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How to install the foot on the sewing machine

Looping in manual mode

To make a buttonhole in manual mode, it is only necessary that the sewing machine performs a zigzag stitch. Making buttonholes in manual mode by such models of machines as a sewing machine Chaika, Podolsk 142, a sewing machine Veritas 8014 and some modern machines of the economy class cost below 5000

To make a buttonhole suit the usual foot for a zigzag stitch. over, that other, special foot for a buttonhole, these machines and do not have. Making buttonholes by hand on the sewing machine is not very convenient, but if there is no other choice, you can try. Be sure to make a chalk loop mark or mark that section of fabric with contrasting threads.

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Threading the upper thread

This is a simple operation, but it is very important to do it correctly to avoid sewing problems.

and also raise the presser foot to release the tension disk.

For safety reasons it is recommended to switch off

Position the spool so that the thread unwinds as shown in the figure. For small spools, place the small plate after the spool holder.

thread guide (3) and up through the tensioning plate as shown in the illustration.

down through the right channel and up through the left channel (4).When threading the upper thread, it is recommended that you hold the thread between the spool and the thread guide (3).

(6) and then pass the thread through the eye of the needle from front to back.

Feed the thread from right to left through the thread lever, then lower it down again (5).

How to use the hemming foot

Is there a quick and easy way to get a perfect hem on thin, sheer fabrics or a rounded edge on a skirt? Answer. Yes, if you are using the hemming foot.

Undercasting foot, double hemming foot, narrow selvedge foot. These are all the names of a great sewing machine foot. It has a curved channel in the front that doubles the raw edge before the needle stitches the edge. This eliminates the need to manually press the fabric down before sewing and creates a perfectly flat and neat narrow selvedge.

Most modern sewing machines come with an edge-folding foot. But if you don’t have one, you can buy one separately at craft stores or online. I’ve seen some feet cost quite a bit, but I don’t think there’s any difference between them. That’s why I don’t see the point in buying expensive ones.

What the hemming foot looks like?

This foot is for a Janome sewing machine. It snaps into place, allowing you to quickly swap it for another presser foot if needed. Some machines have a screw-in type of presser foot.

Note the curved channel at the front of the foot. This is the fixture for wrapping the edge of the fabric.

What the hemming foot is for?

  • It is quicker to fold an edge with the hemming foot than to fold the edge by hand and then stitch the edge straight;
  • The edge comes out neat and even;
  • You can hem transparent and synthetic fabrics that are difficult to wrap;
  • It is easiest to use the foot on straight edges, but with a little practice, you can use it for rounded hems as well;
  • The hemming foot is not suitable for sewing in corners and steep curves.

In the red dress below, the edges of all ruffles and sleeves have a fine hemming. For the pink dress. hem and sleeve edges. Both fabrics are most likely a mixture of polyester and other materials, and it would be impossible to tuck the edge without a special foot.

Types of hemming feet

To accommodate different hems, double hemming feet come in a variety of sizes. The most common presser foot type. This is a 3mm width. They also come in 6mm. If you have a curved hem or sheer fabric to hem, a smaller presser foot will give you the best results.

Setting up the sewing machine for sewing with the hemming foot

Set a small stitch length on your sewing machine. Because of the narrow edge width the stitch looks best when you set the step length about 2 mm.

If you need to sew a zigzag stitch on an edge, it is possible with this foot.

How to prepare the edge of the fabric?

Check the fabric to make sure the edge is not unraveled or stretched. A clean, straight cut gives you a neat edge without any threads sticking out or fabric sticking out.

If the fabric is very loose, trim the edge just before sewing.

So, let’s look at the sequence of how to work with the foot:

Tuck in the hem twice at 3mm each. Secure it with a pin as shown.

We need to hand-twist 8 cm from the beginning of the edge.

Preparing to sew

Lower the presser foot onto the fabric and remove the pin. Sew 4 stitches while holding the thread behind the work so the stitching latches onto the fabric.

If you forget and don’t hold the thread in the back, you may have a thread jam.

Sew the edge

After making 4 stitches, stop the machine so that the needle stays in the fabric. That will keep the fabric from slipping out when we raise the presser foot.

Lift the foot and insert the folded fabric into the bend of the foot. Lower the presser foot again.

