Precision is key in most sewing projects, especially patchwork. However it’s not always easy to keep your stitching as straight. I’ve picked out a few of my favourite sewing machine feet which will help you achieve accurate stitching. My machine is a Janome (TXL607) so those pictured are Janome feet but most sewing machine manufacturers will have similar sewing machine feet available.
Quarter Inch Foot
This is my most used sewing machine foot, it ensures you a have an accurate ¼ inch seam which is ideal for patchwork but also for most other kinds of sewing too. It doesn’t require any special instructions, just clip it on and align the edge to the edge of your fabric then sew. Gives you a perfectly accurate ¼ seam every single time. I frequently use my quarter inch foot for topstitching too. I highly recommend buying one of these feet, it will get a lot of use!
There’s a more detailed guide to the quarter inch foot here.
When you are sewing multiple layers of fabric or slippery fabrics it can be had to maintain accurate stitching. Sometimes the layers come apart or the fabric moves around under your needle. The walking foot helps your fabrics feed through evenly. There’s also a handy guide bar you can adjust on the side of the foot to help you keep quilting lines equally spaced to.
Find out more about using your walking foot in our guide.
This handy twin set from Janome gives you two sewing machine feet which turn your fabric edge up and feeds it under the needle so you can stitch a rolled hem. It does require you feeding the fabric through straight to keep an even hem but it’s much quicker and easier than pressing the hem and then trying to stitch a straight line.
The feet offer different sizes of hem, 4mm and 6 mm. The trickiest bit is starting off. To start it off fold a roll of fabric the width of the foot you are using then guide the fabric into curl part of the foot. Sew with a straight stitch feeding the fabric in steadily to keep the hem even.
Colette have a good tutorial on their site if you’d like a detailed guide.
Border guide foot
As you can see this foot has red lines on either side that you can use as a guide to ensure rows of decorative stitching are equally spaced. You put the first row of stitching between the two red lines to one side of the foot and then stitch, making sure the first row stays between the red lines as you sew.
You could also use it to keep your top stitching an even distance from the edge. Line the edge up with one of the red lines or the edge of the foot to keep your top stitching straight.
Start using the sewing machine feet above to achieve accurate stitching in your sewing projects.
Speed Control Slider
Something else that can help with accurate stitching is the speed control slider on your sewing machine. Many computerised sewing machines have these nowadays, it is shown on the Janome 5270QDC above just to the bottom right of the screen.
You slide it across to control the maximum speed of your stitching. This helps to prevent your machine from getting away from you when you are sewing, thereby maintaining your stitching accuracy.