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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Your most useful presser foot ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Your most useful presser foot
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Date: 10/11/07 3:48 PM

Can we talk about presser feet we really feel are the most useful, including ones that don't come packaged with our machines? I just bought a Viking Madison, and I would love to know which feet people have that they really like, and that really make a difference in some technique. We all know about the 1/4" for quilting, and walking feet, but how about various edge stitching feet, etc?

I couldn't find a previous thread on this topic, and would like to stay away from what feet might fit what machines they aren't made for if possible, just give me some idea of what feet have really been proven handy, and how they are used by real people here on PR.

Because there are usually feet made for the same purposes in each sewing machine line, I would love to know how much you love what foot from anyone with any machine, but of course would love some tips on which feet to get for my Viking!

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Date: 10/11/07 4:06 PM

Great topic!

I have a Viking and my favorite and most used are:

narrow zipper foot: I use it any there is an obstuction impeding stitching, not just for zippers. Couldn't live without it.

invisible zipper foot: it makes zipper application so wonderfully easy.

edge/joining foot (this is the one that has a "rudder" in the middle. It has greatly improved my stitching in the ditch. I'm not sure what else it is used for.

Ones that I own but have not used:
I have one of those springy stippling feet. I haven't used it yet because I haven't gotten to my first ever quilt project. I'm sure I'm going to like that one too. I got it as a "throw in" with my machine.

I bought a walking foot almost a year ago and have never used it. I got it for a velvet project but my machine handled the velvet just fine without it. The adjustable presser foot pressure has made the walking foot unnecessary thus far. Again, the first quilt may make me glad to have it.

I have never used my rolled hem foot.



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Date: 10/11/07 4:29 PM

I also have a viking, and I like the blind hem foot a lot, and have also used the open toe stipple foot for satin stitching on fabric bowls, since it lets you see what you are doing. I hate my gathering foot, total waste of money. Mixed feelings about the narrow rolled hem foot; tricky to use and get mixed results, but it may be a user problem. I own several more that aren't used often, but no regrets about buying them.

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Date: 10/11/07 5:07 PM

That edge joining foot was mentioned on another thread as well, and there is another foot called the Left Edge Topstitch foot. Has anyone used this for anything? I think the edge joining foot sounds useful for several applications.

I wonder why the hemmer feet come with many machines, as I have never used it in my life until I got the Kenmore and then I went back and tried the one on my Pfaff that had some with it - that is a hard thing to do, and I am used to turning things under twice, and don't have a lot of patience, so I never perfected that! :)

So my list has started....need more....

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Date: 10/11/07 5:11 PM

I got an edge joining foot recently and I'm not sure how I lived without it all this time! It has improved both my stitch-in-the-ditch and edgestitching. I can see that it will be very useful sewing with a twin needle to attach a neck binding, but I haven't had occasion to do this yet.

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Date: 10/11/07 5:14 PM

It took some patience and a few tries, butI have had some success with the rolled hem foot on the sewing machine.

I use the zipper foot on various machines for cording and even topstitching on ocassion.

On the Kenmore 19606, I use the open toe foot for precise topstitching often.

I have a piping foot I bought, but haven't tried it -yet. I've been using a zipper foot for years to do this.

The roller foot has "saved the day" on a few ocassions when sewing material that wanted to get caught in the toes on my regular presser foot (loopy netting and faux fur for example)

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Date: 10/11/07 5:19 PM

I use my invisible zipper foot, buttonhole foot, button foot, and straight stitch foot.

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Date: 10/11/07 6:44 PM

Besides the others mentioned I really like and use the left edge topstitch foot. I'm not sure many have this foot but I use it a lot when topstitching for a straight line when the edge is going the other way or maybe its because I'm left handed!

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Date: 10/11/07 7:18 PM

Viking machines. I use both the edge stitching (rudder on the right) and edge joining (rudder in the middle) the most, by far. I'm thinking about ordering the new left edge stitch foot but thought I'd wait to see if PR members find it useful.

Besides the walking even feed and ruffler/gatherer foot you noted as commonly loved, my most used feet are:

teflon foot, which I use for any tricky fabric: leather, suede, brocade, loosely woven wools, thick boucle wools, eyelets, and any fabric or project that has both raised and lowered surfaces;

when visibility becomes a problem, I like the transparent foot and open toe foot;

I don't often use the roller foot but when I need it, I *really* need it and am thrilled to have it.

DH is a compulsive gadget buyer (as well as a sweetheart)and on a whim several years ago, went to our local Viking dealer and bought me every, single foot available at that time (30+ feet?). To be honest, I never use any of these feet but it seems to please him that I have them. I wouldn't have bought any additional feet except the ones listed above.

--Lily

Oops! Forgot to mention the plug-in 'brain of its own' buttonhole attachment, which is invaluable. I use it so commonly that I forgot it was an optional foot.

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Date: 10/11/07 7:22 PM

Glad to hear that left edge foot is useful - you know , it looked like it might be.

Jenny - the roller foot looks like a winner. I haven't used it but I do have one.

I usually used the narrow zipper foot on any machine to do any cording, and I actually used my cording foot years ago to do some intricate designs on a caftan - does that say "70s" loud and clear?! Yes.

I find the 1/4" foot handy on the Kenmore for top stitching. The little "rudder" is nifty. I LOVE the overcasting foot too. Very handy when I don't want to turn on the serger for a small job like the bottom cut edge of a hemming job, although the serger does the best job.

It is interesting to hear the uses people put to some of the feet. I don't know that much about them, as I usually did all my sewing with only the zigzag foot, the buttonhole foot, and the zipper foot. So much excitement waiting to be found!

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