Also known as a J foot, this sewing presser foot is magic once you know what that button does
Hey y’all, today I’m going to let you in on a sewing trick – how to use a self leveling presser foot, also known as a J foot on some machines. It’s kind of like a magic trick once you know what it does. And I will admit – I sewed for a loooong time with one of these feet and I had NO IDEA that the button on the side had a function. So if you have also been sewing along in oblivion, today I’m sharing the secret.
You know how sometimes you’ll be sewing along, and then you cross a thick seam, and your machine might stall for a second and not want to push the fabric through? Say, like sewing over a flat felled denim seam like shown below? Well, the self leveling foot takes care of that for you!
Here’s a little video showing how it works, which you can also watch on YouTube here.
In case you prefer written instructions, here they are.
Time needed: 1 minute
How to use a self leveling foot
- Sew until you get to the thick seam.
You’ll notice your presser foot toe starting to point up.
- Stop sewing with the needle down
Lift the presser foot. Press the side button to lock the foot in a level position.
- Lower the presser foot and continue to sew.
The button will automatically pop back out after you sew past the thick seam.
That’s all there is to it – no need to use a hump jumper or another tool to help you get over those thick seams if you have this foot. Check out the comparison of the presser foot before and after leveling it below.
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If your machine didn’t come with a self leveling foot and it will take snap on feet, you can get your own presser foot here (affiliate link). And for more tips for sewing thick fabrics, check this post.