When I bought my first sewing machine, it came with a bag full of presser feet. To me, they might as well have been spare parts from a rocket ship, that’s how foreign they seemed.
There they sat, hidden in their little case while I tried to eyeball edgestitches and sew most hems by hand.
I was a newbie, but I also didn’t have anyone around to show me what was what. Little by little, I started experimenting and over the years came to love all those specialty feet.
Lucky for today’s sewists, you don’t need an experienced seamstress by your side to avoid the years of guessing and shrugging and hoping for the best that taught me to sew.
When I saw this free class all about presser feet that’s available over at Craftsy, I actually felt a little jealous! It’s so much easier to learn now, and a class just about sewing machine feet would have saved me a heck of a lot of time and trial and error when I was 16.
If you’re not familiar with Craftsy, they provide online interactive classes. So in a way, you do have an experienced seamstress by your side.
This class is called Sewing Machine Feet from A to Z and is taught by Steffani Lincecum, who has over 25 years professional experience.
Steffani goes over 11 of the most common sewing machine feet.
It starts with feet that you’d use for closures, such as the all-important zipper foot, the invisible zipper foot (a personal favorite), and the buttonhole foot.
She then goes on to talk hems, and you’ll learn all about the blind hem foot and the rolled hem foot, both of which can make it easier to get a professional finish without a lot of hand stitching.
She also covers specialty feet like the quarter-inch foot and roller foot, and fun feet like the free-motion foot, couching foot, and ruffler.
If any of these feet are unfamiliar to you, you’ll learn something in this class that you can take with you to future projects, that’s pretty much guaranteed.
[This post about this free class was sponsored by Craftsy, one of our partners this month. They have some amazing free classes and resources for sewists that I’m excited to share. Thanks Craftsy!]