18 Different Types Of Sewing Machine Feet

It’s a universal fact that you need the right thing for the right job. The same principle holds for a sewing machine foot.

It doesn’t matter if you sew from time to time or all the time.

If you’ve worked with a needle, you’ll know that having the right sewing foot is necessary to pull off a gorgeous knit.

Choosing The Right Sewing Machine Foot

I know it’s not easy to choose the presser that will best suit your needs.

Among different types of devices in the market, only sewing machine foot is one of the few products that can be divided into more than 18 types!

This is a huge number, and it’s expected of a normal person to feel that he needs a guide for easier purchase.

Luckily, for you, I’m going to be that guide!

In this article, I will be listing out 18 different sewing machine types.

1. Straight Stitch Presser Foot

This presser foot is a must-have for every type of sewist. It stitches the fabric in a straight line without any extra motion.

You can only go in a straight line, which makes this presser foot perfect for quick stitches on damaged clothes!

2. Zigzag Presser Foot

There’s a wide opening on this presser foot. This opening will allow you to make stitches in a zig-zag (As the name states).

Not only that, but you can also use it for decorative and stretch stitch work too!

3. Zipper Foot

A zipper foot has indents on both sides so the needle can move on both sides of the foot.

You can use this to your advantage by separating zipper teeth from the area where you want to sew the zipper.

You should absolutely get this one if you don’t already have it!

4. Buttonhole Foot

You can use a buttonhole foot to make holes where you wish to mount the buttons for your clothing.

It clips on to your machine and can make up to 4 buttonholes at a time. However, some buttonhole feet will require you to manually change stitches.

5. Button Sewing Foot

Button sewing foot provides the easiest way of stitching your buttons on the buttonholes.

It holds the button securely in place, all the while providing a clear view of the area where buttons are to be stitched.

6. Quilting Foot

A quilting foot evenly distributes the layers of your quilt sandwich into the machine, making it ready for quilting. You can use it to attach or bind to a quilt too!

7. Adjustable Zipper Foot

If you can’t customize the position of your needle on your machine, you should get this foot.

The screw-on this foot will change the position with respect to the needle when you tighten it or loosen it, giving you more options for required modifications.

8. Walking Foot

With a walking foot, you can feed in the workpiece while the stitching is still going on! That’s right! You don’t have to stop the machine from feeding it in. Just let the walking foot do its magic!

9. Teflon Foot

Teflon foot deals with materials that would otherwise slide under a normal presser during stitching.

These materials include leather, vinyl, and other thicker fabrics. Say goodbye to uneven stitches!

10. Ruffler Foot

A ruffler foot can determine how often and how deep the tucks of your fabrics go in.

All of this can be done by simply adjusting a screw that you can find on either front or side of your attachment.

11. Braiding Foot

You can use this foot to attach braid, yarns piping, and countless other dressings to your designs.

It’s a little hard to stitch with these feet, but you’ll get the hang of it after 3 or 4 stitches.

12. Double Welting Foot

After you’re done braiding, you’ll notice some rough edges on your fabric.

This is where the double welting foot comes into play. It will deal with all these rough edges smoothing them out with decent piping.

13. Cording Foot

Cording foot does the same functions as a braiding or a welting foot, but it adds a little extra strength while embellishing the surface of your yarn or braid fabric. Definitely worth a shot!

14. Fringe Foot

The last decorative pressing foot in this category is the fringe foot.

It will make a good addition to your foot collection, providing you with a possibility to make fringes by adding more thread to each stitch.

15. Flower Stitch Foot

As it’s clear from the name, flower stitching foot is used to add decorative natural beauty to your stitches.

It mostly follows circular designs. You can definitely do without it, but it won’t hurt to give it a try!

16. Elastic Stitching Foot

It’s always a pain to deal with a rigid fabric. With an elastic stitching foot, you can provide elasticity to that piece of cloth that just won’t budge.

You will need some practice to use this one. Make sure you watch an online tutorial!

17. Roller Foot

By providing rolling friction, a roller foot gives you top of the line sewing of adhesive fabrics.

These are the fabrics that stick to a regular foot or shift instead of being stitched. If you’re going to buy one foot from this category, I’d suggest that you buy this one!

18. Round Bead Foot

These transparent looking feet are used to attach bead strings to your fabrics. You can attach these beads in a zig-zag pattern for an even better result!


Are you someone who’s looking for a foot that is compulsory to your sewing needs, or do you just need some extra designer equipment?

Just look under the categories I mentioned above, and you can easily see which one will suit you best.

There are still lots of other types of sewing machine feet out there, but to save your time, I have only mentioned the most important ones.

If you’d like to know more about the others, you can ask in the comment section below!

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