Sewing Machine Presser Feet - What Are They and How to Use Them

A presser foot is a very changeable part of your sewing machine which allows you to tackle different tasks with ease. Learn about different presser feet and how to use them with these articles that are designed to guide you through using those sewing machine presser feet that you found or purchased and they came without any form of directions.


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    Parts of a Sewing Machine - Presser Foot

    sewing machine presser foot collection
    A Collection of Sewing Machine Presser Feet. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    If you're not sure what a presser foot even is, this is the place for you to start!  Learn how you control the presser foot and adjustments that make a difference.

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    What size shank on my sewing machine?
    Sewing Machine Short or Long Shank. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    This is your first step to know what presser feet you can buy for your sewing machine. It's not as challenging as you might think with this simple to understand explanation.


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    What is and How to Use a 1/4" Presser Foot On Your Sewing Machine

    High-Quality 1/4in. Patchwork Foot w/ Guide. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    It may be called a patchwork foot or quilters foot but there are many more uses that quilting to make a 1/4" foot a worthwhile investment. Learn about them here.


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    Side Cutter Presser Footworking and stitches being sewn
    Side Cutter Presser Foot and Stitching. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    This foot trims the fabric as you sew a seam finish to the newly cut fabric. Will it replace a serger? Is it worth having in your presser foot collection? You decide once you've learned about a side cutter presser foot.


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    Snap On Adjustable Bias tape Binding Foot. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Is this foot worthwhile to have in your sewing machine parts? Read about how it works and my personal opinion of the foot as I ventured into learning about an  Adjustable Bias Tape Binding Foot





  • 06 of 19
    Coats Invisible Zipper Presser Foot
    Coats Invisible Zipper Presser Foot. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    What foot do you need for your machine and how exactly does an invisible zipper foot work? Although an invisible zipper foot does not usually come with your sewing machine, if you do garment sewing, it is a foot that you will eventually purchase. Learn about how and what to use in this article. Then be sure to brush up on your techniques by reading Sewing an Invisible Zipper - Step by Step Photo Enhanced Instructions


  • 07 of 19
    Adjustable Daisy Flower Presser Foot. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Decorative Daisy Flower Stitch Presser Foot is an odd looking foot but what it sews is amazing! Sew perfect circles and so much more. This article details the parts of the foot and the adjustments that are possible with examples of some of the many designs this foot can stitch out for you.


  • 08 of 19
    Use your sewing machine zipper foot.
    A Snap On Zipper Foot in Action. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Not sure which foot is a zipper foot? This page should help you recognize the zipper foot and teach you all about a zipper foot for your sewing machine.  If you're confused about how a snap on zipper foot will work to sew in a zipper? Follow the centered zipper instructions or the  lapped zipper instructions to see this foot in action.

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  • 09 of 19
    Guides to Use on a Presser Foot
    Sewing Guides on a Presser Foot. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

     Did you know that there are many built in guides on almost all sewing machine presser feet? Learn how to find them and use them for expert results with the information in this article. Following a guide is one of the ways to insure sewing straight seams.

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    Organizing and Storing Presser Feet

    Organize and Protect Your Presser Feet. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Having the foot you want, where you can find it is a trick, if you don't have a way to store and organize the feet for your sewing machine. Grab some ideas here!


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    This video is LOADED with tips and tricks to use a rolled hemmer foot on your sewing machine on various fabrics and on a curve to have fantastic results when you are done.  I remember trying this foot on my own many years ago and I remember giving up because of frustration. After this video I'm ready to try again.


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    Singer Sewing Machine Presser Feet
    Singer Sewing Machine Presser Feet. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Do you have  Singer machine and presser feet that came with it? These are wonderful, detailed instructions for using the following Singer sewing machine feet: 1/4" or quilting, Blind Hem, Button Sewing, Cording, Embroidery and Darning, Even Feed or Walking, Gathering, Invisible Zipper, Open Toe, Pintuck, Rolled or Narrow Hem, Ruffler, Shirring, Satin or Special Purpose and a Side Cutter attachment. They include a section on how to use serger specialty feet. Singer's instructions are...MORE superior to many of the instructions I have received with generic sewing machine feet so I strongly recommend that every one reviews these instructions. 

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    Feet available for Husqvarna Viking Sewing machines
    Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine Feet. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Do you own a machine manufactured by Husqvarna Viking? Be sure to scan down this page and review all of the specialty sewing machine feet, and other accessories that are available. You'll be amazed at just how many special effects you can achieve with special sewing machine. Unfortunately they do not include detailed instructions on how to use the feet but they do have detailed photos to show what the feet achieve.

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    Sew Fancy Specialty Sewing Supplies

    Sew Fancy Screen Shot
    Sew Fancy Specialy Sewing Supplies. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Looking for a place with information, to buy collections and see sewing machine presser feet that you probably didn't even know existed? This site is a MUST browse for all of those reasons and more!


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    Bernina Screen Shot
    Bernina At A Glance Feet. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Do you have a Bernina sewing machine and don't have the manual? This guide will be your best friend to know what all those feet are and what they do best.


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    Janome Accessories

    Janome Screen Shot
    Janome accessories. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    If you're a Janome fan, you want to explore the possibilities for your Janome sewing machine. Be sure to click the specific foot for information about the foot and ordering possibilities.

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    Baby Lock Sewing Machine Accessories - Feet

    Baby Lock Screen Shot
    Baby Lock Sewing Machine Feet. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

     This is your resource if you own a BabyLock sewing machine or serger! Pages and pages of sewing machine and serger feet with information about what those feet are used for and part numbers to order those feet.

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    Sabrina Blog Screen Shot
    Fashion Blog Presser Foot Information. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    A great resource from "The dressmaking and pattern cutting blog of a Fashion Degree student ". This site details all kinds of information about sewing machine feet that can achieve all kinds of sewing tasks. Stop over and browse for sewing machine feet you didn't know you need!


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    Jenny's Sewing Studio Presser Foot Videos

    Jenny's Sewing Studio Screen Shot
    Jenny's Sewing Studio Feet Videos. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    If your sewing machine came with a pile of feet and even your sewing machine manual leaves you pondering what those feet are, this page is your resource! Videos may be the perfect solution for you to understand how a sewing machine presser foot works!


An old sewing machine CAN learn new tricks with the simple addition of specialty sewing machine feet. Achieve new techniques and professional results with a foot that gets the job done!