Today is Day 20 of 31 Days of Sewing School.
Most sewing machines come with more than one presser foot. The presser foot is the little metal flat thing that goes along the top of your fabric as you sew along, providing your needle with a flat surface to sew on.
You’ll want to stick with the standard presser foot for straight and zig-zag sewing, but for fancier stitches and other jobs, you’ll need one of the other feet your machine came with (or that you purchased separately).
Let’s look at a few of these, without getting too ahead of ourselves. In a couple of days I’ll show you some fancy stitches, but today we’ll be talking about just the presser feet.
My machine designates its presser feet with a letter– so does my mom’s, and many machines can use generic feet interchangeably. In addition to the standard presser foot (“J” foot for me), my machine came with a few additional presser feet.
Fancy stitch foot– I have to switch to this foot for decorative stitches.
Buttonhole foot/Button fitting foot– really cool tools for sewing a buttonhole and yes, even sewing a button right on with the machine!
Zipper foot– a small foot that sews alongside a zipper and makes zippers pretty easy.
Blind stitch foot– I’ve never used this but it is a way to do a narrow hem (in light-to-medium weight fabric) by machine (takes a lot of practice, according to my mom!).
Quilters might also want to invest in a quarter-inch foot, a stitch-in-the-ditch foot, and a free-motion/darning/quilting foot.
Tomorrow we will look at using your presser foot… to sew a straight line!