How to put the foot on the sewing machine

We study the universal sewing foot

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We continue the analysis of the purpose of the different legs. What can be said about the common universal sewing machine foot? Today we will look at the different types of attachment, the design of this clamping foot, and the determination of the height of lift.

Universal sewing machine foot. is a type of presser foot that all standard sewing machines use. It can be called by many names such as standard, straightstitch or basic.

What is the purpose of the universal foot?

Depending on the design of the foot at the point of needle entry, it can be used for straight stitching, zigzag stitching or some decorative stitches.

This foot is usually used for sewing seams, hemstitching, and any other sewing task that calls for straight or zigzag stitching.

All models have a universal foot, and it is usually installed on the sewing machine if you have never changed the foot.

What is the purpose of the universal foot? holds the fabric in place while the feed dogs underneath provide traction, bringing the fabric to the needle. The universal presser foot is secured by a spring, which gives it the flexibility to.

Two kinds of fastening of clips

In the design of the sewing machine, all feet are fixed to a special stem. foot-holder, which performs up and down movement, secured by a screw or a special quick clamp.

In some models, the feet are screwed to the stem. An adapter can be used to install modern presser feet on old sewing machines.

The adapter is screwed to the stem like a regular foot. And then modern legs are “snapped” to it.

To remove the foot, press the lever behind the adapter and. foot unhooked!

How to use the hemming foot

Is there a quick and easy way to get a perfect hem on thin, sheer fabrics or a rounded edge on a skirt? Answer. Yes, if you use the hemming foot.

Hemming foot, double hemming foot, hemming foot for narrow selvedges. These are all names of one great sewing machine foot. It has a curved channel at the front that doubles the raw edge before the needle stitches the edge. This eliminates the need to manually press the fabric down before sewing and creates a perfectly straight and neat narrow edge.

Most modern sewing machines come with a hemming foot. But if you don’t have it, you can buy it separately at craft stores or online. I’ve seen some feet cost quite a bit, but I don’t think there’s any difference between them. So I don’t see the point in buying expensive ones.

What does the hemming foot look like??

This foot is for a Janome sewing machine. It snaps into place so you can quickly change to another presser foot if needed. Some machines have a screw-in variety of these feet.

Notice the curved channel on the front of the foot. This is the edge-folding tool.

Why use the hemming foot?

  • It’s faster to hemm the edge with the hemming foot than to hemm the edge by hand and then stitch the edge straight;
  • The edge is neat and straight;
  • You can hem the edge in sheer and synthetic fabrics that are difficult to wrap the edge in;
  • It is easiest to use the foot on straight edges, but with a little practice, you can use it for rounded hems as well;
  • The hemming foot is not suitable for sewing in corners and tight curves.

In the red dress below, the edges of all ruffles and sleeves have a fine hemming. Pink dress. hem and sleeve edges. Both fabrics are likely to be a mix of polyester and other materials, and it would be impossible to bend the edge without a special foot.

Types of hems

In order to allow for different widths of hems, the double hemming feet come in different sizes. The most common type of presser foot. This is a 3mm width. They also come in 6mm. If you have a curved hem or sheer fabric to hem, using a smaller foot size will give you the best results.

How To: Change Presser Foot on Sewing Machine (Sewing for Beginners)

Setting up your sewing machine for sewing with the hemming foot

Set a small stitch length on your sewing machine. Because of the narrow width of the edge, the stitch will look more professional if you set a step length of about 2 mm.

If you need to sew an edge with a zigzag stitch, it is quite possible with this foot.

How to prepare an edge of fabric?

Check the fabric to make sure the edge is not unraveled or stretched. A clean, straight cut will result in a neat edge without threads sticking out or fabric sticking out.

If the fabric is very crumbly, trim the edge just before sewing.

So, let’s look at the sequence of work with the foot:

Fold up the edge twice in 3 mm increments. Secure it with a pin, as shown in the picture.

We need to manually bend 8 cm from the beginning of the edge.

sewing preparations

Lower the presser foot to the fabric and remove the pin. Make 4 stitches, holding the thread at work, so that the stitch is fixed on the fabric.

If you forget and don’t hold the threads in the back, you may have a thread jam.

Stitch the edge

After sewing four stitches, stop the machine so the needle stays in the fabric. That would keep the fabric from slipping out when we lifted the presser foot.

Raise the presser foot and slide the folded fabric into the bend in the presser foot. Lower the presser foot again.

