Presser Feet – A Complete Guide

This post includes a list of many different presser feet available for our sewing machines to make our sewing job easier and more accurate.


Presser Feet

Standard Presser Feet

Standard Presser Feet usually come with the sewing machine.

standard presser foot

Zigzag Foot

Usually installed in brand-new sewing machines. It is the general all sewing purpose foot.

Use For:

Edge of the foot and lines can be used as reference for straight stitches.

Black button is used to level the foot with the fabric. When sewing thick areas, press the black button before lowering the level foot. It does the same function as a leading fabric or Jean-A-MA-Jig



Quilters Guide

Quilters Guide

Fits in the back of the Zigzag Foot or Walking Foot as a guide for perfect parallel stitches. You can determine the width by moving the bar.

Use For:

Straight lines in quilting.

Useful in grid stitches for bags and clothing.

straight stitch foot

Straight Stitch Foot

Used in conjunction with the Straight stitch plate.  It has a small hole where the needle goes trough to prevent light weight fabrics to get pulled down or for perfectly straight even stitches commonly used in quilting.

Needle must be in the center position.

Use For:

Straight stitches in quilting in light weight fabrics.

Some decorative stitches can be made using this persser foot.

satin stitch foot

Satin Stitch Foot

Aperture of the needle and the opening of the front is bigger than the Zigzag foot.

There are indentations in the back of the foot so decorative stitches can glide easily over the stitches.

Use for:

Bulky Decorative stitches, monogramming.

Double-needle can be used with this foot.

quarter inch foot

Quarter-inch Foot

It often has a metal guide along the right-hand edge to align the fabric against.  A small hole for straight stitches.

It also has a mark to guide when the fabric is 1/4″ from the end.

Used for:

Stitch 1/4″ seam allowances

Quilting, patching

It is also useful for edge stitching.


Zipper Feet

Standard Zipper foot

Standard Zipper Foot

It can have one or two toes with grooves and bars in each side.

Start stitches from the bottom end in each side.

Use for:

Zipper and piping installation


adjustable zipper foot

Adjustable Zipper Foot

You can adjust the position of where the foot is in relation to the needle by moving the adjustable bar on the top.

Use for:

Zipper and piping installation.

Bias binding



Invisible Zipper foot

Concealed Invisible Zipper Presser Foot

It has a small hole on top and two deep grooves on the back to place the zipper teeth.

Fabric pieces are kept separate for the zipper installation.

Align the zipper face-down on the seam allowance of the right side of the fabric

The needle will stitch very close to the zipper teeth.  The needle can be adjusted slightly to get closer to the zipper teeth.

Use for:

Invisible Zipper installation





Hemming Feet


blind hem foot

Blind Hem Foot

They have a notch with a bar running down the center to align the fabric,  In some of the the bar is below the foot.

Some Blind Hem Feet are adjustable to adjust the hem width.

It has to be used with the sewing machine blind hem stitches.

Use for:

Blind Hems

Can also be used to add trims.

Edge stitching (using the straight stitch)

overedge foot

Overedge/Overlock Foot

Designed to stitch along the edge of the fabric. It has bars to hold the fabric flat when stitching in the very end of the fabric.

It can be used with standard zigzag foot or overedge stitch.

It functions as a serger.

Use for:


Decorative Hems, tacks, or collars.

rolled hem in king fabrics (using short stitch length)

Rolled hem foot

Rolled Hem Foot

The rolled hem is a narrow hem folded twice,

This foot often comes in packs of two for different hem size.

For the start, the rolled hem can be glued with washable glue or you can make the first inch of the hem manually.

Use both hands to guide the fabric.

Use for:

Rolled hems in very light weight fabrics.

For decorative hems, It can be used with zigzag stitches.

Can also be used with cording on top of the fabric.




Button & Buttonhole Feet

buttonhole foot

Buttonhole Foot

Buttonhole foot usually comes with sewing machines and can be used to sew different styles of buttonholes:

The machine usually starts from the bottom to the top and for the buttonhole size, place your button in the back of the foot.

Use for:

  • buttonholes in garments
  • Use cording to define the buttonholes.



Button Sewing Foot

To install buttons using this foot, use zig zag stitch and lower the feed dogs.

Adjust the zig zag size to match the holes in the button and sew with 6-8 stitches.


Use for:

  • Buttons installation in garments.


Even-Feed Presser Feet

walking foot

Walking Foot

Great for bulky and slippery fabrics because it feeds both layers.

It is very popular in quilting when you have to sew through a few layers of fabric and batting.  Quilters guide can be used with this foot.

Use for:

  • Slippery fabrics such as silk.
  • Bulky fabrics to prevent puckering.
  • Quilting

roller foot

Roller Foot 

Allows you to sew sticky or shifty fabrics with ease.

Use for:

  • Slippery fabrics such as vinyl, leather, chiffon, or organza.







pintuck foot


Pintuck Foot

Pintuck Foot is designed to create small tucks in your fabric. Can be used with a twin needle to create evenly spaced tucks.

It come in several different sizes ( 3, 5 7 and 9 grooves).

Feet with a few grooves are suitable for heavier weight fabric, and those with 7 or 9 grooves are best for very lightweight fabrics.



Use for:

  • Evenly spaced tucks in garments


Nonstick (Teflon) Foot

Designed to feed slippery fabric smoothly.

An alternative is to use Swedish tracing paper over your fabric and tear away after completing your stitch.

Use for:

  • Suede, Leather, Vinyl, or laminated fabrics.


Decorative Work Presser Feet

cording alt

Cording Foot

The Cording Foot evenly feeds thread, cord, or braid while sewing.

You can apply parallel rows of decorative stitching using different decorative threads.

There are different varieties of cording feet depending on the thread you are going to use.

Use for

Decorative cording installation such as: embroidery floss or tapestry yarn


open toe foot

Open-Toe Foot

Similar to sating foot opened in the front. There is an indentation in the back of the foot so thicker decorative threads or braids can go through.

It allows you to see the needle and where you are stitching.



Use for:

  • Decorative stitching
  • Appliques

free motion foot

Free Motion Foot

Allow you to sew with free motion.

Popular in free motion quilting – many designs are created using this foot.

Can also be used to sew lace motifs so the stitching is invisible.

Feed dogs must be disengaged (by putting them down or using 0 stitch length)

Use for:

  • free motion quilting
  • sewing with lace fabrics


Finishing Presser Feet

bias binding foot

Bias Binding Feet

Used for one-step bias binding application. There are different types and come in different sizes.
For easier installation, use folded bias binding. and thread the bias binding through the foot using a hand needle.

Use for:

  • bias binding installation

beading foot

Beading Foot

Using the beading foot you can sew strings of beads using your sewing machine.

Use a zig zag stitch and invisible thread.




Use for:

  • adding string of beads or trims to your projects

breading foot

Braiding Foot

The braiding foot has an adjustable groove in the front to sew trims and braids.

The foot allows you to sew curves and even circles

Use zigzag or triple zigzag stitch.


Use for:

  • finishing of edges: cuffs, hems, necklines



The Ruffler attaches like the walking foot, it pleats and gathers.

Select the size and depth of the pleats or gathers.

Allow 3 times of the required length.

Use for:

  • Gathers
  • Small pleats






Many of these presser feet are great for different sewing needs and you should have them in your tool box. This Presser Foot Set from Amazon is a great deal!




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