Your sewing machine’s presser foot holds the fabric down against the feed dogs, but did you know that changing your presser foot can help your sewing machine achieve amazing things?
Sometimes a sewing pattern will tell you exactly which foot to use (like installing the zipper foot before you sew a zipper). But lots of times knowing how the feet that came with your machine work will help you use the right one for the job.
Here’s a handy guide for some of the most common sewing machine presser feet. Hopefully your machine came with all (or most) of them. Scroll down to the bottom for a printable version of this guide to keep handy all the time!
Zig-zag or all-purpose foot – Use for most utility sewing from straight stitch to zig-zag stitching.
Clear satin stitch or embroidery foot – the open toe and clear plastic allow you to easily see your stitches.
Zipper foot – used for inserting zippers. You can also use it to attach piping or decorative cording.
Invisible zipper foot – specialty foot with two grooves on the bottom that guide the zipper teeth.
Sliding buttonhole foot – plastic and metal sliding foot for stitching automatic buttonholes.
1/4 inch foot – used for piecing quilt blocks, sewing narrow 1/4-inch seams and topstitching.
Adjustable blind-hem foot – designed for easily stitching a blind hem and includes an adjustable guide for accuracy.
Walking foot – has a set of feed dogs to help feed multiple layers evenly without shifting. Wonderful for fabrics that stretch or slip easily. Learn all about how to use a sewing machine walking foot.
Download a printable version of my Presser Foot Guide to keep next to your sewing machine. The best way to get to know how each foot works is to use it!
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