Over these last 3 1/2 years, I've picked up quite a few sewing tools that have really helped to improve my sewing. Some of the best ones have been the various presser feet I've bought. Our machines can sew awesome things on their own, but match the right stitch with the right presser foot, or the right project with the right foot and suddenly it can be even more fun and give you even better sewing results or open up new finishes that you can't do otherwise such as pintucks.
When I look back now, I spent quite a bit on those few feet. I bought:
- An invisible zipper foot
- An adjustable zipper foot
- A Teflon coated foot
- A quarter inch foot
- A walking foot
- and probably a couple more. I can't remember now which came with my machine and which I bought.
But there were still quite a few more that I had on my wish list. Trouble is at $9.99 or $12.99 (or more) per foot, the price of them was really starting to add up.
Then one of the members in our sewing chat group posted a picture of a set of sewing presser feet she bought and hallelujah – all my presser foot needs and desires were answered in a single box of sewing goodness. I ordered one right away.
Get yours here
(If you don't see the boxes with the Amazon pictures and links right here, then you may be using an Ad Blocker and that stops the Amazon links from showing up. You'll need to turn off the Ad Blocker to see the links – sorry. The Internet sure is getting complicated these days…)
You can also get these on Amazon UK here – 32 Piece Presser Foot set (Amazon UK)
What's good and what's bad
Some of these sets on Amazon get mixed reviews so I read through quite a lot of them to find out why. Turns out people love the feet, they are all just fine, snap onto any of the regular fit low-shank machines and are all nicely made, good quality as you would hope. What people do complain about is the packaging, and some of the complaints are a bit silly I think and some are valid.
1 – the box looked different. Yes indeed, these sets of feet seem to come in a couple of different boxes and you might get the one pictured or you might get a slightly different box. Some seem to come in a moulded plastic box with cover (like mine), some in a cardboard box with a foam inner. Remember you are buying the feet, the box really isn't so important if it looks different so long as it works!
2 – the names of the feet are in Chinese. Seems some lucky people get this set in English, some in Chinese and probably that is more common. Therefore if you are fairly new to sewing or just not familiar with all of the feet, you might not know which is which. I have a solution for you if you get the Chinese descriptions – simply save this article to check out all of the pictures or download the PDF with the names of the feet on it and keep that with your box. Easy.
What feet are included?
Here's a large picture of the box as it comes with all of the feet.
I've got all of the feet included in the set pictured here one row at a time, so the first picture is the first row, the second picture is the second row and so on. That should help identify which is which and remember, Google is your friend if you need to know what each foot does and how to use it.
Sometimes these feet can be used for several purposes and also might be known by several different names – be prepared to experiment and see what you can do with them all. There is a lot here I still have to learn about, for example, what is the difference between a rolled hem foot and a round rolled hem foot – I will actually enjoy trying them out and learning more. There are also several called a Cording Foot and they can look quite different depending on what type of cord you want to use, so check out all of those possibilities too. I'm already enjoying the knit foot, it's like a little mini walking foot.
Some of these feet you might never use, but for such a great price you can get all of the feet you really do need and use for much cheaper than buying them individually. As your sewing skills broaden the feet you need will already be there in your sewing box waiting for you.
I hope to follow up with more articles looking at the various different feet, but there are a lot so that will take some time. In the meantime, here at the bottom is a summary of a few articles to get you going.
Pin and share this image to help out anyone who bought the set and doesn't know which is which, so they can come over and download the picture with all the names on it. They'll thank you!