How to use sewing machine presser feet by Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman learned to sew using two presser feet—the all-purpose sewing foot and a zipper foot. Soon she discovered that specialty presser feet could improve her sewing skills. Much later she passed this information along in a series titled, Fancy Footworks. Not all sewing machine feet were featured in that series, so you guessed it—a sequelFancy Footworks 2

A Close-up Look at the Flower Stitch Foot

What could be called the high heels of sewing machine feet, the Flower Stitch Presser Foot is a fancy-occasion presser foot. It is an ideal creative option for mid-range sewing machines.

The Flower Stitch Presser Foot Characteristics:

  • Rotating disk
  • Pattern settings: Plus to minus settings to create S—M—L flower sizes
  • Attachment lever that fits over the needle clamp

Attach the Flower Stitch Foot to your machine, grab a fabric scrap and a piece of stabilizer, and start experimenting with different built-in utility stitches. No fancy embroidery machine needed here.

Prepare the fabric and test

Whether testing or sewing the actual project, always back the fabric with a fusible interfacing and also a stabilizer. Nancy used Pellon Sof-Shape Interfacing and a Tear-away Hydro-stick Stabilizer.

To create the flower stitches, Nancy started with a basic zigzag stitch or satin stitch. When she found a design she liked, she wrote down her sewing machine settings and stitch number next to the flower stitchout.

When watching the The Best of Sewing With Nancy, Fancy Footworks 2, you’ll see exactly how to use this presser foot.

Our guess is that your testing sample will look a lot like Nancy’s!

Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Fancy Footworks 2 Part two

When it’s time to sew on your featured fabric, be sure to add the interfacing and stabilizer mentioned above.

There’s more on the TV show!

Two additional presser feet are featured in Fancy Footworks 2, Part Two. Tune in and see the Stitch-N-Ditch Foot—for easy work of quilt binding, and the Teflon Foot—ideal for hard-to-sew fabrics.

Watch Fancy Footworks 2 (Part One, Part Two and Part Three) on The Best of  Sewing With Nancy online.

The Best of Sewing With Nancy TV Show hosted by Nancy Zieman

Now that you are acquainted with these assorted presser feet, which one will you try first? Let us know in the comments for a chance to win the Ultimate Fancy Footworks book from Nancy’s Notions.  

Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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