My Presser Feet Journey
Taught by my Grandmother, I began my sewing journey at the young age of 10 years old. A love for sewing was born and I took every class I could until college then went on to earn a degree in Clothing/Textiles and a Master’s in Design. Over a 20 year span I sewed on several machines – my grandmother’s vintage machine, my mother’s hand-me-down, a college gift from my parents, and finally one that I purchased myself.
Each of these machines had five to six presser feet but I barely used a total of three. Most of my sewing, from t-shirts and tailored jackets to wedding gowns were stitched using an all-purpose foot; however, I sometimes used a zipper foot for sewing close to the coils. Although my buttonholes didn’t look that great, I still opted to use an all-purpose foot over a buttonhole foot since I was still learning.
I was introduced to a whole new world of sewing when I became a sales rep at BERNINA of America and things quickly changed for me. I became very interested in the sewing and education part of the business and had no idea of the power of presser feet. I learned that knowing how to sew and using a machine were two very different concepts.
The first specialty presser foot I used was an edgestitch foot which is one of my all-time favorites! I aspired to have perfect topstitching and realized in order to get there I had room for improvement. When I put the edgestitch foot on the machine and used the guide as I stitched, I had perfect topstitching; my sewing skills improved and all I did was use the proper presser foot! I’m grateful for the time spent in the education and training departments at BERNINA because I greatly improved the quality of my sewing and presser feet knowledge. I am proud to say that I still partner with BERNINA on special projects: I am the editor of, The Big Book of Feet: A Guide to BERNINA Presser Feet and Accessories, I teach a few classes, and write for their blog, WeAllSew.com.
I created Sewfeet.com as a way to share my passion for sewing with all levels of stitchers. I’m happy to announce that we will touch on a wide variety of sewing techniques and projects, paying particular attention to the presser feet and attachments that can help you sew better, faster, and more creatively!