3 must-have Bernina presser feet and how I use them
Recently, while I was working on a new dress, I noticed just how many different presser feet I use over the course of one project.
It wasn’t always like this. Though machines I’ve had in the past came with a multitude of different feet, it realy wasn’t until I adopted my current Bernina that I realized just how vital they are to professional-looking sewing.
Sure, I’d use a zipper foot when I needed to, but mostly I stuck with the standard straight stitch foot for 90% of my sewing. Rarely would I switch more than once over the course of a single project.
All that changed when I got my Bernina. Partly, it’s because Bernina offers such a huge variety of presser feet and attachments that learning how and when to use them became a lot more fun.
But mostly it’s the quality of the parts. With other feet I’d used before, I just didn’t see a huge difference between using the speial foot and relying on my own hand-eye coordination. With my feet now, I know there’s a faster, easier, and more reliable way to do it.
So, today I’m going to tell you about my 3 favorite feet, how I use them, and how I store them. I’ll also include some links to great articles on Bernina’s blog, WeAllSew.com, where their experts go into even more detail.
1. The edgestitch foot (#10)
Other than the #1 foot, this is the foot that gets the most use in my sewing room.
Though it’s called the edgestitch foot, it has tons of uses beyond edgestitching. I use it for edgestitching, topstitching, stitching in the ditch, joining with a zigzag and more.
My favorite way to use it is to get even hems. After folding and pressing a hem in place, I always use the edgestitch foot to stitch the hem down from the wrong side. The vertical plate goes right up against the fold and keeps my hem tidy and even, without excess stitcking up.
Over at WeAllSew, this article explains 10 different uses for the #10 edgestitch foot.
2. The invisible zipper foot (#35)
This is the first foot I bought for my Bernina (since it came with most of the basic ones).
I sew a ton of invisible zippers because I make a lot of dresses. This is hands-down the best invisible zipper foot I’ve used.
Here’s what it looks like from the front. The foot has two diagonal channels that hold the teeth of the zipper perfectly in place while you sew.
I also like that you don’t need to adjust the needle position at all in order to sew the zipper in. That way, you don’t have to worry about stitching too close to the edge (so the zipper won’t close) or too far from the edge (leaving the zipper tape exposed).
It works perfectly every time.
Bernina has a video tutorial on using this foot over on WeAllSew as well.
By the way, if you own a Bernina and don’t have this foot, it’s currently 25% off at participating dealers this month!
3. The blindstitch foot (#5)
Last, I simply adore the blindstitch foot.
I love sewing blind hems. In fact, it’s become my go-to hem for most of my garments lately. The reasons I love it are:
- It gives a really professional invisible finish. It elevates the look of quality to the garment.
- It is a great was to sew a deep hem, so that you can lengthen or shorten the garment later on.
I’ve used other blindstitch feet before, but nothing comes close to the results I get with the #5 foot, quite honestly.
In the past, I’d always dealt with a bit of uneveness in blindstitching, so that the zigzag stitches don’t quite bite into the fold of fabric. This would mean that the hem wouldn’t be completely secured, and I’d have to go back and tediously restitch some parts of the hem.
I rarely have that problem now. This foot works flawlessly almost every time, so these hems are a joy to sew.
Here’s a tutorial and video from Bernina on sewing the blind hem, over at WeAllSew again.
Those are my top 3 favorites, but of course it depends on the type of sewing you’re doing. You can learn way more about Bernina feet and see a bunch of video tutorials over on their blog.
Which feet are your must-haves when you sew?