Karen E says:

    Sounds like I better start practicing. Thanks for all of the information! Karen E.

  552. Karen/twinmom says:

    thanks for the walk-thru with these feet! I have a singer from the 30’S that I treasure, and a box of wild looking attachments – I think you’ve answered some old questions I have!
    Like any job – using the right tools makes all the difference. Thanks so much for this info.

  553. Sarah says:

    I’ve just entered the world of “feet” other than the standard. Now, sadly, its another addiction one can’t just walk away from. Thanks for the close up details and the nice analogies 😉

  554. angel says:

    Great post! I’ll be back to re-read this one a few times.

  555. Heidi says:

    Very helpful post. I’m going to save this one for reference.

  556. Lise says:

    Thanks so much. I’ve never been able to figure out what all the feet are that came with my machine. Back to the box to look again…

  557. Shawna says:

    Thank you so much for this! I always just use my regular foot and haven’t been brave enough to put in a zipper or a button! Hopefully I can branch out now that I know they aren’t so scary!

  558. Dina says:

    This is the best reference for sewing machine feet I have ever seen. Thank you so much for posting it.

  559. Janet says:

    Thanks for the wonderful lesson on feet! My machine came with many feet that I’ve never used. Today I’m bookmarking your tutorial and I’ll return often until I have them all figured out!

  560. Christina says:

    this is quite helpful! I’m eager to give the 1/4 in foot a try – not sure if my machine came with one. truthfully I’ve ignored all many of the feet because I had no idea what they were for until now! ha! thank you!

  561. michelle says:

    This is very informative! I love the idea of the “Integrated walking foot”. Does this foot cause wear and tear on your machine like a regular walking foot does?

  562. Annette W says:

    As a fairly new sewer, this is incredibly helpful…and makes me think of investing in a new machine instead of just buying a foot….

  563. Christina says:

    this is quite helpful, THANK YOU!

  564. Melissa H. says:

    Very helpful and great with the pictures.

  565. Linda DiVall says:

    Sorry, didn’t proofread that last comment——great discription of the “feet”!!!

  566. Valerie says:

    I’m so glad you have pictures, I didn’t know what half of my feet did before now, I can hardly wait to bust them out and give them a whirl.

  567. Linda DiVall says:

    Beautiful pictures—–great job describing the fee.

  568. Jessica W says:

    Lots of helpful info here!

  569. Misty says:

    You are a wonderful teacher! I loved your explanations for the different feet! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I loved all the pictures too!!!

  570. Lola Jo says:

    Okay, now I need to get all of these. I did buy a walking foot this year and it is a wonderful thing. Now if I could just get myself together enough to get an invisible zipper foot and the “big foot” free motion foot I think I may be in heaven.

  571. Nice articular – Very well done!…Well I have to tell you I have a Viking machine and have lots of different feet, all for different uses and what is so great about the viking that I have (designer se) it is computerized and it tells you what foot to use with each different application. It was very expensive but well worth the money. i just love my machine!

  572. rebecca says:

    This is great! thanks for sharing. I’ve bookmarked it and hope to refer to it frequently. ( :

  573. Sue A says:

    I just discovered thos blog, what a lot if helpful info! I will be a regular reader now.
    I loved that adjustable guide foot, I could really use that one.

  574. Grace says:

    I’ll be right back – on my way out the door to get a 1/4 inch foot. Who knew this existed? How have I lived without one? Thank you!

  575. jm says:

    I finally purchased a 1/4 inch foot and it has made sewing much easier! Thanks for all of the great information!

  576. Nicki says:

    I love feet! I have a bunch I don’t use but really appreciated this post becuase I learned about a few I’ve seen but never seen used in practical application. I love that Big Foot!

  577. Courtney N. says:

    Wow. So many things I didn’t know that I didn’t know anything about! lol

  578. Rachel says:

    This is so helpful!! Thanks!!!

  579. Amber says:

    What a great post – thanks so much! Such great explanations of all the feet – really great resource for everyone!

  580. anne says:

    Wow, thanks for all this info.

  581. Toni says:

    Wow, being fairly new at this whole sewing thing, I had no idea there were so many possibilities. The explanations were very well-written and easy to understand. Thank you so much!!

  582. Laura says:

    I think I need a machine that comes with more feet! I could really use that integrated walking foot so that I wouldn’t have to continually change between my walking foot and other feet.

  583. Malorie says:

    So fun to learn new tidbits I can always use!

  584. Heather says:

    Thanks for the post. I just aquired a 1/4″ foot and have been enjoying it!

