National Sewing Month: Presser Feet Tips

Happy National Sewing Month! Here at WeAllSew we’re celebrating through the month of September with sewing machine inspiration, tips, tutorials, and 4 weeks of fun giveaways. In our last week of posts we’re taking a closer look at sewing machine presser feet and accessories. There are so many BERNINA specialty feet and accessories that are made to help you sew your best projects, and these are just a few of our favorites! Keep reading to the bottom of the post to find out how to enter this week’s fantastic giveaway for your chance to win our fantastic prize package!

What's in your kit: presser feete

Why are there so many different presser feet? There’s more than one reason why you should consider exploring the many presser feet and accessories available to you as a BERNINA sewist, and you can learn more here.

Elasticator in action

Useful presser feet are not restricted to sewing machines! Overlockers also offer options for specialty feet, allowing to expand the creative possibilities it offers.


Historically, couching was a hand-sewing embellishment technique used to adorn tapestries creating visual interest and flair. This form of embroidery involves stitching heavier strands of cord, yarn or trim to a textile surface. Adapted to machine sewing, this is a fun way to add decoration to your projects! Learn all about three BERNINA presser feet for couching in this post.


There are specific applications where a precisely sewn quarter-inch seam is necessary, such as patchwork or some crafts. BERNINA offers six different patchwork quarter-inch seam feet to fit the needs of any sewist or quilter and suit your work style. Let’s walk through a brief history of BERNINA Patchwork Feet in this post!

Invisible zipper pillow cover tutorial from WeAllSew

If you’re going to be sewing any kind of zipper you’ll definitely want to use one of BERNINA’s zipper feet. Meet the zipper feet and learn how to use them here.

Sewing the perfect circle is as easy as getting to know the BERNINA Circular Attachment #83.

sample bands of stitching

If you need to see exactly where you’re sewing those pretty decorative stitches, read up on these tips to stitching with Clear embroidery foot #39.

BERNINA Stitch Plates

How can a simple stitch plate affect your stitches? The stitch plate is something we put on and forget as we sew on our merry way. So, what’s special about a stitch plate? A lot—let’s take a closer look in this post explaining the difference in stitch plates.

stitching eyelets

Making embroidered eyelets with Eyelet Set #82 with Eyelet Foot #92 is the easiest free-motion technique you’ll ever sew, and the results will be beautiful the first time you try it! You can create embroidered eyelets to adorn all types of projects from clothing to bags to belts. Learn how in this post all about Eyelet set #82.


Creating gathers or pleats for voluminous skirts or trims can be tedious. If you’re looking for a simple solution, the ruffler may be exactly what you need.

joining ribbons

One of the most often used BERNINA presser feet is Edgestitch Foot #10/10C/10D. Use it for multiple techniques from topstitching, to joining laces to making tucks. See how you can use this versatile foot to join edging or trim with this simple tip.

Rulerwork with Adjustable ruler foot #72

Free motion quilting with rulers is a technique to help you sew straight lines and clean curves. Learning this technique still requires a unique skill set. The most beneficial tool for this technique is Adjustable Ruler Foot #72. This presser foot was specifically designed for working with acrylic rulers. Learn all about Rulerwork with Adjustable ruler foot #72 here.


Add multiple decorative cords, small ribbons, or floss directly to your sewing project with this technique! Learn about Flat Couching With Cording Feet here.

At first glance, Blindstitch Foot #5 and Edgestitch Foot #10/10C/10D appear to be the same. A closer look in this post shows differences in the feet that relate to the purpose of each one.

National Sewing Month Week 4 Giveaway!

The giveaway is now closed to comments. Congratulations to our Week 4 WeAllSew winner, fan @redhairedlady!

One lucky WeAllSew reader will win this fun package featuring sewing tools and accessories! You could win your very own BERNINA Limited Edition Golden Presser Foot #1!

Golden Anniversary Giveaway


All you have to do is post a comment below and answer the question, “Which presser feet or accessories would you like to learn more about?” The the giveaway is open for comments through Sunday, September 29.

The giveaway is open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. One comment per fan. Comment must be submitted to the blog by Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 11:59 PM Central Time. Winner will be chosen randomly. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to contact to claim the prize.

151 thoughts on “National Sewing Month: Presser Feet Tips

    1. I have an Artista 730 and a 215. I was originally told that the feet would be interchangeable. Now, I am not so sure about that. I’d like to know which ones, if any, are interchangeable.

    2. I would love to have more information on the Bernina Stitch Regulator. I often have issues using this attachment. Also, more information on uses for Foot #29.

    3. I would like to have more information on the #10.. Edgestitch Foot. I could use this for my granddaughter’s clothes, if I knew more. The zipper feet intrigued me. Thank you. I love my Bernina, even if it is a smaller model!

  1. I would like to learn more about binder foot #88. I’m mostly curious about how I might be able to use the foot to apply knit ribbing/binding to a knit garment.

  2. I would love to learn to sew circles and do text circles – never knew that was possible!! Also, I would like to learn how to draw with thread using the stitch regulator. This is my first Bernina (haven’t been sewing for years) and I’m blown away at what can be done…I just need to learn ?

  3. I am so pleased with my 97D foot. It is the best 1/4″ foot. I never worry about my corners either.
    I have used my BSR so many times. Each time I learn more about the regulation of stitches and timing moving the material.

