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with Wendy Gardiner
Online Class

The Sewer's Toolbox: Presser Feet & Needles

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Achieve incredible results with the ultimate sewing machine foot guide, taught by sewing guru Wendy Gardiner. Never second-guess needle size again, as you learn which is best for fine or heavy-duty projects. Then, learn how standard feet can save time and add detail. Create chunky seams with the zigzag foot and sew decorative details with the satin stitch and straight stitch feet. You'll discover how zipper feet can be used to create piping, a hidden zipper and more. Move on to techniques that make hemming, edge stitching and buttonholes a breeze with the blind hem and buttonhole feet. Switch to specialty feet for easy ways to sew slippery, thick and sticky fabrics. Spice up your home decor with trims and pintucks. Finally, finish your projects with flair by exploring the possibilities of bias binding, beading, braiding and ruffler feet.


  • intermediate
  • 9 episodes
  • 3h11m

Included in this Class

1. About This Class

1. About This Class

Meet expert sewer Wendy Gardiner and get an overview of the needles and feet covered in your class. Wendy explains how to use the class as a reference guide: Watch the lessons in order or skip to the kind of foot you want to work with whenever the need arises!

2. Needle Know-How

2. Needle Know-How

Wendy takes the guesswork out of needle choices, explaining which kinds and sizes of needles are best suited to projects ranging from heavy-duty sewing with denim and leather to finer work with silks and chiffons. See how to change needles and work with specialty varieties such as twin needles.

3. Standard Presser Feet

3. Standard Presser Feet

Explore standard feet that make sewing easier. Wendy shows how to change your presser feet, level a zigzag foot for chunky seams and use a zigzag stitch for elastics. Play with the quilter's guide and quarter-inch foot, the straight stitch foot and even a satin stitch foot for decorative work.

Recommended with this class

  • Specialty feet (as desired), including blind hem, buttonhole, overedge, invisible zipper, satin stitch, walking, bias binding, couching, pintuck, ruffler, beading, quarter-inch, rolled hem, roller and nonstick feet
  • Interfacing and stabilizers
  • Assortment of standard and specialty sewing machine needles (as desired)