  585. Fantastic information on presser feet. I tend to stick close to my standard presser foot, but have recently branched out to the 1/4 inch foot. Thanks for posting.

  586. Chris says:

    Excellent post! I’m still relatively new to sewing and this was SO helpful in figuring out what feet I might want and how to use them. 🙂

  587. ariel says:

    I have a brand new walking foot that has changed the way I quilt…LOVE it. I’d love to try an adjustable guide foot too! Great info!

  588. Christine says:

    Thank you! As a new sewer this was so helpful to read, and it was presented so beautifully!

  589. Tammy says:

    Thank you for all the great info! I will make better use of my machine’s pressure feet now!

  590. Chrystal says:

    Ooh, thanks so much! I just began sewing with my machine, and have had issues when trying to sew beside snaps or something bulky. Hopefully sometime I’ll get to figure out my “feet.” 🙂

  591. Emily says:

    I am so envious of all your fabulous feet! Imagine the things I could make if I had those! Thanks for the great information.

  592. ~Michelle~ says:

    You know, there are whole books written about feet, and here the info is, for free! Thanks!

  593. Joelle says:

    Thanks so much for the great information! You’ve given me a reason to take the standard presser foot off my machine and give some others a try!

  594. Lynn Taylor says:

    Super explanations! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!

  595. Emiko says:

    As a newbie sewist, this is exactly what I needed! Thanks for all the useful info. There’s definitely a few feet I’ll have to look into, as it looks like it’ll make some projects easier to do.

  596. Chris Stalnaker says:

    Thank you for this review of presser feet! I love my walking foot. It has made a huge difference in the preciseness of my sewing especially for knits. On my machine, the “big foot” is called the darning foot and I have actually used it to darn holes in my husband’s pants and shorts. Very cool.

  597. Daljeet says:

    I love my collection of sewing machine feet! We just got my mom a brand new Brother and the first thing I did was to crack open the accessories case to examine all the feet. The second thing I did was to play, I mean try them out on the machine with some scrap fabric 🙂

  598. Ann Dilcher says:

    A walking foot saved me when I made my wedding gown.
    I would advise people to save their feet. I had a workhorse white machine for 20 years until the tension could no longer be repaired. I got a new one as similar to the old that I had loved and it is so much more cheaply constructed. Luckily the much higher quality feet from the old one fit the new one.

  599. Denise says:

    Oh my goodness, thank you so much for this post!!! As a novice sewer i feel like you have opened my eyes to a whole world os sewing that i was unaware of before! lol Silly me, i have just been using the standard presser foot for everything and I have really been missing out! lol

  600. Missy says:

    This post was just so helpful, for my novice self, and very enjoyable to read with the lovely fabric and project photos. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

  601. Thanks for all the great tips on the sewing machine feet. I absolutely love my walking foot, it’s great for so many things. I use it to sew all my bindings on my finished quilts. oohsaahsw@aol.com

  602. Jessica says:

    Wow thanks for sharing! I am new to sewing and felt a little intimidated by all of the feet options out there. Thanks for the article. It was informative and funny 🙂

  603. Jennifer says:

    thank you for the positively wonderful intro to all the feet out there. i’ve used a few of them, but have looked at some like they’re almost torture devices. one of these days, i’ll venture out more…like free-motion and applique!

  604. Wendy says:

    I bought a package of various quilting feet shortly after receiving my machine. I love having a walking foot, and the applique foot comes in handy, too. Mine don’t have the red marks – what a great idea! And my 1/4″ foot doesn’t really give me a 1/4″ which is kind of annoying, so I’d suggest that anyone test theirs before going to it.

  605. stephanie says:

    I love my 1/4 foot too. I may have to seek outthe open toe applique one though that looks nice.

  606. This may well be the most instructive thing I’ve ever read for my machine. I’m going to have to get out the “happy feet” 🙂 Thanks!

  607. michele m says:

    i bookmarked this page cuz i will never remember when to use all these feet at first–so helpful and soo much info–i love it–thanks so much

  608. mjb says:

    Wow those are some fancy feet!

  609. BabkaGal says:

    Thanks for the great posting! I use the standard zigzag foot for most of my sewing, but I may have to branch out now.

  610. Erin says:

    What a wonderful, informative post. I’m so inspired to go home and attempt my sewing projects with a greater variety of feet! Hopefully it produces items as professional as florence’s in the end. Thanks for sharing!

  611. An Van Dessel says:

    Nice! Very clear and easy for a beginner, thanks a lot.