  4. I would like to learn more about the binding tools. Binding is my least favorite part of making a quilt and I’m hoping that maybe with a binding attachment and foot I wouldn’t find adding binding to be such a chore.

  5. It’s really very hard to chose just one. All of them speak to me whispering of future projects. 🙂 I think I am most interested in the eyelet “set” , circular attachment and edgestitch foot….but mainly the eyelet.

  6. I absolutely love #55 for quilting the vines around the boarder of a quilt then going back and free motion quilting in leaves. It gives me very even stitched in a curvy vine.
    What else are favorite ways others use #55?

  7. I have the Binding Foot but haven’t used it yet on either of my machines- B880 or B590. I’d like to be able to feel capable of using this remarkable foot. Perhaps a how-to video or lesson project with this foot would be the jump start that I need. 🙂

  8. I would like to know about hemming. I want to make 1/2 inch or 1 inch hems on cotton fabric. What presser foot would do the job. They all seem to make such narrow hems..

  9. I would like to know more about uses for in addition to their primary use. I.e. 12C _i bought it for large piping even though its listed as a bulky overlock(so no idea how to use it for its intended purpose). And I also saw that you can use it for couching in a recent post! I think it also workstation a top stitch guide as it has one Sid thinner than the other… I’d like to learn new uses, ways to get more mileage out of feet!

  10. I have long struggled learning to make the perfect buttonhole. They look so intimidating…..I guess I need to jump in and try and practice. This post will be what gives me that last little push…..

  11. I would like to know more about decorative bobbin work. I have the special bobbin but I am afraid to get started without some instruction from a credible source.

  12. My first response would be free motion foot, but when I see this post – I realize I need to learn about MANY different feet! How lovely to have a gold foot!

  13. I love the hemmer feet for doing fine rolled hems in garments. I also love the ruffler as it makes it so easy to do yards and yards of ruffles for curtains and little girl dresses. Thank you Bernina for making so many different feet for different projects. Love all of the different feet because i have almost everyone.

  14. I really love all the presser feet. I collect them even though I don’t need them but maybe someday I will. I have been collecting them for over 20 yrs. I love each and every one of them.

    1. Yes! They make sewing easier and the end result professional. I keep looking for an excuse to add to my collection and enjoy learning varied uses for each foot.

  15. I’d love to know more about how to successfully use the various binding feet. I really struggle to get consistent results. I’d also love to more information on how to use the circle attachment.

  16. I’d like to find out more about the Bernina Patchwork foot. I do lots of crafts with my Bernina and this looks like it would do a lot of different things

  17. You have given us so many great tutorials and patterns for using the various feet. I am petrified to turn the screw on the bobbin case in order to use decorative thread in the bobbin. Interested in any of the feet and the tips you offer to use them

  18. I’m curious to learn the difference, and how to use, the different binder feet. The little video doesn’t go into enough detail.

    Thank you for your kindness,

  19. I would like to learn more about the Spanish hemstitch 47 foot. I was also very disappointed that my phone Bernina Accessories app doesn’t work anymore. Now I don’t have a clue which feet I need to buy.

  20. I would like to learn more about the different feet for binding. also does the walking foot only go for a 5 machine, or will it fit my 9 830? I used a walking foot on a 530 but still confused about the set up on a 9 machine. cheers.

  21. I would like to learn more about the applications for using the eyelet attachment and coordinating presser foot! Looks like it could be very creative with some ideas!

  22. I just added a circular foot to my stash and would love do learn how to use it properly! The quarter inch foot is the most recent one that I have tried, but it was purely experimental.

  23. Great question. I looked in my storage container for my answer. I’ve never used my #3 foot. I had to look in my manual for it’s name. It’s the overlock foot. I’d like to see how many ways I can use this foot.

  24. I would love to see information about the walking foot showing all the different attachments, the ruffler foot showing all you can do with it and the binding foot. It is the one I don’t have. I. know there is so much more with the walking foot and ruffler foot that goes unused. Also I like to be able to save t he information in a book form so I can read it without an internet connection. Thanks

  25. I would like to learn more about the circular foot. I had the bonding foot. I returned it as no one knew how to use it in the store. I would rebuy it now I’ve moved Igbo could get more assistance using it.

  26. I am interested in the foot that sews on buttons. I tried it at Bernina Academy, but wasn’t completely satisfied in the job it did. The button seemed too loose. I’m wondering if there’s any tips to make it tighter.

  27. As the owner of a new 570 QE (my first Bernina), The Big Book of Feet, is on my wish list. I really want to learn ruler work, #72 is the next foot for me to to discover.

  28. I would like to learn more about the circular attachment foot. I have most of the other feet and do use them. Couldn’t be without them. My only complaint is that when you buy a new machine the feet do not as a rule. Very few will and to purchase them all is very expensive after buying the machine. I currently own 5 Bernina machines.

  29. I would like to know more about the dual feed presser feet. Does “D” series feet eliminate the need for the walking foot, which I use very often.Thank you.

  30. I would like to learn tips on Free-Motion Couching foot #43 even I had watched the Bernina’s video, I still in need on some tips, since when I sew by one direction, the needle catch the yarn. When I turn to other direction, the yarn is off of needle. Help me please!

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