The trick is not to twist the fabric too much. Let the presser foot do the work itself. Start sewing by guiding the fabric.

Look how graceful the edge is! I couldn’t have gotten this result without the special selvedge foot (3mm). In the past, when I tried to fold an edge by hand, I burned my fingers with an iron when ironing the edge.

Tips for using the hemming foot

  • While sewing, bend the edge slightly. It took me a little practice to figure out exactly how to hold the edge to get the best results.
  • Do not try to twist or pull the cloth, let the bent channel do all the work. You will probably have to stop work often to move your hand forward.
  • If your hem looks wrinkled or stretched after hem folding, steam iron it. Do not iron, but just lower and lift, so as not to create unnecessary folds. If you stretch the hem a little while steaming it, it will flatten out and lay nicely.

How to do the corners?

If you need to bend an edge with a corner, you need to do it in 2 steps. Sew the first edge all the way through. Then do the same thing with the second hem.

Note: The neatest way to hem the edge at a corner is to use a regular foot to hem the edge in an envelope. But this method will take a little longer.

Now that you have an idea of how to use the hemming foot, I hope you will put this knowledge into practice and create beautiful things for yourself and your loved ones.

Thank you for your attention, have a nice day and see you soon!

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I will definitely try it that way. I bought these legs, it took me half a day. On the YouTube video they have so easy, just plug and go, but the video is a little edited. You push the fabric, it goes into the snail and that’s it, it goes no further, and if you start sewing like that, the thread gets tangled. They also suggested that I sew on a thread, pull on it, but that’s also bullshit. I’ll try this method, it makes the most sense in my opinion.

This way is really the most convenient. The seam is perfect from the start. The only thing I would add that the fabric in front of the presser foot should be folded to twice the width of the value indicated on the foot, then it will work correctly. That is, if the foot at 3 mm, then the bending should be 6 mm.

Types of feet that are most commonly used by needlewomen when sewing, or that come with the sewing machine:

  • the universal foot performs straight stitch and zigzag stitch;
  • The overlock foot makes overlock stitches without cutting the fabric;
  • The piping foot is used when you want to sew a border to the edge of the fabric;
  • top feeder. foot, designed to work with thin, slippery fabrics and for stitching blankets, coats, etc.;
  • the shaped stitch foot makes decorative stitches that help things look unusual;
  • The invisible stitch foot allows you to discreetly thread the bottom edge of a garment or join several parts of a product;
  • Quilting foot is used when you want to sew a lot of patches in one product;
  • Buttonhole foot, buttonhole foot, zipper foot. foot for one specific function that will do it faster and better than hand sewing.

Perfect stitch secrets for beginners

To learn how to do stitching, you need to get your hand. Sewers starting out professionally have to spend months honing their stitching skills with an ordinary quilt or coat stitching foot. But with a few sewing tricks, you can simplify the task.

The perfect stitch is the result of hard practice (

  • Lay and staple the layers evenly, and if the fabric can be ironed, run an iron over it beforehand.
  • Draw a sketch of the pattern and mark the directions in which the foot will move.
  • If you make a stitch clothes, then perform shaped stitching on a whole cloth, and only then cut it into pieces.
  • When working with “naughty” fabric, which in addition can not be pierced to fix it, fix it with staples, binders, tape.

Quilting foot: types

Foot for free-motion stitching is used when you want to do darning, embroidery or stitching on a non-standard path. Foot sole transparent, so it is convenient to monitor the performance of the seam and the material. The foot is equipped with a spring, can be open. Also allows the seamstress to adjust the fabric feed independently.

Quilting foot copes well with turns when sewing, easily sewing several layers of fabric.

The walking foot is ideal for quilt stitching because it grips the fabric well, does not bind the lower layer of fabric, and makes stepping movements unlike the bottom feeder.

BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) foot has a sensor which monitors the movement of the fabric under the foot. Regardless of sewing speed the stitch length will be the same. The foot performs straight and zigzag stitches. The only limitation: This foot is only suitable for up to 5 Bernina sewing machines.

Further information. The sewing feet for industrial sewing machines are not the same as those for domestic sewing machines, but the principle is the same

How to sew with a walking foot: Instruction manual

  • Sew the first stitch in the center from edge to edge of the garment along the marked lines. Then make a stitch parallel to the line stitch made in one direction. Then stitch all lines in the opposite direction. This way the product will not be skewed on the wrong side.
  • Keep in mind that the sketched line and the stitching may not match because the inner layer will deform, as will the product itself. In that case, use a ruler for the foot.
  • If the lines on the fabric are far apart, pull the fabric taut when you stitch.
  • The step stitch foot does not only perform straight stitches. Diversify the pattern of the product and other types of stitching.

