There are 100's of different sewing machine feet and attachments available for today's sewing machines. In this video and post, I am going to cover the basic feet that usually come with a new sewing machine. I do plan on covering the others in future post and videos!
The Essential Feet Usually Included With New Machines
- All-purpose Foot. This foot has quite a few names: the standard foot, zigzag foot, universal presser foot, all-purpose foot, and general purpose presser foot. It has a wide needle hole that fits the widest stitch on your sewing machine. It is the foot you will use most
- The two-sided zipper foot. It snaps onto your sewing machine like any other snap-on presser foot, but instead of snapping on in the center, you snap it onto either the left or the right side of the center of the foot. It lets you get closer to what you are sewing than you can get with the standard presser foot.
- Adjustable Blind Hem Foot. You turn that little wheel on the right-hand side to move the white guide left or right. The fold of the fabric buts against the guide and the machine sews a blind hem, catching just a little of the fold in the swing of the stitch.
- The buttonhole foot. There are two common types of buttonhole feet, the 1 step and the 4 step. The four-step buttonhole is referred to as an automatic buttonhole foot. It creates the buttonhole in one step with no measuring required. The With the 4 step buttonhole foot you have to measure the button and make the buttonhole in 4-steps on your sewing machine.If you sew clothing the buttonhole foot will quickly become one of your favorite feet. It looks odd but is easy to use once you get the hang of it.
5. overlocking foot, also called an Overcasting Foot, even though it is for a sewing machine and not for an overlocker/serger. There is a metal guide against which you butt the edge of the fabric. Using a zigzag stitch or any other overcasting stitch on your sewing machine that will fit, you neaten the raw edge to prevent it from fraying.
6. Satin Stitch Foot, also called a monogramming foot, and possibly an embroidery stitch foot. It looks very like a standard presser foot, except it may be wider and it has a deeper tunnel underneath for the denser stitching to go through smoothly. If you tried satin stitching with your standard presser foot, the fabric might not feed through because the stitches wouldn't fit under your standard presser foot. It would be like trying to get a lorry under a too-low bridge.7. Button Sewing Foot. You use it with the feed dogs down or covered so the fabric and the button to stay put. It goes on your sewing machine with the blue end facing you and the button underneath. Set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch. Turn the handwheel towards you; to make sure the width lets the needle go down the holes on the button.
Amazon has the above Sewing Machine Presser Feet Set priced for under $20.
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