If you’re just starting out on this exciting new hobby of sewing, you are likely learning how to sew as you go along. You may have read some guides, downloaded a template or two or even completed a sewing machine project. In this time you’ve likely come across various sewing machine feet and wondered as to their suitability and use for your sewing machine projects. Here at Empisal, we have compiled this quick guide to familiarise you with the most common feet and their uses:

The All-Purpose Foot

As its name implies, this open-toed foot is suitable for all application. It is the foot you are likely to leave on your machine and comes as a standard with an affordable sewing machine like the Empisal Creations.

Free Motion Darning Foot

If you are a quilter, this foot allows free-hand machine quilting or ‘strippling’. It gives you maximum freedom to embroider or quilt any line or curvature as you wish.

Quarter Inch Foot

This foot has a built-in guide that keeps your fabric in-line and leaves a ¼ inch seam allowance. Perfect for dressmaking or fabric bags and hats, it is a cheap piece of sewing equipment that gives very professional results.

Even-Feed Walking Foot

This foot is designed for sewing multiple layers of fabric together. It is also very useful for matching patterns like large motifs, checks, stripes, and plaids. If you are sewing an overlay onto a more ‘fluid’ fabric like silk, this foot creates a smoother seam.

Roller Foot

This specialised foot is used on heavy materials like denim, velvet, and leather. The small roller in the front acts like a mini bulldozer, which smoothes the material before it hits the needle; allowing you to make even stitches over the heavy fabric.


Whether you are just learning how to sew or whether you are an old hand, Empisal has everything you need for your sewing machine project. From sewing machines to overlockers to general sewing equipment, we cater for your every sewing need.  Find out more about us,  our products and contact us today!