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Must have feet for your Brother Sewing Machine

Essential feet for your Brother Sewing Machine

We spoke to Brother Sewing Machine’s Stuart Stamp to find out what their most popular sewing machine feet and accessories are and what they do so you can decide which ones you need to add to your collection.  Below you will find feet that will help you quilt, piece more accurately, sew zips, do decorative stitching and handle tricky fabrics like vinyl, leather and velvet.


Free motion embroidery foot

Product number: XE1097001 RRP £19.99

Brother free motion embroidery foot


If you are keen to try free motion quilting or free motion embroidery this foot is the one for you.  It has a large opening on the front of the foot gives you wide visibility in the needle area. Ideal for free-motion and outline quilting.

There’s a handy video here which shows you how to install, and use the Brother free motion embroidery foot.


Free Motion Grip

Part number: FMG2 RRP £19.99

Brother Free motion grip

Perfect to use in conjunction with the foot mentioned above the free-motion grip keeps fabric taut and allows you to move your fabric or quilt in any direction and avoids the need for hooping. You place your hands on the handles of the grip and use it to manoeuvre your fabric under the needle.


Narrow Zipper Foot

Product code: XG9145001 RRP £14.99

Brother narrow zipper foot

With the Narrow Zipper Foot, you can achieve virtually perfect finishes due to its sleek design that allows it to sit along the edge of your zipper. It gets you much closer than other feet do plus it has smooth sides so the zip won’t catch. You can also use it for sewing piping, binding or trims, anything you need to get up close to when stitching.

Its small size means you get increased precision and visibility, plus the needle can be used on the left or the right of the foot.


Quarter inch piecing foot

Art. No. XC1944052 RRP 14.99

Brother quarter inch piecing foot

Speaking of precision, the quarter inch piecing foot helps you to obtain an accurate seam when patchworking. I also find it comes in handy when top stitching bags or top stitching near your zip when making pouches. What’s more this foot also has markings to let you sew an accurate 1/8 inch seam too. If you prefer a guide on the edge of the foot you need Art. No. XC7416252.


Non Stick foot

Part no:  XC1949052 RRP £14.99

Brother non-stick foot

The non-stick foot is designed for use hard to handle fabric that may otherwise stick to the presser foot such as leather or vinyl. It allows the fabric to feed through evenly without sticking to the foot so it doesn't cause drag. 


Roller Foot

Part no: XG65751001  RRP14.99

Brother roller foot 

Another option for sewing those tricky specialty fabrics such as vinyl and leather as well as elasticized material. Multiple rollers on the non-stick roller foot hold fabrics with appropriate pressure and enables smooth sewing.  It also comes in handy for those fabrics that tend to shift when you sew, such as silk or velvet.  Any fabrics which may stick or get drag when being sewn with a normal foot are perfect for sewing with the roller foot.

There’s a video guide for you here.



Ruffler foot

Part code XG8039001  RRP £65.99

Ruffler foot for Brother sewing machines

Although it may look a little scary there's a whole range of things you can do with this foot. You can create ruffles and pleats in varying depths and fullness, evenly spaced tucks and gathers for home decor pillows and curtains. You can also make great trims when sewing ribbons with this foot. The single hole needle plate makes this foot perfect for ruffling lightweight fabrics as well.


There’s an excellent video here showing you several different things you can do with this foot.



Candlewicking foot

Part code XG6769001 RRP £14.99

Candlewicking foot for Brother sewing machines

This foot is useful for sewing the candlewick stitch as decorative stitching on clothes and quilts.  If you are stitching onto a single layer of fabric it is best to add stabiliser to the back before you start.

There is a deep groove in the sole of the presser foot which enables you to create beautiful decorative stitching without it being crushed by the foot.  It is quite open at the front to give you a clear view of your stitching.

More information and an instructional video can be found here.


Walking Foot

Part. No. XC2214052 RRP £34.99

Brother walking foot for quilting

The walking foot feeds multiple layers of fabric through at the same speed. Making it ideal for quilting, and for bag making. It has an open front so you can see where you are stitching, perfect for stitch in the ditch quilting. It is also great for using when you are matching prints or plaids as it will feed the fabrics through evenly to ensure precise pattern matching. For more ideas on what you can use this foot for visit our getting the most from your walking foot guide.

Please note there are a few different walking feet available for the Brother Machine, the type you require will depend upon your model.  See this page for more details.

Also available is a quilting guide that attaches to the walking foot to help you sew parallel rows of stitching. The item number for the guide is XC2215052


All of the feet and accessories mentioned above can be purchased through your local Brother dealer (use their dealer locator to find yours) or online via stockists including Sew Essential, Jaycotts and Exeter Sewing Machine Company. You can also view the full range of Brother Sewing machine feet and accessories on the Brother website. 

View part 2 of this feature here. 

Essential feet to buy for your sewing machine

Why not read our guide to using your walking foot next? 

How to use your walking foot