Use this sewing machine feet guide to make your sewing faster, more accurate and easier. Depending on the brand of your machine, the feet may be snap on or screw on. Most modern machines use the snap on method making it fast and easy to change feet. I’m sure you have quite a few of these that came with your machine. Why not try them and see how much it improves your sewing. A little extra time taken to get the right foot and needle in your machine can make your project turn into a professional looking item you will be proud of.
SEWING MACHINE FEET GUIDE
What are the Best Sewing Machine Feet?
1. General Purpose Foot (Universal Foot)
All machines come with a general purpose metal foot which is used for straight stitching and simple zig-zag on a wide variety of fabrics.
2. Rolled Hemming Foot
A hemming foot is used to sew a narrow rolled hem on fine fabrics. It turns the hem and sews it in place all at the same time so saves you a lot of time in pressing. See how it has a curled front edge to turn the hem. (Read how to use a rolled hem foot)
Great for the Isabella ruffle baby romper sewing pattern.
3. Zipper Foot
This foot enables you to sew close to the edge of zipper teeth, piping and bulky edges. Most zipper feet allow you to position the needle either to the left or right of the foot.
4. Overlock (Overedge) Foot
Most modern machines are able to create an overlocked edge for knits and wovens. This foot will help bind the edge neatly. (Read seam finishes without a serger)
5. Blind-Hemming Foot
This foot has a metal guide to create accurate stitching for your invisible blind hem. (Read how to sew a blind hem)
6. Teflon foot
This useful foot glides over leather and vinyl fabrics without sticking. I also use it a lot for sewing lycra and other difficult fabrics. (Read how to sew leather)
7. Gathering foot
This handy foot gathers lightweight fabrics as you sew. It can even gather and join fabrics at the same time. If you do gathering regularly it will save you so much time. (Read gathering foot tutorial – how to gather quickly)
8. Buttonhole Foot
The look of buttonhole feet do vary a lot from brand to brand but its purpose is to create smooth and perfect looking buttonholes. This one is from my Janome machine.
9. 1/4 inch seam foot
This foot will give you perfect 1/4 seams. You can purchase them with or without the guide. The foot with the guide is great for top stitching flaps on bags and clutches.
10. Ruffler foot
The last item in my sewing machine feet guide is the ruffler foot. This fancy contraption is amazing for pleating and gathering all kinds of fabrics. Like a gathering foot, it can ruffle and stitch to a flat piece of fabric all at the same time. (Read how use a ruffler foot)
Where Buy Sewing Machine Feet
Save money and purchase your sewing machine feet in a multi-pack. These packs will fit most low shank machines and can greatly increase your sewing enjoyment, quality and productivity.
SEWING EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS – STARTING SEWING
- Part 1 – Best sewing tools for beginners on a budget
- Part 2 – How to choose sewing scissors and cutting tools
- Part 3 – Sewing machine feet guide – 10 of the best feet to own
- Part 4 – How to choose sewing machine needles – Beginners guide
- Part 5 – Tools to mark fabric for sewing
Have you tried most of these in my sewing machine feet guide? Which one is your favorite? Please share your thoughts.