Introduction to sewing machine feet

Why do you need to know about sewing machine feet?

Also known as presser feet – and it seems you can’t have too many of them!

Sewing machine presser feet can be a bit of a mystery for sewists everywhere – many don’t know what they are or for, let alone how they can make life easier and more efficient for a whole variety of tasks.

Fortunately, there are many blogs out there from experienced sewing addicts that deal with this very topic – so we thought we’d take the opportunity to draw some of out favourites to your attention…

Different types of sewing machine feet

What better place to start than with the Craftsy sewing blog piece Learn to Sew With Your Feet: Different Types of Sewing Machine Feet.

Maris Olsen who wrote the article comes up with the best benefit-of-sewing-feet-in-a-sentence that we’ve seen so far.

“Presser feet are not just frivolous accessories for your sewing machine; they can help make tough sewing jobs tremendously easier if you are willing to take a few minutes to swap out your universal foot for one or more of the various different types of sewing machine feet.”

Maris then gives her readers a quick overview of many standard sewing feet and their key functions, including zipper, buttonhole, zigzag, blind hem and overlock.

Functions of sewing feet

Our next port of call is the Sew Much Easier website, and our attention in this case has been grabbed by Shelley Hong’s excellent piece A Quick Guide to Your Sewing Machine Presser Feet.

Shelley not only introduces many accessories that will be of considerable use in a huge variety of sewing projects, she details their functionality in depth – very useful in helping you to decide their suitability on your future projects. Her description of the open toe appliqué foot (AKA the open toe embroidery foot) is a very good example and it includes

“Perfect for appliqué, the bottom of the foot has a rectangular shaped indentation, which allows even satin / blanket stitching to glide under the foot without dragging.”

Some of our favourite sewing feet

Here at Sewing Machine central, we love different sewing feet, which is why we’ve so pleased that Jaguar provide such a wonderful range of these marvellous accessories – they’re so useful, save so much time and in one or two cases (without naming names) enable the quality of the finished item to be greatly improved.

That’s the whole point of sewing feet – they make sewing easier and more fun!

Here are a few of our favourites – from the 43 that are currently available.

The Jaguar Border Guide Foot. Having problems lining up or evenly spacing your border designs? That problem can now be solved with the help of the Border Guide Foot.  The secret of this great new foot lies in its red guide markings.

The Jaguar 3 Groove Cording Foot. The foot works perfectly for attaching three cords or threads through grooves on clothing, household linens, etc.

The Jaguar Beading Foot. Sewing on strung beads and pearls has always been a tedious task but the beading feet now go some small way to alleviating this and to add pleasure to embellishing.  Popular bridal wear, evening wear, smart/casual or craft, the beading foot set is a must for your sewing box.

See all Jaguar sewing feet »

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