Installing the quilting foot

To put another foot on the sewing machine is not difficult. The main thing is to do everything carefully and without sudden movements.

Put the foot on the rod is not difficult at all (

  • Unscrew the fixing screw with a screwdriver (usually counterclockwise).
  • Remove the standard holder and the foot.
  • Install the quilting foot on the quilting pin. The needle fixing screw on the needle clamp must be in the groove of the foot pin.
  • Tighten the mounting screw on the stem.
  • Make a test stitch.

How to choose the right foot for your stitching

Use your sewing machine to measure the height of the presser foot. This is the distance from the center of the screw that holds the foot to the base of its sole. Also measure the distance from the center of the screw to the needle. For a more accurate measurement, unscrew the screw that secures the presser foot. Write down this number or make a cardboard template to measure this figure in the store, because there are both high and low fit presser feet.

Important! Measure presser foot seating height when lowered

Comparison of stitching feet

Aurora free-motion machine stitch foot. Foot suitable for embroidery, quilting and stitching. Made entirely of metal. The base of the foot is open, allowing you a better view when sewing. The drive lever lifts the needle up and frees the fabric to move it freely. It presses down on the fabric, providing the necessary conditions for sewing.

The Janome quilting foot not only does stitching, but also darning, quilting, embroidery. The presser accessory forms correct stitches, reduces seam skipping and stitching tautness. This foot fits on sewing machines with a horizontal hook.

The Brother fabric stitch foot is made of clear molded plastic with an open toe. Its fit is quite low and the foot itself is small. Makes beautiful quilts, embroidery and stitching.


Elena: “I use a Pfaff sewing machine. I decided to try quilting and learn how to quilt. I bought a universal foot. Oddly enough it fit my machine. While I’m sewing straight stitches. The foot is great for quilt quilting. Just what I needed.

Often the feet from one company will fit on a different brand of sewing machine (

Julia: “I bought a simple Janom electromechanical sewing machine at Waldberis. On Aliexpress I ordered the quilting foot. It didn’t fit, of course. In a sewing store I was advised to buy an adapter “Brotcher” (or “Brazier”). I bought it, installed it. the foot is like a flush on it. It sews great. For my tasks are quite enough.”.

A variety of quilt stitching, quilting, or embroidering designs on fabric can help. Their task is to quickly and accurately transform your creative fantasies into reality. See more details in the video below.

Sewing foot, simulating overlock stitch

Even without overlock, you can overcast the seam of the fabric. And not with a zigzag stitch like on a seagull sewing machine, but with a nice overlock stitch. However, please note that no straight-line sewing machine can “fully” overcast the edges of the fabric. It only mimics overlock stitching, and if stretched significantly, the threads in it can burst. Such a sewing foot is usually included with any modern household sewing machine. To sweep the edge of the fabric, you need to change the top thread setting of the sewing machine. Upper thread tension should be adjusted so that the intertwining of the two threads is exactly at the edge of the fabric.

Darning fixture

When darning, the feed dog must be turned off and the feed dog tooth position switch must be set to “B”. Embroidery, so that the teeth when working do not protrude over the needle plate and do not move the fabric. The material is moved by hand, the moment the darning tool and needle are lifted over the fabric. Foot with ruler, available in a set of sewing machine Chayka, Podolsk is designed to perform parallel stitches. The ruler, extended to the desired width, helps control the distance between the stitches. The edge of the ruler runs along the already made stitching and this allows you to make parallel stitches without pre-marking, for example when quilt stitching.

Buttonhole foot

Note! For flat buttons only. Set the width of the zig-zag on the machine to match the distance between the button holes. Disconnect the lower conveyor or install the darning plate. Place the button on the fabric, according to the markings, so that the button is secured / the temporary Madeira fabric adhesive is able to hold the button for the duration of the work /. Slowly lower the needle bar. Make sure that the needle hits the left hole of the button. Aligning the button holes, stitch in slow mode so that the needle then hits the right hole of the button. For buttons with 4 holes: Move the needle to the next pair of holes, and then do the same thing.