The trick is not to twist the fabric too much. Let the presser foot do the work. Start sewing by guiding the fabric.

See how graceful the edge is! I could not get such a result without a special foot for selvedge (3 mm). In the past, when I tried to tuck the edge by hand, I burned my fingers with an iron while ironing the edges.

Tips for using the hemstitching foot

  • Bend the edge slightly as you work. It took me a little practice to figure out exactly how to hold the edge to get the best results.
  • Don’t try to twist or pull the fabric, let the curved channel do all the work. You will probably have to stop work often to move your hand forward.
  • If your edge looks wrinkled or stretched after folding, steam iron it. Do not iron, just fold it down and up so you don’t make any unnecessary wrinkles. If you stretch the hem a little when steaming it, it will flatten out and lay nicely.
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How to work the corners?

If you have to fold an edge with a corner, you have to do it in two steps. Sew the first edge all the way through. Then do the same thing with the second edge.

Note: The neatest edge in a corner can be sewn with an envelope stitch with a standard foot. But this way takes a little longer.

Now that you have gotten the idea of how to use the hemming foot, I hope you will put this knowledge into practice and create beautiful things for yourself and your loved ones.

Thank you for your attention, have a nice day and see you again!

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I will definitely try it that way. I bought these feet, I sat for half a day. On the YouTube video they have it so easy, put it in and go, only the video is a bit edited. The fabric is pushed, it got into the cochlea and all, no further, and if you start sewing so the thread is tangled. Suggested and sew a thread, pull on it, too, some kind of nonsense. I will try this way, it seems to me the most reasonable.

This way is really the most convenient. The seam is perfect from the start. The only thing I would add that the fabric in front of the presser foot should be bent to double the width of the value indicated on the foot, then it will work properly. That is, if the foot at 3 mm, then bending should be 6 mm.


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The types of feet most commonly used by needlewomen when sewing, or that come with a sewing machine:

  • universal foot performs straight stitch and zigzag stitch;
  • Overlock foot makes overlock stitching without cutting the fabric;
  • The overlock foot is used when you want to sew an edging to the edge of the fabric;
  • Upper feed dog. foot for thin, slippery fabrics and for sewing quilts, coats, etc.;
  • The shaped stitch foot makes decorative stitches that help things look unusual;
  • The invisible stitch foot allows you to seamlessly thread the bottom edge of a garment or join several parts of a product;
  • Quilting foot is used when you need to sew a lot of patches in one product;
  • Foot for sewing on buttons, buttonholes, zippers. feet for one specific function that will do it faster and better than manually.

The secrets of the perfect stitch for beginners

To learn how to do a stitch, you need to get your hand in. For seamstresses starting their professional journey, it takes several months to hone their stitching skills by working with an ordinary quilt or coat stitching foot. But using a few tricks when sewing can make it easier.

The perfect stitch comes from hard practice (

  • Lay and staple the layers evenly, and if the fabric can be ironed, run an iron over it beforehand.
  • Draw a sketch of the pattern and mark the directions in which the foot will move.
  • When sewing a garment, use the foot to sew on the whole fabric and then cut it into pieces.
  • When working with “naughty” fabric, which in addition can not be pierced to fix it, secure it with staples, binders, tape.

Foot for quilting: types

The foot for free-motion stitching is used when you want to do darning, embroidery or stitching along a non-standard path. The sole of the foot is transparent, so it is convenient to monitor the execution of the stitch and the material. Foot has a spring and can be open. Also allows the seamstress to adjust the fabric feed independently.

Foot for quilting well cope with turns when sewing, easily sews several layers of fabric.

The walking foot is ideal for quilt stitching because it locks the fabric in place well, does not bind the bottom layer, and makes a stepping motion unlike the bottom feeder.

Foot BSR. Bernina Stitch Regulator is equipped with a sensor that monitors the movement of the material under the foot. Accordingly, the length of the stitches remains the same regardless of sewing speed. Foot performs straight and zigzag stitches. The only limitation. this foot is only suitable for 5 Bernina sewing machine models.

