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Which Sewing Feet Do I Choose?

There are many different types of sewing feet available on the market today, but what are they all used for? We've devised a little guide which features the most common sewing feet, hoping to help make choosing the right ones for your projects that bit easier.

Adjustable Guide Foot

Adjustable Guide Foot

The Adjustable Guide Foot is very similar to the Quarter Inch Foot, but is far more adjustable. Allowing you to use multiple needle positions (such as zigzag), this foot is used as a seam allowance guide for accuracy in stitching – however it doesn't allow for very small seam allowances.

Appliqué Foot

Appliqué Foot

Usually clear or open-toed to see where you're going, the Appliqué Foot is used for easy manoeuvring when sewing appliqué pieces.

Big/Quilting Foot

Big/Quilting Foot

The Big/Quilting Foot is used in free-motion embroidery and, because of its size, gives you the freedom to move your fabric exactly as you please.

Binder Foot

Binder Foot

The Binder Foot comes with a funnel guide for binding edges with a specific size bias binding, depending on the specification of the foot. Used with lightweight fabric, it can sew with a straight, zigzag or decorative stitch.

Buttonhole Foot

Buttonhole Foot

Most machines come with various buttonhole capabilities but if not, the Buttonhole Foot aids you in forming buttonholes in clothing. Instructions will always accompany this foot.

Embroidery/Darning Foot

Embroidery/Darning Foot

Perfect for creating neat and consistent stitch patterns, the Embroidery/Darning Foot allows you to embroider beautiful finishes and embellishments onto your fabric.

Gathering Foot

Gathering Foot

Often used in clothing to hide zips, the Invisible Zipper Foot does a similar job to the Zipper Foot, but instead conceals the zip's teeth. It gently glides over the teeth to push them either side of the roller.

Invisible Zipper Foot

Invisible Zipper Foot

Often used in clothing to hide zips, the Invisible Zipper Foot does a similar job to the Zipper Foot, but instead conceals the zip's teeth. It gently glides over the teeth to push them either side of the roller.

Jean-A-Ma-Jig Foot

Jean-A-Ma-Jig Foot

The Jean-A-Ma-Jig Foot helps you to hem your jeans in a professional, accurate way. Perfect for denim and heavier materials, it helps to protect your needles and thread while stitching.

Piping Foot

Piping Foot

Neatly create corded piping for your home décor projects with the impressive Piping Foot. Providing accurate placement of piping into seams and edges, expect a tailored finish every time.

Presser Foot

Presser Foot

This is the standard foot that comes with most sewing machines. The Presser Foot holds your fabric in place, preventing movement, with an even pressure. Quite a universal foot, it's used for both straight stitching and zigzag stitching.

Quarter Inch Foot

Quarter Inch Foot

This handy little Quarter Inch Foot allows you to achieve a precise quarter inch seam allowance on your fabric, without having to draw it on manually. It even has red markers on it to indicate which point you need to stop sewing when approaching a corner!

Walking Foot

Walking Foot

When sewing two layers of fabric together, the Walking Foot ensures that both bits of fabric are fed through the machine at the same rate. This means that you won't end up with one piece of fabric longer than the other – they will be perfectly aligned.

Zipper Foot

Zipper Foot

The Zipper Foot is primarily used to insert zips into fabric, however can also install cording or piping into cushions. It allows you to sew closely alongside a bulky material and requires extremely careful use of fingers.

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