Standard sewing foot set

Most often, a sewing foot set contains no more than three to five sewing feet. All-in-one foot, zipper foot, zigzag foot and buttonhole foot (semi-automatic). In expensive models set of legs consists of 10-15 legs, and the body of the machine has a special compartment for their storage, as in this photo. However, you should know that you can always buy additional feet if you want to. True, provided that they are made by the same manufacturer as the sewing machine and suitable for this model.

Overlock foot. a real sewing aid

Not so long ago bought clothes can be immediately distinguished from the sewn in the home by the quality of processing seams. Industrial technology allowed for durable and beautifully overstitched selvedges of products. Modern household sewing machines give you the opportunity to overstitch so that even the wrong side of the sewn thing looks neat, and the fabric does not crumble. It requires overlock foot, which is installed on the sewing device. It provides an evenly stitched and neatly overstitched edge without pulling on the fabric.

Top 10 most needed sewing machine feet

There are a huge number of sewing machine presser feet on the market. Although they all perform different functions, but if you have a set of 10 feet, whose purpose we’ll break down today, you can perform almost all the necessary sewing tasks.

I’m sure you have some sewing machine feet that come with your sewing machine. Why not learn how to use them?? They can greatly improve your sewing!

Taking a little time to learn and then properly installing your presser feet and needles can turn your sewing idea into a point of pride!

Depending on the brand of your sewing machine, presser feet may be on snaps or screws.

Most modern machines use the snap-in method, which allows for quick and easy presser foot changes. Older machines usually have screw-on feet that are attached to the machine with a large screw. Although they take a couple of seconds longer to change, they are also very easy to use, so you shouldn’t have a problem changing the feet on these types of devices.

What are the most important sewing feet?? We’ve compiled a list of the 10 most important presser feet that will allow you to perform almost any sewing task.

All machines come with a universal foot that is used to sew straight and zigzag stitches on a wide variety of fabrics. It can also be called a general purpose foot, a straight stitch foot, or a standard foot.

If you have an older machine with only one of these feet, you can successfully handle 90% of your sewing tasks. You don’t have to have fancy gadgets to sew beautiful clothes and other items. It is still. The most important foot for your sewing machine.

The hemstitch foot (sometimes called the hemstitch foot, or duck foot) is used to create narrow selvedges on thin and opaque fabrics. It folds hem and straight stitches simultaneously, so you can save time on ironing. It has a special “folding” attachment on the front for tucking the edge. The hemming foot is best for straight edge rather than rounded edge. Basic sizes. 3 and 6mm.

Read more about this foot here.

Zipper foot

These sewing machine feet allow you to sew right up to the edge of the zipper teeth, piping or thicker edges. Most zipper feet allow the needle to be positioned on either the left or right side of the zipper. The photo below shows several zipper foot designs. They all have the same thing in that the needle holes are on the side instead of in the middle like regular foot foot.

You can also buy the optional invisible zipper foot (you can read more about it here). But even an invisible zipper can be successfully sewn with the regular zipper foot.

Most modern machines have a type of stitching called an overlock imitation. The way it works is of course different than a real overstitching machine. The overlock will trim a raw edge and then overcast it, while the overlock foot will not. This means you have to trim the edge yourself just before sewing.

Invisible hemming foot

This foot is capable of neatly hemming an edge. It has a metal guide that helps the machine create precise stitching for an invisible edge.

The first 4 feet likely come with your sewing machine. The last 6 can be purchased individually or as a set. Of all the feet, I often use the Teflon foot, so check this one out.

This handy foot glides over leather and vinyl fabric without sticking. I often use Teflon presser feet for sewing Lycra and other intricate fabrics and even use it more often than the universal foot for regular sewing.

Since these feet are made of a plastic-like material, they do wear out. So I change them about once a year. You can see from the photo that I really love this foot ;)))

Creasing foot

This foot creases lightweight fabrics when sewing. It can be used to tack and sew at the same time. If you do this regularly, the foot will save you a lot of time.

The main thing to realize is that this sewing foot is designed for light and thin fabrics and creates only lightweight gathers. If you need a foot for folds in thicker fabrics, check out foot 0 in our list.

Sewing foot for buttonholes

The look of the buttonhole foot varies a lot from manufacturer to manufacturer, but their purpose. create smooth and perfect looking buttonholes.

Buttonholes can also be made with a zigzag stitch with a transparent foot, as in the photo below left.

Long white buttonhole foot (see “The buttonhole foot”).

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