My Top Five Sewing Machine Feet

Having the right tools for the job can make such a difference to any sewing task, especially when it comes to sewing machine feet. Ok it is possible to complete most tasks with a very limited selection of feet, but use the feet designed with the specific task in mind and they can take it from tricky and time consuming to fun and easy. Here I share my top five sewing machine feet, which save me time and my sanity!


Hi everyone and welcome to the Sew Essential vlog. Today I'm sharing my top five sewing machine feet.

These are the feet I turn to time and time again to make life easier, save me time and get consistently good results.

Before I start I should mention we are specialist dealers of Janome, Husqvarna, Pfaff, Brother and Elna sewing machines and sewing machine feet and accessories. You can find a huge range of sewing machine accessories on our site and I've included the link below.

It is very important to always check the compatibility charts we include on our website to make sure any accessories or feet are compatible with your machine.

We would never recommend using anything other than branded sewing machine feet made with your sewing machine model in mind. As such we include a compatibility chart so that you can easily check sewing machine feet and accessories will work with your machine.

Seam Guide Foot

This foot is pretty much always on my machine. It has handy little markings at 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" and 5/8" which you line up with the edge of your fabric to create perfectly even seams every time.

I first started using it as a beginner sewer when I was finding it difficult to follow the markings on my needleplate. My Mother in Law suggested I try one of these seam guide feet and I have used it ever since.

It is also great if you need to create parallel lines of stitching too.

Walking Foot

A walking foot is a great investment and, again, I use mine all the time.

You hook the arm over the needle bar of your machine and it makes the feed dogs on the bottom of the walking foot work with the feed dogs on the machine to feed the fabric through evenly. This is ideal when working with a range of fabrics, which can be difficult to control.

For example jersey or knit fabrics can be difficult to sew on a sewing machine without a walking foot.

A walking foot will force both layers of the fabric to feed through at an even rate whereas the top and bottom layers of jersey fabric will often feed through at different rates without a walking foot thanks to the stretch in the fabric.

A walking foot is also excellent for sewing with velvet and silky fabrics such as crepe de chine or satin. In fact any fabric where you think it might not behave itself!

Invisible Zipper Foot

It is possible to sew an invisible zip without an invisible zipper foot, but my goodness it is easier if you have one.

This is because the invisible zipper foot has two little grooves on the underside, which you slot over the zipper teeth and this allows you to get nice and close to the teeth when stitching and to sew evenly.

Quarter Inch Foot

This may come as a surprise, but one of my favourite feet, which I use all of the time is this quarter inch foot. Not in the traditional sense - sewing 1/4" seams in patchwork for example, but for times when I need to sew a narrow strip of fabric such as attaching bias binding or stitching a narrow hem.

This quarter inch foot has a small opening where the needle passes through, but the rest of the foot has contact with the fabric and I find this prevents narrow strips of fabric from moving out of position.

Button Sewing Foot

The button sewing foot is a new addition to my favourites, which I discovered fairly recently and I am so glad I found it!

I don't mind a bit of hand sewing, but if you're making a garment with lots of buttons it can get a bit tedious sewing them all on.

The button sewing foot does it all for you. On my machine, you select the width of the stitch to suit the button and there's even a handy little tool to hold the  button in place before you sew it on.

It also creates stitches with the right amount of tension so the button isn't sewn on too tightly or loosely, which can happen when sewing by hand.

In my opinion this sewing machine foot takes the task of sewing buttons from boring and repetitive to fun and easy.

I hope you've enjoyed my musings and my thoughts about these five great sewing machine feet, which I use again and again in my sewing projects.

Have fun sewing!


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