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Sewing machine feet

You do not need 101 various machine feet to complete your sewing project with a professional result. However, having the right foot on the machine makes it a lot easier to achieve the best result for a specific task. We refer to them very often in our sewing step-by-step tutorials. Let’s demystify some of them.

Please note that your presser feet may not look exactly like the ones pictured here. Sewing machine manufacturers are quite creative when it comes to their designs, so look rather for a foot that has similar characteristics.

Universal/zig-zag foot is designed to perform the most essential tasks while sewing at home, like stitching straight to join the parts of a garment and making a zig-zag stitch to neaten raw edges. It is also the one you need to have while using a twin needle [link article Fantastic twin needle] as a substitute for coverlock / overlock machine stitches.

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Zipper foot (for regular zippers) is a real must during zipper insertion. It is designed to stitch very close to the zipper teeth. Also very handy when applying piping into seams.

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Zipper foot (for invisible zippers) is extremely useful while inserting an invisible zipper. The foot has coil(s) underneath which work as a guide for the zipper spiral and make it possible to stitch extremely close to the zipper teeth. It can be also used for a preparation of very narrow piping/cording strips.

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Blind hem foot is the most adaptable, even though a special-purpose foot in your accessory box. It is designed for (almost) invisible machine hemming, but you can also use it to apply patch pockets and appliques. It is also a great tool to make nice, straight top-stitching and edge-stitching if you do not have these sewing feet.

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Edge/Top-stitching foot has a special guide or a bar to make it possible to make a straight stitch, parallel to the edge or other line.

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Hemming foot can be a tricky one to master, but once you know how to use it, it makes wonders by turning a narrow hem and stitching it in one operation. A number of sizes is available for different widths of hems.

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Buttonhole foot is a standard foot coming together with modern, electronic machines. The functionality of a one-step buttonhole can actually be the only reason to buy such a machine if you are not interested in all these fancy stitches that they have. This special foot ensures that the buttonhole has the right size and that multiple-sewn buttonholes are exactly the same.

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