SWYFC Kickoff and Check In

Can you believe we’re already mid-way through the first week of SWYFC — how are you doing?

I made a pair of videos that get more in depth about what this challenge is all about and what the plan is for this week, which I hope you’ll enjoy. Please forgive my “outfit”, it was simply too hot to wear more than a sarong!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na2aTeIeLDU]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpbw1ygZVC0]


So let’s get more in detail with this week’s feet: the alternative to the standard foot, feet!

swyfc sew with your feet challenge alternative to standard foot presser feet sewing machine makingtheflame
Top side of alternative standard presser feet.
swyfc sew with your feet challenge alternative to standard foot presser feet sewing machine makingtheflame
Underside of alternative standard presser feet.

The first among these, with which I’m actually pretty familiar, is the roller foot — the one in the middle. This is my go-to foot for really squishy, stretchy fabrics like gauze and lightweight knits. Instead of dragging along the top side of the fabric, the rollers on the underside of the foot act like little feed dogs, and it’s possible to get a more even feed. I guess you could say it’s the (very) poor man’s walking foot! The shirting fabric I’ve chosen is a pretty loose weave cotton, so using the roller foot will work out well.

On the far left is a “silicon foot”. It’s one of the feet I bought in Los Angeles from Golden Cutting & Sewing Supplies, so it’s a tool and a souvenir! I got it because I have some leather I’d eventually like to turn into classy gloves, but for this challenge I’m going to pair it with the heavyweight cotton twill fabric that will be a skirt. My thinking is that the roller feet might have too much to grab onto, whereas the silicon foot can glide right over all that lovely texture.

On the far right is a what is basically a standard presser foot, except that it has two special features: a little black button, and a clear section in the middle. Firstly, the button. It’s called a leveller, and it helps sew over thick seams, or regular seams on thick fabric. Push it in to engage the foot’s ability to stay level, and then it will automatically disengage when fully supported by the bulk of the fabric. It’s basically a built in hump jumper. The clear section is wide and flat where the standard presser foot is more open — this allows the leveller foot to cover more surface area of the fabric at any given time than a standard foot. I can see this being helpful where you need help keeping a narrow piece of fabric fully under the control of the presser foot, so perhaps this foot would be good at sewing narrow seam allowances on thick fabrics? I’m definitely going to have to test this theory out … on camera. And I promise, next time I’ll dress for the occasion. :)


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  1. Ok, I think I’m loving this. To be honest with you I’ve only used one presser foot even though i have more than one. ( 6 or 7 I think).
    Ive been very lazy trying to go around reading how and what to do with them. Double palm on my face with one eye peeking in the middle. :)
    I’m following your posts on this and hoping you’ll share what each presser feet are for and how they look with the stitch on.

    1. Yay, glad to be helpful! Samples and examples are forthcoming, definitely stay tuned. And join in the challenge — give your feet a whirl (once you know what they’re good for, hah)!

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