  612. Monica Gee says:

    This is so helpful! Thank you!

  613. MeganAnne says:

    This was so helpful and straight forward. It’s nice to see what you use the most. And to begin to think about what I want in a machine when I’m ready to upgrade.

  614. Marilyn says:

    Loved these examples! Hope to use some of them soon.

  615. Hannah says:

    Holy Cow! I’m so excited for this month! I hope I win!

  616. Kim B. says:

    Thank you for this tutorial! I’m new to sewing and have my mom’s old machine. It came with a few feet and I had no idea what they were for! Thanks for the wonderful and thorough information!

  617. katie says:

    I love this!! I had no idea about some of those “feet” thanks!!

  618. Bethany says:

    This was such a helpful article! I love all of the detailed explanations, examples, and illustrative pictures. Very well done!

  619. Wendy says:

    Would you mind telling me what sewing machine you are using that has an integrated walking foot? I have an upholstery machine with it and absolutely love it. I would like to have the option when sewing less bulky items.

  620. susan says:

    Wow, the only feet I’ve been using are Regular and Zipper. I’ll definitely look into a Walking Foot — sounds like it would solve a lot of my sewing frustrations. Thanks for all the great info!

  621. Jess says:

    Thanks, really helpful! I’m just wondering what a ‘stabiliser’ is, which you suggest to use when making button holes. My manual says to do this too but I’ve never known what they meant.

  622. Leigh says:

    Thanks so much for this!!! I’ve been working on an ooold Singer with only one foot (straight stitch!) and this really confirmed for me that I need to get moving on getting more feet!

  623. triona says:

    Wow – that was really useful, as a novice sewer I had not heard of some of these – but now I’m very excited …. a quarter inch foot – mmm…dreamy, and I think I will have to have one! Loving this sewing machine month – learning loads already and it’s only a couple of days in. thanks so much !

  624. gina says:

    great tutorial! i didn’t know there were so many feet… will have to see what i can use on my machine!

  625. Raphiel says:

    Thanks for all the info. I’ll have to see if I can get a big foot for my pfaff 1209. I’ve been looking for a darning foot but looks like I could use the other… I’m new to all this.

  626. Christa says:

    I love this explanation of so many different “feet”. I really only use the basic foot that came with my machine, but this inspires me to try a few new ones out….. And that 1/4″ foot is amazing, I don’t understand why every machine doesn’t come with one of those. It would definitely make my quilting a heck of a lot easier!

  627. Ellen Ban says:

    Great information….I solved my foot changing problem by using my old machines…One has the walking foot on it and one has the darning foot for machine quilting. That way they are all ready to go, great for a quilter with A.D.D.!

  628. Erica Hager says:

    thanks for the fabulous post!

    I also have IDF (on my Pfaff) and love it 🙂

  629. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! I have just started getting into sewing after having had a machine for years. I now have a better idea of how to use some of the feet I have. Thanks!

  630. Katie says:

    This is great! Feet I’ve never heard of! I’m glad my birthday is coming up. 😉

  631. Megan says:

    This is really helpful. Aside from one year of home economics in 9th grade, I’m predominately a self-taught seamstress. There’s a lot I can do, but I usually ignore all the extra feet with my machine (save the zipper foot and button-hole foot and blind hem foot – hmm, I guess I use more than I thought) – still, you’ve mentioned several here I’ve never tried before.


  632. molly says:

    great photos. very helpful post. thank you.

  633. dangermom says:

    Clearly I need an open-toe applique foot. Also I have never mastered my machine’s infuriating buttonhole foot and just make do with the ordinary foot. The 1/4″ is my favorite general-use foot, but I sure have snapped a lot of needles on it by switching to zig-zag without looking…

  634. Lori says:

    What a useful guide to all the different feet! I just bought an add-on walking foot for my new low-end machine and didn’t know it would be noisy. Thanks for this post!

  635. Michelle Vivar says:

    Thanks, I have made this post a bookmark. Great help for greens like me.

  636. JenniferM. says:

    This is so helpful! I’ve searched and searched for something just like this for months. Thank you!

  637. Jennifer says:

    Thank you so much for adding all the little details. A couple months ago I bought a couple new feet so I could make quilts for Christmas. They didn’t come with use instructions so I’ve been a bit lost. Thanks for all the helpful info.

  638. Vanna says:

    I love this info! I am always wondering what foot to use when…. so I usually just use the basic foot that came attached to my machine! I need to branch out more.

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