Types of Presser Feet

| May 20, 2015

A presser foot is a small metal piece that you can find around the needle of your sewing machine. There are several kinds of presser feet, and they are all used for different purposes. So if you are wanting to do something special to whatever you are sewing, and your foot just can’t fit the job, you are in need of a new presser foot. Here are the most common presser feet and their individual purposes.

Types of Presser Feet

Types of Presser Feet

ZigZag Foot

The zigzag foot is usually the foot you receive when you purchase a sewing machine. It allows you to make a moderate zig zagged stitch, and you can also make a straight stitch.

Zipper Foot

The zipper foot’s purpose is pretty self-explanatory. It’s used to sew piping and zippers. Whenever you are sewing a zipper onto something, you want to have as little edge as possible to be visible so you’ll have a good smooth seam. You can choose the type of zipper you use on your item. The two most common kinds of zippers are traditional and dress zippers. A zipper foot allows you to create tight seams when piping and when you are adding zippers to objects.

Buttonhole Foot

The buttonhole foot helps you and your sewing machine create perfect buttonholes. You don’t have to worry about buying a new buttonhole foot depending on the size of your buttons. You can adjust the size of your buttonhole with this foot. You can find out how to do this on the instruction manual of your machine. Depending on how your sewing machine has been programmed, you should be able to create buttonholes of all sizes.

Cording Foot

This foot is closely related to a zipper foot. It is simply used to stitch over thinner cording when the foot is on the opposite side of the fabric. This foot is mainly used for decorative reasons.

1/4″ Seam Foot

Most foots sewing machines only allow you to create a 1/2″ seam. If you are looking for a smaller seam and a more exact and precise look, you will need this foot.

Narrow Rolled Hem Foot

You usually want to make a discrete hem when dealing with fine fabrics. This foot will help you create that discrete hemline you desire.

Quilting 1/4″ Seam Foot

Before this foot came out, quilters had to sew their quilts by hand. With this foot, they can make perfect angles and corners even when they are sewing together different pieces of fabric.

Walking Foot

This foot best used when you are working on a thick project with multiple layers of fabric. This quilt allows you to sew together these multiple layers of fabric cleanly. Where with the average foot, the teeth would struggle with creating a clean look and the work would not look like it was of high quality.

Gathering Foot

With a gathering foot, creating perfect ruffles has been made a lot easier. The gathering foot is most commonly used when sewing curtains, party dresses, and things like tutus.

Roller Foot

Some fabrics are not as smooth and are stickier than what most foots can handle. Leather and suede are examples of these fabrics. The roller foot allows you to easily work with these more difficult fabrics. So you don’t have to worry about the fabric not flowing smoothly through the machine.

Blind Hem Foot

When you are wanting to create a special hemline, this is the foot you will need to use. You can adjust the foot following the directions to fit your needs for your hemline. You should really read through the instruction manual before using this foot because it is different rom most foots.

Open Toe Foot

This foot is used for smaller precise stitching. It’s usually used for applying lace or similar things to your project.

So these are presser feet that you can use when you need to add something specific or do something different to your sewing projects. They all look different from one another too. These are the most commonly used kinds of presser feet, and with these you should be able to tackle just about any sewing challenge. So if you are in need of one of these presser feet, look into how it can help you today.

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