Sewing Machine Presser Feet - Topic Overview

Hi Everyone! Let's talk about - Sewing Machine Presser Feet! 

Throughout this 8 part topic (spanning over 2 months), we will cover a variety of presser feet for use with a standard sewing machine. I'm really excited about this opportunity to go deep into this topic, exploring the specific use of the different feet. Together we will learn to make the most of the machines we have, save time and create beautiful garments by using the presser feet for the purposes they're designed for! Exciting, right?

I'll be demonstrating these presser feet while sewing a variety of Liberty Jane designs. I'll try to show you examples of the difference with and without the foot to give you a clear understanding of the difference it can make.

Over the course of this topic we will cover (this is a little bit different than mentioned in the video, spreading it out a bit at the beginning):

  • The Topic Overview (Part 1)
  • Installation Basics (Part 1)
  • Presser Feet Re-cap - Buttonhole foot, Walking Foot, Zipper Foot (Part 1)
  • Edgestitch Foot, Blind Stitch Foot, Overcast Foot (Part 2)
  • Pintuck Foot and Non-stick Foot (Part 3)
  • Invisible Zipper compared to regular Zipper (Part 4)
  • Button Foot (Part 5)
  • Narrow Hem Foot (Part 6)
  • Ruffler Foot (Part 7)
  • Recap and additional uses for mentioned feet (Part 8)

There are so many different presser feet to explore. It's going to be a fun course!

Are you ready? Let's go...

In the videos posted below, I share with you an overview of the two-month topic and then walk you through some basic presser feet installation instruction. many of you may already be familiar with your machine and know how to swap out the presser feet - that's great! If you're new to this, I'd encourage you to watch the video, and if you need some extra help for your specific machine model, look for a tutorial on youtube. Many brands offer this as a resource, and it can be very helpful in understanding how your specific machine operates!







Presser Foot Installation Basics:


Video Info:

  • I am demonstrating presser feet on the two models I have access to - a Bernina and A Brother Innovis 990D. The feet pictured are brand specific. I've referenced the term "Low Shank" as something that works with a Brother or SInger machine (as is that is my understanding) - but please check your machine and the brands specified when looking for specific presser feet. I am honestly most familiar with the Bernina 330 - so if I I presented any of that info incorrectly, I apologize!

Week One task:

  • Take a look at your machine. Note the brand and model. Take an inventory of the presser feet you already have. 
  • If needed, watch the Installation Basics video.
  • Take a look at the first set of presser feet videos posted here. many of you have been in SWC for a while and may have already seen these, but many have not. Take the time to practice and explore one or all of these feet this week!
  • Jump over the SWC Facebook Group for conversation and project sharing.

Resource List:

  • Generic Low Shank Feet - Use coupon code PF10 to get 10% off orders at Home Sew!
  • Authentic Brand Presser Feet - Quality Sewing offers a large variety of brand specific presser feet as well as other sewing machine parts! Visit their website or call their very friendly and helpful customer service! This is the store that I visit regularly, in person. They're the largest chain of sewing machine stores in Washington state and they're eager to help you find what you need! They are an authorized dealer for Bernina, Brother, Juki, Pfaff, and Viking brands.
  • Many people are talking about this 32 piece set of generic low shank presser feet. It's inexpensive, so it seems like a great deal. But I am not endorsing this one - I haven't used it and am unsure of its long-term quality. :)
  • Check Amazon - they have a variety of supplies too!

Presser Foot Tutorials:


Button Hole Foot (begins at 8:46): 



Next Tuesday - Part 2: The Non-stick, Edgestitch, Blind Stitch and Overcast Foot



July 03, 2018

@Judy @Kathleen Sorry! I’m adding them to the collection now – you can download them from there :)

Kathleen Cummings
Kathleen Cummings

July 03, 2018

Is there a way to download and save the tutorials on the presser feet? I saved the intro to presser feet and the presser feet basics, but don’t see how to save the tutorials.


July 03, 2018

Thank you very much. On the blog, only the video for Overview and Installation is downloadable. The videos for Zipper Foot and Button Hole Foot are not downloadable.


July 03, 2018

@Marcy – Thanks so much! I agree, time to get those feet out of the drawer and do some sewing :)

Marcy Mahle
Marcy Mahle

July 03, 2018

I am so glad that you are doing a class on pressure feet. It will be fun to actually see what the different feet do and I look forward to learning how to use some of the feet that are simply lying in a drawer. Thank you for all the wonderful topics you pick for Sewing With Cinnamon classes. I love everything. Better yet, I am learning so much.

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