How to Use the Fringe Presser Foot – 6 Ideas When Sewing

Unlocking the Potential of the Fringe Foot

Unlock Creativity: 6 Fringe Foot Sewing Ideas for Stunning Projects!

Ever tried the fringe foot, sometimes called the looper or tacking foot? It’s a delightful accessory for adding 3D loops or thread fringes to your creations. Plus, it can even double as a tailor tack! Excited? Dive in to discover its wonders.

Understanding the Fringe Foot

Although several fringe foot types are available, most operate similarly. For instance, I’ve played with both the Brother SA142 and a generic fringe foot. While the Brother boasts slightly better metal quality, the generic one isn’t far behind. The essence of the fringe foot lies in its central bar, which facilitates looped stitches when the machine performs zigzag stitches or other compatible ones. This design ensures raised thread loops on the fabric. And if you’re wondering about its structure, it has two holding feet forming a V at the bar’s connection point.

Setting Up

Most fringe feet are compatible with low-shank machines, and adaptors can help fit others. I can swiftly interchange feet on my Singer and Brother machines using a lever. Just press, remove the existing foot, and hook up the fringe foot!

Addressing Fringe Foot Issues

While using my generic foot, I encountered a challenge. The small bar was slightly too elevated, leading to thread jams when using denser stitches. Though adjusting the bar seemed tough, I successfully filed it down for a better fit. All smooth sailing after!

Before You Begin…

Short stitch lengths may cause thread bunching over the bar.
Thick threads create denser loops; be mindful of bar congestion.
Always start with the handwheel ensuring needle clearance to prevent breakage.
Carefully move the fabric to the back once done.

Six Ways to Rock the Fringe Foot

  1. Creating Intact Eyelash Loops: This technique offers a straightforward 3D effect. Adjust your machine settings, then go on to sew gorgeous loop patterns.
  2. Constructing One-Sided Eyelash Fringe: After forming loops as in #1, side-stitch using a zigzag foot. Subsequently, slice the loops to attain an eyelash effect.
  3. Fashioning One-Sided or Eyelash Loops: Adopt a similar approach from #1, but avoid reverse stitching. This results in looped fringe endings.
  4. Utilizing as a Tailor Tack for Basting: With its easy removal, the fringe foot proves ideal for fabric marking, which you can later eliminate without fuss.
  5. Overcasting Stitch with the Fringe Foot: Secure both loop sides, enabling a middle cut for parallel fringe.
  6. Seaming Fagoted Patterns: Combine fabrics using desired allowances, separate layers, then employ satin stitch for enhancement.

Limitations to Remember

Making tight turns or angles, like floral outlines, can be challenging. Additionally, it may take some trials to find the ideal stitch dimensions. But once dialed in, the results are splendid!

Key Points at a Glance

Aspect Details
Tool Fringe Foot (aka Looper/Tacking Foot)
Primary Function Creating 3D Loops and Thread Fringes
Key Component Central Bar
Machine Compatibility Low-shank machines (with adaptors for others)
Drawbacks Tight turns & initial setting adjustments


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