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Sewing machine feet?
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Date: 6/1/12 6:07 PM

I see walking feet, pintuck feet, rolled him feet.... they look like they could be useful! However, while I was able to see (in a random comment somewhere here) that a low-shank meant the distance from the foot to the screw was 3/4 inch (high shank 1 1/8" IIRC)... but snap-on feet? I've pretty much only ever used the one foot. I think it's a zigzag foot but do not know that positively.

I have an old Kenmore. It's low shank, based on the above.

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Date: 6/1/12 6:20 PM

Oh, and I have a pack of feet for invisible zippers from ages ago, never opened because I couldn't figure out which to use. There are descriptions on the back, but it's kinda Greek to me...

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Date: 6/1/12 7:25 PM

Here's a visualization of the differenet type of feets. The shank refers to the height and shape of the vertical portion that connects to the machine. Your machine will only take one type of shank.

Think of snap on as a convenience feature. Snap one feet means that the horizontal portion is separate instead of one solid feet. With snap on feets, the shank stays on the machine and only the horizontal portion changes. This is quicker to change than unscrewing and rescrewing the entire feet.

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Date: 6/1/12 7:28 PM

MOST feet are snap on. That means that they have that little bar on them that "snaps" onto the shank on your machine. Usually you press a little button or lever and the foot just kinda falls off and they you can attach a new one really easily.

If you know you have a "snap-on" machine and a low-shank, then you should be able to correctly purchase feet for your machine. Usually, when you find the store you're going to buy from they can verify that it will fit your machine specifically. Just look through the ad or ask them "does it fit the Kenmore 123456"?

Interesting that you have a pack of feet for invisible zippers. There is such a thing as an invisible zipper foot and it's used to install (you guessed it) invisible zippers. But having multiple feet for the same purpose is a little weird. Maybe you will want to keep one backup and sell the rest somewhere?

And yes, there are SOOOOO many different feet out there for most machines. I recommend "The Sewing Machine Accessory Bible" by Wendy Gardiner & Lorna KNight. It details a lot of the different feet out there, what they're used for and how to use them. You can then decide which feet you think you might use the most and purchase those for your machine. I highly recommend Amazon and Ebay for finding inexpensive feet.

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Date: 6/1/12 9:52 PM

Thank you both. I will order that book.

I have a Kenmore 1431. The feet that came with it look like they attach the way the 1/4" Welting Foot in this group. However, the others have the little bars (eg the Gathering Foot and the Concealed Zipper Foot). Why wouldn't all the feet in the package have the same kind of attachment?

http://www.amazon.com/Distinctive-7-Piece-Sewing-Foot-Package/dp/B0036M735Y/
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Date: 6/1/12 9:54 PM

Oh, and this is pretty much the package of zipper feet I have. They came together.

http://www.amazon.com/Singer-Invisible-Zipper-Foot-With/dp/B000YZ8PJO/
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Date: 6/1/12 10:34 PM

And it can get even more confusing from there, too. I have a snap on foot attachment for my low/short shank Singer and Kenmore that allows me to also use snap on feet...which my serger uses. And this is the only machine I own that is not short shank, for the record. All but the serger is vintage, so maybe newer models are mostly snap on now.

There are 4 types of presser feet that can be bought, as the picture that was linked showed. If in doubt, call and ask someone what you have. Better to know then spend money of something that won't work.


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Date: 6/1/12 10:57 PM

Do you also have a zipper foot for non-invisible zippers?

ETA -- oh yes, now I see. Your regular zipper foot is in that other set of feet you bought.

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Date: 6/1/12 10:59 PM

Some feet are snap on (most) and some attach with the screw. It kinda depends on the type of foot. Some work better with just a snap-on and others have more complicated parts to them that require they screw-on.

The invisible zipper feet you have looks pretty standard. It seems that they will work with different types of invisible zippers. But I have to say that MOST of the time, you'll be using a standard invisible zipper which requires only one foot. You can play around with the different ones you have to see which ones works the best with the zipper you have and the material you're working with.

Presser feet can be very confusing. There are SOOOO many different types for different things. In general, you'll start out using your standard or zig-zag foot the most. This allows you to do a straight stitch, zig-zag stitch and probably some other general all-purpose stitches.

When you get into things like blind hemming or zippers or quilting or stitching in the ditch, etc., then you'll want to use the specialty feet that you have.

Like I said... get that book (it's a good one) and it should help you sort out the ones you need and the ones you don't. And as you grow as a seamstress, you'll find that you want to do more advanced things which will require the various feet.

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Date: 6/2/12 0:01 AM

Heather, I've used the zigzag foot for many years; it's the only foot I've ever used! Just for LOLs... I was browsing the Sears site in case I could figure it out there and a chat window popped up. Two different specialists were unable to tell me whether my machine is horizontal or vertical (although one did send me schematics)....

I've done some of the things you've mentioned, with great difficulty, and they never look correct. I am hoping the new book at feet will help! :-)


Edited to add: OOh! Just found this (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_difference_between_a_vertical_and_a_horizontal_sewing_machine). My bobbin gets removed, so I'm think it's a vertical machine. At least, it's a glimmer of an answer.

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