Sewing Machine Foot – An Introduction

sewing feet
Ever since I started Craft Passion, I have been wanting to do some basic knowledge on sewing. Today I’m honored to have Toyota Home Sewing to guest post in Craft Passion to introduce the basic sewing foot.

There are vast varieties of sewing machine foot in today’s sewing technology that make sewing easy and convenient. Among the basic and the most common use are buttonhole, zipper, zigzag, straight stitch, embroidery or darning and blind hem foot. Other specialty foot include walking foot, piecing foot, roll hemming foot, ruffle foot, pin tuck foot, cording foot, pearl & sequin foot, concealed zipper foot, binding foot etc…. Get the basic sewing foot introduction & some sewing tips after this jump.

Toyota sewing machine has been one of the longest sewing machines I’ve ever used before I bought my recent sewing machine. In the early 1990′s, my sister bought her first electric Toyota sewing machine which changed the whole sewing experience in the family. It is so easy to use compare to the antique foot paddle type, fast and neat, not to mention the built-in embroidery pattern available to make embellishment easy & beautiful. That time, my mom still preferred her old sewing machine because she thinks that the electrical one is too fast for her handicapped eye. With my passion in sewing and handicraft, I became the most frequent user of this sewing machine. Till today, it is still in working condition, with my mom, yes, the one who complaint that it is too fast but now she is the one who is using it for mending clothes and some simple sewing.

Guest blog post by Toyota Home Sewing – UK suppliers of
Sewing Machines & Sewing Machine Accessories
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Sewing Machine Feet

Sewing with machines can be as complex as you choose to make it; the key is to start by knowing the basics and then get “hands on”!! Understand what you want to achieve, what best methods/equipment to use for that and treat it a bit like the concept of driving – “learning by doing”!! Everyone has a personal style and it’s great to throw yourself into that and impress yourself with your results, but the basics are essential to taking care of your machine (and mind)!!!

Below is some general advice on sewing machine accessories to help build up your knowledge of what’s available:

Buttonhole Foot
button hole footTo achieve the correct measurements, quality and finish to a buttonhole – this foot is a must have in any sewing box! It saves time and creates a neat, professional look. With buttons being the key to completing any item (both aesthetically and practically) this really is an aid not to be missed.

Embroidery Foot
embroidery footPerfect for creating decorative stitches and embellishments. I love using this foot; it can transform an old tired piece (clothing/cushions/cards) to a completely contemporary feel or even give an item a more classic transformation. It becomes so personal-it is a tool that never tires me to use. You can sew to a design or just really go with the flow and rhythm of the machine.

Straight Stitch Foot
Straight stitch footUsed for straight stitch work such as top stitching, seaming, quilting. Therefore it becomes a highly used, essential tool. It provides a great finish as it allows excellent fabric control when working with very fine material through to heavy fabric.

Blind Hem Foot
blind hem footLike many of the feet the name describes this item exactly – a stitch that you can’t see the hem!! It is a more formal finish, extremely professional and yet so simple. Hand sewing takes time that most of us do not have so this foot makes the desirable result easily achievable with your machine!!

Zigzag Foot
zig-zag footAlso known as the all-purpose foot, as this is perfect for most utility stitching and other standard functions. It is a great accessory to have on hand as a back-up foot. It has the benefit of a three needle position – center, left and right and allows control but movement whilst feeding.

Zipper Foot
zipper footThis is designed for installing zips accurately; the design of the foot allows the needle to stitch closely to the item. It is also a must when piping with cord. Remember as well as new creations – Zips can be added to renovate old items (clothing and furnishings) to resize or even just bring them to trend!!

**If you know you are sewing a specific project or have a preferred method it is definitely worth taking a look into the ready to go Footwork Kits available by Toyota (ie “Footwork Kit Denim/Jean”) that make it simple to get started!!

 

Some other basic gems of advice when sewing with your machine are to:

  • Use good thread
  • Have a really good pair of scissors (sharp, clean and easy to hold)
  • Multiple packs of machine needles and spare bobbins at the ready
  • Keep handy a seam ripper that can efficiently (and safely) help undo any stitch errors
  • Always have a selection of pins (you could make yourself a pin cushion!)
  • Look after your machine!!!!! Keep it clean, free from dust (Machine Bags are fantastic), use a cleaning brush as routine, have a safe place for things and treat it well!!
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  1. What a great post- super informative! I need to branch out with my feet. I’ll be linking.

  2. I LOVE YOUR BLOG AS MOCH AS YOUR POSTS AND ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT I FOLLOW EACH POST.
    THANK YOU FOR SUCH AN INFORMATIVE POST , AS I AM REALLY IN SEARCH OF GOOD INFORMATION ABOUT SEWING MACHINES BECAUSE I WANT TO BUY ONE . CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE ME MORE INFORMATION ON A GOOD SEWING MACHINE … I MEAN THE BRAND

    LOOKING FORWARD FOR YOUR OTHER POSTS ON THE SAME TOPIC

    • Good question, but, It is hard to recommend the brand of sewing machine. Nowadays, most sewing machines have a huge coverage for different usage, basic sewing, embroidery, quilting etc…. Each brand has it’s pro and con. When I bought my basic sewing machine, I go with the brand that most people is using, reputable and has a good service center.
      The best way is to do some researching around your neighborhoods and friends, ask them about the sewing machine and the local service center before deciding which brand is best suit you.

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  4. I enjoyed reading this post on sewing feet. I am going to have to try out a blind hem foot, it seems like it would so much easier than hand stitching when a really nice hem is needed. Being a rookie, this kind of information is helps me a lot.

    Thanks

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