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Teflon Foot

Teflon Foot

Teflon Foot

Have you ever worked with vinyl, leather, oil cloth, microfiber, or any other type of material that had a surface that was difficult to feed through your machine? Did you know that the source of relief for this frustrating situation could be as simple as changing your sewing foot?

Try a teflon, or non-stick foot! This foot has a teflon sole (some styles may also be completely coated by or made of teflon). This teflon material works the same way for your fabric as it does for frying pans, letting what ever is in contact with it's surface simply glide through.

Teflon has a slickness that greatly decreases the friction which occurs between a standard foot and the fabric being stitched. Makes sense, doesn't it? These specialty fabrics may have a glossy and seemingly smoother surface but that is just what causes the issue. The smooth non-porous surface of the fabric makes a great bond with the smooth non-porous sole of a standard foot. Changing out your standard presser foot for one with a teflon sole is like adding a lubricant to help greatly reduce the friction and gripping between the foot and fabric (Note: a teflon foot does not actually contain or add any actual lubricant, only a theoretical lubricant).

There are teflon feet available for all makes and models of sewing machines and there is now even one for the serger, yeah!!! This is definitely a foot that you will want to make sure that you have at the ready. You never know when it will come in handy.

Happy Sewing,



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