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Video: Top 5 Presser Feet that Aren’t a Waste of Money

Sewing machine presser feet can be expensive, which begs the question, which ones are actually worth buying? I’ve been sewing for over 30 years, first on a Singer, then a Viking/Husqvarna and now I have a Bernina 1230. Over the years I’ve bought so many presser feet that were duds, i.e overpriced and underperforming. But some have actually been worthwhile, and in this video Iist my faves.

Now this is a highly personal list and there is at least one feet missing on my list that I know many of you love. Can you guess which one I’m thinking about?

Now before you buy a new presser foot, check that the foot is compatible with your model and not just the brand. I’ve also had better luck with original, brand presser feet, but I’m sure there are no-names ones that are really good too! Also, one caveat with my list is that there might be some machine brands that have a sub-par version of a foot that I’m listing. So make sure to check out the reviews.

By the way, I’ve also done a post about Janome Coverpro feet and accessories too, if you want to get my thoughts on these tools as well.


  • Nancy Karpen
    May 12, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    I had a Viking before I bought my Bernina and the Bernina blind hemming foot is hands down much better than the Viking foot. It’s easy to get a nearly invisible stitch. I never thought to use it for ponte pants so thank you.

    • Johanna Lundström
      May 14, 2020 at 9:35 am

      I agree with you on that! While I was able to get really good result with the Viking eventually, it did go much smoother from the start with the Bernina version. And the blind-hem is amazing for ponte fabrics! I use that as my standard hem method on those knits

    • MultiVroon
      May 14, 2020 at 11:59 am

      I really like the biaisbinder foot, the double transport foot and the gather/pleatfoot. They are more like little add on machines though 🙂

      I love and use all the time the guide foot. It’s sad that they don’t or hardly come with a wide opening for the needle so you can use them left- and right-sided and in the middle.

  • Donna
    May 13, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Now I’m better educated about which presser feet need to become part of my collection. Thank you!

  • Linda Dinnocenzo
    May 13, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks for your great quality video as always. Content is good too. I learn something new every time. I didn’t know about some of these feet and they would probably help me be a better sewer. I have the blind hem foot but not the other ones? At least I don’t think so. I usually don’t think to change my foot unless my manual tells me too. 🙂

    • Johanna Lundström
      May 14, 2020 at 9:37 am

      Thank you for your kind words about my content! Some feet are definitely worth investing in, whereas others have been a miss to be honest. I think I will do a follow-up to this video discussing the feet that I felt didn’t live up to my expectations at some point!

  • Heidi Schmidt
    October 10, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Fantastic video. I just bought a Bernina 1230 and it didn’t have very many pressure feet.
    Can I use the blind hemmer foot as an edge stitch they look similar but not sure if it would work with a straight stitch.
    Thank you

  • Suchi
    February 17, 2023 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you for all your sewing tips-I’m learning so much with your tips and tutorials – specially sewing with Knits- am looking forward to your Book! With regard to the Edgestitch foot on a Bernina, I have a walking foot for my Bernina- which has an Edgestitch attachment(has made me fall in love with sewing knits!) – is it worthwhile to buy a separate #10 Edgestitch foot on top of that?


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