How-To Thursday: The Guide to Sewing feet | The standard presser foot

The ultimate handmade wardrobe is taking shape which means a lot of sewing happened lately! And it’s been so much fun! :-)

While at my sewing machine the other day, I’ve realized that like many of you, all my knowledge about this craft has been acquired reading books and browsing the Internet. So even though I can whip up a dress or a jacket pretty easily, there’s still some things that remain a mystery.


That’s how this brand new feature for the How-To Thursday was created! Because we all have a few attachments that came with our machine but in my case, I rarely use them because I’m not quite sure about how and when to use them.

So I declare myself on a mission to uncover the mysteries behind every sewing machine feet that I own! Want to join me? :-)

And today we’ll start with the basics, the standard presser foot!

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You’re probably thinking: “why talk about the standard presser foot? It’s the most boring yet useful sewing feet there is and everyone knows how to use it.”

Well, besides being used for pretty much all general sewing, this foot has a very neat and often unknown function for sewing thick fabrics. Let me show you!

Let’s say you need to sew over a very thick layer of fabric like when topstitching my Jacqueline Hoodie. (pattern was just released yesterday, can you spot my hoodie on the Itch to Stitch blog? Check back here on Monday for more details and pictures! :-) )

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You want to start by sewing normally until you reach the thick part.

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Then, when the front of your sewing feet starts to rise due to the thick area, stop and put the needle down.

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Now comes the cool part! Raise the presser foot and push on the black button that’s on the back of the foot.

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Hold the black button and lower the presser foot. Like magic it’ll stay leveled over the thick area, making sewing over it a breeze! :-)

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You can now continue sewing without worry, the button will release itself automatically when you reach a normal thickness again.

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See the result, pretty cool no?

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Did you know about this mystery button? I’ve learned it from the nice Ladies at my local sewing shop, such a useful trick to have in your bag, especially when sewing thick fabric.

I’m already planning to start sewing jeans this week-end and without a doubt, this foot and its leveled button will be a tremendous help.

See you on Monday for my Jacqueline Hoodie recap! :-)

Work in progress

Lately, I’ve been feeling like writing blog posts is taking all of my free time. Sadly, this means I didn’t have enough time to create and actually make something.


Don’t get me wrong, I love dreaming up new posts and making tutorials and I certainly don’t plan on quitting it any time soon. What I need to do is find the perfect balance between sharing and making. However I had a big sewing project to complete last week and couldn’t find the time to blog and sew at the same time. A decision had to be made and I chose the real thing.

So I’ll start this week’s post by saying sorry about being missing in action last week but it was for a good cause! :-)

This made me think about all the projects I have going on and how I’ve never got around writing about them. So here’s my attempt to let you all in the loop and see what is currently being made in the Stitch-N-Smile’s studio!

(So the list doesn’t transform into a never-ending one, I’ll be sticking to the started or soon to be started projects. There’ll be another post for the futur ones! :-))

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A Moneta for Easter

Moneta, the brilliant dress pattern from Colette has been on my to-do list for ages. It’s the perfect quick and easy pattern to wear this Spring.

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I’m very happy with the result, it’s so pretty and comfortable. This dress is also very versatile, it can be easily paired with a leggings and cardigan if the weather isn’t too warm. Continue Reading

A new sewing table!

In last week post, I was writing about the absolutely beautiful vintage sewing table scored at a secondhand store.

And I wasn’t the only one happy about it, Joey was in love the minute it was in the house! ;-)

Vintage sewing table and cat

Now that the studio has been a little cleaned up and tidied, I can finally post pictures! So, here’s a picture of my new favorite corner of my home! :-) Continue Reading

Inspiration: Button Madness!

Are you also a button lover? Ever wonder what cool projects to make with your collection?

Don’t look any further, I’ve round up fun projects inspired by buttons or that you can easily make with them! Have a look and get inspired to use these cute craft supplies.


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