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6 basic presser feet and sewing accessories you need to know

Presser foot are essential for sewing. These little components can help utilize the sewing machine and let you sew different parts of a project. There are many types of presser feet serving different purposes, but there are always a few that stick around as they help you work on the basic and common parts of a sewing project. We’ve curated a series of videos for you to know the basics better.

Multi purpose foot

Multi purpose foot is the bread and butter of the presser feet. You simply can’t sew without it. Each sewing machine comes with one, and it can essentially sew most types of fabrics. It can insert elastic and work on simple mending. When working with different fabrics, you need to use the suitable needle and thread for secure sewing. You can check the pairing recommendation in your instruction manual.

Sew easy foot

Just started sewing and worrying about not being able to sew straight seams? A sew easy foot can help you sew them with confidence. With an extension marked with common sewing allowance measurements and a movable fabric guide, you can line up the fabric with the guide and start straight seams.

Button sewing foot

If you need to sew clothes, chances are that you'll be using a button sewing presser foot. This accessory saves time for button sewing. When sewing buttons, use a zigzag stitch, suitable stitch width and disengage the sewing machine’s feed. Depending on the machine model, you may sew the button in 1 step or 4 steps.

Zipper foot

Zipper foot is another time-saving basic presser foot for sewing garments. While there may be different styles, the zipper foot comes with an extension in front, making it also able to sew trims that have seam allowances or headers. It can also be used to insert piping and sew long areas that are more bulky on the one side than the other.

Overcast foot

Sometimes called an overedge foot, the overcast foot is used to create seam finish at the edge of the seam allowance, and also be used to sew a seam and an edge finish simultaneously. When sewing a seam finish, you can choose either a zigzag, multi zigzag, or an overedge stitch. Overcast foot can also be used to sew ribbings to cuffs, sleeves and necakges by using an overedge or slide overedge stitch.

Clearance plate

Working with bulky seams or fabrics? You can use clearance pate to make sewing easier. One side of the plate is thicker than another, so pick the one suitable for the thickness of the seam or hem to be sewn, so that the presser foot will be level. The clearance plate can also use to remove and replace needles.

Change presser foot

While some presser feet require different changing methods, it is easy to change presser feet with a snap-on mechanism. You can check out this video for a simple demonstration.

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