The straight stitch presser foot, also known as the quarter-inch foot, is primarily designed for sewing on ultra-lightweight and lightweight fabrics (i.e., silk, lightweight knits, sheer woven, etc.). Although, it works well with any fabric, especially for edge stitching and sewing parallel lines.
What is a Straight Stitch Presser Foot?
There are two types of straight stitch presser feet. There's a narrow foot, which is the one we have in the video. Then there's a wide foot, to better help with fabric that can be somewhat unruly (ruffles, faux fur, felt, etc.) and to measure a larger seam allowance up to a 1/2". Regardless of which version, the straight stitch presser foot only works with a straight stitch, hence the name.
Materials Used in This Video:
Straight stitch presser foot (narrow)
Thread (100% spun polyester is recommended)
How To Use a Straight Stitch Presser Foot
Before you start anything, though, lower the needle to ensure it's centered over the presser foot, and the sewing machine is set to a straight stitch. Otherwise, the needle will break on the presser foot!
A narrow straight stitch foot's little toe measures 1/4" in width. So, sewing anything with a 1/4" seam allowance or a 1/4" seam is easy! The middle notch on the little toe measures 1/8" away from the center of the foot. This is perfect for edge stitching, which is often 1/8" from an edge or seam.
The straight stitch presser foot looks plain and unassuming, but it can do so much more than you may initially think. It can definitely be beneficial to have in your presser foot collection!