How to Sew Without a Presser Foot in 2023 (5 steps)

How to sew without a presser foot?

Sewing machines are great tools for creating beautiful garments. They allow you to create intricate designs and patterns at a very high speed.

How to Sew Without a Presser Foot

The downside is that they require a special tool called a regular presser foot. This tool helps align the fabric and prevent it from moving during sewing.

However, if you don’t have a pressure foot, you can still sew! In this article, we will show you how to sew without a presser foot.

Presser Foot and Its Function 

It is an essential part of your sewing machine. It allows you to sew through thicker fabrics such as leather or denim. The presser foot also keeps the fabric aligned while you stitch.

If you don’t have one, you can use a normal needle instead. However, it won’t be able to keep the fabric in place.

but don’t worry ,still you can make decorative stitch without pressor foot , you just need some practice.

Do All Sewing Machine Have Foot Pedals?

All sewing machines have foot pedals. These are used to control the feed dogs and other functions of the machine.

Some models come with built-in foot pedals. Others need additional ones. You can buy them separately.

As long as your sewing machine has a foot pedal, you can attach any type of presser foot 

How to Sew Without a Presser Foot

There are two ways to sew without using a presser foot. You can either attach a regular needle to your machine or use a free-motion foot.

 presser foot of sewing machine

Attach a Regular Needle to Your Machine

This method requires no additional equipment. All you need is a regular needle.

To do so, follow these steps:

1) Attach your thread to the bobbin. Make sure that the thread goes through the eye on the front of the machine.

2) Place the needle into the fabric and push down until it reaches the bottom of the fabric.

3) Pull up the needle slightly and then let go. Repeat step 2 and 3 several times.

4) Continue stitching by repeating steps 1–3.

Use a Free-Motion Foot Instead

Free-motion feet can help you create beautiful stitches. These feet move across the fabric as you stitch.

They are ideal for making curves, embroidery, and decorative stitches.

To use them, follow these steps:

1) Position the foot onto the fabric.

2) Lower the foot slowly.

3) Raise the foot slowly.

4) Repeat steps 1–3 several times.

How to Sew Without a Pressing Foot

When you are ready to start sewing, you will first need to set the machine’s feed dogs. To do so, follow these simple steps:

1) Open the top cover of the machine.

2) Remove the plastic plate covering the feed dog.

3) Close the top cover.

4) Set the desired setting on the dial.

5) Push the button.

6) Adjust the tension knob.

7) Close the top cover and repeat steps 4–6.

Now that you know how to sew without a pressing foot, you can get started with your projects.

Here are some tips to remember when sewing without a presser foot:

• Always check the pressure before starting to sew.

• Be careful not to stretch the fabric too much.

• Keep the fabric taut.

• Start sewing from the center of the piece.

• Don’t use pins to hold the fabric together.

• Try not to pull the fabric.

• Avoid pulling the fabric out of shape.

• When working with thicker and heavy fabrics like leather, try not to stretch the material.

• If you want to add a decorative element, use a free-motion machine foot.

• Remember that the fabric will be more prone to stretching if you work with heavier threads.

 How Do You Sew With A free Motion Foot?

A free motion foot allows you to create beautiful stitches. It moves across the fabric while you stitch.

It is especially useful for making curved seams, embroidery, decorative stitches, etc.

Follow these steps to learn how to sew with a free motion foot:

1) Attaching the Free Motion Foot

a) First, position the free motion foot onto the fabric. The opening in the middle should face toward you.

b) Next, lower the foot slowly.

c) Raise the foot slowly until it touches the surface of the fabric.

d) Repeat steps b–c several times.

e) Finally, remove the foot.

2) Stitching

a) Begin by lowering the foot slowly.

b) Lift the foot slowly.

c) Repeat steps a–b several times.

d) Once you feel comfortable with the movement, begin stitching.

3) Finishing

a) Finish by lifting the foot slowly.

side view of presser foot

Note: There are many different types of free motion feet available. Some are designed for specific purposes, such as embroidery or decorative stitches. Others are suitable for general purpose sewing.

4) Removing the Free Motion Foot

To remove the free motion foot, follow these steps:

a) Make sure the machine needle is locked into place.

b) Place the free motion foot on the fabric.

c) Slowly lift the foot.

d) Gently push down on the foot to release it from the fabric.

e) Repeat steps c–d until all the parts are removed.

f) Clean the area where the foot was attached.

5) Using Your Own Foot

If you prefer using your own foot instead of a free motion foot, here are some things to keep in mind:

a) Use an appropriate size foot for the type of fabric you are using.

b) For best results, make sure the needle is locked in place.

c) Before beginning to sew, test the tension of the thread.

d) Test the length of the foot.

e) Check to see if there are any loose threads.

f) To avoid stretching the fabric, start from the center of the fabric.

g) Keep the fabric taut and do not pull it.

h) Work slowly and carefully.

i) Remember that the fabric may become stretched if you work with heavy threads.

j) If you need to add a decorative element to your project, use a free motion foot.

k) Remember that the fabric will become more prone to stretching if it has been worked with heavy threads.

l) When working with thinner fabrics, use a regular sewing foot.

m) Be careful when removing the foot.

n) Always clean up after yourself.

o) Remember to always use protective equipment (gloves).

6) Tips & Tricks

a) Use a larger needle than usual.

b) Use a longer stitch length.

c) Reduce the feed dogs.

d) Increase the pressure of the foot.

7) Troubleshooting

a) If you find that the fabric is slipping off the table, check the tension of the thread first.

b) If you find that you cannot get the fabric to move smoothly, try reducing the tension of the thread slightly.

c) If you find that your fabric is becoming too stretched, reduce the amount of fabric being sewn.

d) If you find that there is no movement at all, change the needle.

e) If you find that only one side of the fabric is moving, try reversing the direction of the machine.

f) If you find that both sides of the fabric are moving, try changing the position of the fabric.


In this tutorial, you learned how to sew without a pressing foot. You also learned about various types of free motion feet, including embroidery, decorative and general purpose feet. Finally, you were shown how to troubleshoot problems that might arise while sewing.

Hope you learned something . 


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