Today, we will talk about the Teflon Foot and how it can change the way you sew difficult fabrics.
You can use this presser to sew clothes, accessories, and even home sewing projects such as tablecloths, curtains, reusable snacks bags, and much more!
So, keep reading because I will give you the best tips to take advantage of this sewing machine accessory.
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This presser foot tutorial is part of our evergreen Sewing Machine Presser Feet guide. Make sure also to check out our tutorials on how to use a rolled hem foot, how to use a blind hem foot, and how to use a gathering foot.
All of these posts contain precious information. And we are going to add more to this list of presser foot tutorials.
Back to the Teflon Foot.
Make sure you have this specialty foot. There’s going to be a lot of My golden Thimble’s projects where we will use it.
Forget about tucking in the fabric over and over again because the machine “eats” the fabric.
Also, you won’t need to buy extra fabric because it got ruined due to wrinkles or irregular stitches.
This little sewing machine attachment is the solution to perfect stitches on vinyl, faux leather, and many other materials.
What is the Teflon foot is used for?
This non-stick foot is used to make straight and zig-zag seams on sticky or heavyweight fabrics with shiny finishes such as plastic, vinyl, lycra, or faux leather.
Its Teflon cover allows it to slide over these types of fabrics instead of getting stock as your regular metallic foot.
It has come to make our lives easier. As simple as that.
If you have ever tried to sew with any of the materials above you, know how frustrating it can be.
The fabric gathers, your seams are bunched up, and it sticks to the presser foot making it impossible to sew.
Well, with this presser foot, you can forget about that headache.
How to change the presser foot on a Sewing Machine?
Home sewing machines allow you to change the presser foot with a couple of movements. You first want to raise the needle and the presser foot handles to their highest point.
Press the release button on the back of the presser foot holder. Remove your current foot.
Place the presser foot you want to use below the holder. Make sure that the pin is aligned with the notch of the holder.
Slowly lower the presser foot lever, so the presser foot snaps into the notch. Raise your holder to check if the foot is correctly attached.
Thanks to its Teflon surface, this foot becomes non-stick, and the sticky part (plastic or leather) of the fabric can run better when sewing.
Be sure to research what type of foot your sewing machine can use.
Here are some Teflon presser feet for different brands of sewing machines:
What brand of presser foot should I get?
The non-stick presser foot Teflon snap by DREAMSTITCH, is compatible with brands such as Babylock, Bernina, Brother, Elna, Juki, Singer, Kenmore, and Necchi.
The non-stick presser foot snap by ZIGZAGSTORM to models like Pfaff.
The Snap-on Non-Stick Foot is compatible with Pfaff Home sewing machines is made by ckpsms Brand. This one also works on some other machine brands previously mentioned.
Finally, the presser foot by HONEYSEW is compatible with Husqvarna Viking.
For more specifications, check your manual to see compatibilities.
I also invite you to search for your sewing machine in the product description on Amazon.
Teflon foot presser Tutorial
1. Change the needle.
Sewing with specialty fabrics is not only going to need a special foot. You will also need to choose the best needle size for it.
Analyze your fabric; depending on the weight, we can use a needle for medium-weight fabrics or a different kind for heavy fabrics.
2. Attach the Teflon foot to your sewing machine.
Following the above instructions above, attach the Teflon foot to your sewing machine.
Adjust the stitch tension, stitch length, and stitch width according to the type of fabric.
To sew vinyl, lengthen the stitch of your machine.
We usually sew at a stitch of 2.5mm, but I recommend a long stitch of 3.5mm for this material.
This will help you to have a stronger seam. And, in case you make a mistake, it will be way easier to unstitch.
Then, adjust the position of your needle to the center if you want to sew straight or the zig-zag stitch.
3. Feed your fabric
Put the fabric under the foot and align the fabric.
Place the bobbin and needle threads to the back and lower the presser foot.
4. Start Sewing
Start sewing with either a straight or a zigzag stitch on a scrap piece of the same material first.
Once you are sure that your thread tension and other settings are correct, you can move on to your actual fabric.
Tips and Recommendations to use a Teflon Foot:
- Use long stitches on your projects; this improves the presentation, enhances strength, and reduces fraying.
- To reduce fraying and increase seam strength, use a heavier weight thread like a polyester thread.
- If the surface is still sticky, place a layer of paper over the fabric (under the foot) and sew. This should help the fabric run better.
- Remember to use the appropriate size needle for sewing this type of fabric.
- Look for other ways to hold the fabric such as sewing clips, as these can damage the fabric, for example, binder clips, as they can hold a heavyweigth fabric.
Let us know in the comments below your thoughts on this post. Did you know about this presser foot? Have you used it before?