For more info. Foot for industrial machines is not similar to the feet for domestic sewing devices, but the principle of their work is the same

Sewing with the walking foot: Instructions

  • Perform the first stitch in the center from edge to edge of the product along the planned lines. Then sew parallel to the line stitch made in one direction. Then stitch all lines in the opposite direction. That way the product will not be warped on the wrong side.
  • Keep in mind that sketchy fishing line and stitching may not match due to the fact that the inner layer deforms as well as the product itself. In that case use a ruler for the foot.
  • If the lines on the fabric are far apart, stretch the fabric slightly when you sew.
  • The step foot does not just sew straight stitches. Diversify the pattern of the product and other types of stitching.

Installing the foot for quilting

Putting another foot on the sewing machine is easy. The key is to do it accurately and without sudden movements.

Putting the foot on the presser foot is not difficult at all (

  • Unscrew the fastening screw with a screwdriver (usually counterclockwise).
  • Remove the standard presser foot holder and presser foot.
  • Slide the quilting foot onto the presser foot pin. The needle clamp screw on the needle clamp must be in the groove on the pin of the foot.
  • Tighten the set screw on the pin.
  • Try your hand at a trial stitching.

How to choose the right foot for your stitching

Use your sewing machine to measure the height of the presser foot. This is the distance from the center of the screw on which the foot is attached to the base of its sole. Also measure the distance from the center of the screw to the needle. For a more accurate measurement, unscrew the presser foot fixing screw. Write down this number or make a template of cardboard to measure this parameter in the store, as there are high and low stem fit presser feet.

Important! Measure the height of the presser foot when it is in the lowered position

Comparison of stitching feet

Free-motion machine stitch foot Aurora. Foot is suitable for embroidery, quilting and stitching. Made completely of metal. The base of the foot is open, which increases the visibility during sewing. Pull-up lever on upward stroke of the needle lifts the presser foot and frees the fabric to move freely. When moving down it presses the fabric, creating the necessary conditions for sewing.

Janome quilting foot does not only quilting, but also darning, quilting, embroidery. The presser accessory forms correct stitches, reduces seam skipping and stitching tautness. This foot is suitable for sewing machines with a horizontal hook.

The Brother quilting foot is made of clear molded plastic with an open toe. Its fit is quite low and the foot itself is small. Makes great quilts, embroidery and stitching.


Elena: “I use a Pfaff sewing machine. I decided to try quilting and learn how to quilt. I bought a universal foot. Oddly enough, but it fits my machine. I sew straight stitches for now. The foot is great for quilt quilting. Just what I needed.

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Julia: “I bought a simple Janom electromechanical sewing machine on Waldberis. I ordered the quilting foot from Aliexpress. It certainly does not fit. The sewing store advised me to buy a Brotcher (or “Brazier”) adapter. Got it, set it up. the foot is just like a fit on it. Sews great! It’s good enough for my tasks.”.

Quilt, quilt or embroider a design on fabric with a variety of stitching feet. Their task is to quickly and efficiently translate the creative fantasies into reality. See the video below for more details.

Foot for knitwear: selection rules and instructions for use

The foot is a replaceable accessory that helps you sew different operations and extends the capacity of your machine. Thanks to this device, the process is faster and of higher quality.

The knitting foot makes sewing on difficult fabrics quicker and easier (

An optional tool kit often includes a knitting foot as standard. It prevents the fabric from sagging and prevents skipped stitches.

Foot for straight edge trimming. Tuck the piping into the hemming hole with a pre-cut at an angle. Then drag the piping to the presser foot on the piping guide. Lower the presser foot so that the piping is underneath. Sew a few stitches, then fold the edge of the fabric to the inside of the hem. When sewing, the stitch length should be 1 mm on the left side of the hem.

Use this foot to make gathers on fabric or sew on a braid with a gathering effect. The fit can be increased or decreased by adjusting the tension of the threads. Stitch length better increase / 3.5. 4,5 /. The fabric will be shrunk when sewing with this foot.

The overlock foot is a real sewing aid

Not so long ago you could distinguish clothes bought at once from the ones sewn at home by the quality of processing the seams. Industrial technology made it possible to securely and beautifully overcast the edges of products. Modern household sewing machines make it possible to stitch the edges so that even from the wrong side the sewn thing looks neat, and the fabric does not crumble. This requires an overlock foot, which is installed on the sewing device. It provides evenly stitched and neatly overstitched edges without pulling on the fabric.



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