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Sewing Machine Foot – An Introduction

June 22, 2011 /
Categories Sewing, Basic How-To, Crafts

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

There are vast varieties of sewing machines 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 feet include walking foot, piecing foot, roll hemming foot, ruffle foot, pintuck 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 1990s, my sister bought her first electric Toyota sewing machine which changed the whole sewing experience in the family. It is so easy to use compared to the antique foot paddle type, fast and neat, not to mention the built-in embroidery pattern available to make embellishment easy & beautiful. At 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 for 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 complains 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

Sewing Machine Foot

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
sewing machine 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
sewing machine 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 design or just really go with the flow and rhythm of the machine.

Straight Stitch Foot
sewing machine Straight stitch footUsed for straight stitch work such as topstitching, 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, this is perfect for most utility stitching and other standard functions. It is a great accessory to have on hand as a backup 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 a 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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Teresa

Sunday 5th of January 2014

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

royce

Saturday 25th of June 2011

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

Craft Passion

Saturday 25th of June 2011

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.

Rachel

Thursday 23rd of June 2011

What a great post- super informative! I need to branch out with my feet. I'll be linking.