Hello everyone! I am in the process of organizing my sewing room. One of the things that I really try to keep organized are my machine feet. When I am sewing, I don’t want to have to stop and look for a foot. If I am packing up to take a teaching trip, I want to be able to grab the feet I am going to be using without having to hunt for them.
In case you don’t know, I am a collector. As you can see above, I have a plastic storage container that I got at Michael’s or Joann’s. It has movable dividers, so I can make the sections larger (for my buttonhole foot, for example) as needed. This box usually stays at my sewing machine. I don’t typically take it with me when I teach, for several reasons. First, it is HEAVY! These are Bernina feet, which all have a shank that is made of metal. I hoard every pound in my luggage, I and I don’t want to waste ounces on feet that I will not use in class. I also don’t want to take the chance that they will get lost through the baggage process or that they might grow feet (haha) and walk away during class.
I have a few other foot storage solutions for when I travel.
For years, I used these little pencil containers. They are usually available around back to school time (one year they were on sale at Staples for 1 cent). I usually have 5-7 feet when I travel, and they fit, along with some bobbins and needles. I had one for my 580, one for my 1530, and one for my 7570. While they did the job, there are a couple of things that I did not like. As you can see, these can get kind of messy. My feet and bobbins were all jumbled up and I would have to dump out the whole thing to the right foot. Another pesky little thing was that since they are thin plastic, they would eventually crack and fall apart.
I found these at Joann one day when I was browsing (and it seems like it has been so long since I have been able to do that in any store, I am not sure I remember how to do it!).
They are Lockables by CraftMates. I bought a small (9″ x 2″ x 1.125″) and a larger one (11″ x 2.5″ x 1.25″) to see how they would work.
They have a locking rod that runs along the front of the case. In order to open the sections, you have to push in the pin to release the lids. This keeps the lids from popping open and having your feet all fall out.
I found that my Bernina feet would not fit in the small box – the feet were too long. You can see here that each compartment has plenty of room for 1 foot, and, depending on the foot, I can fit 2 in each compartment if necessary. It has 7 sections, so I can fit my go to feet, along with needles, bobbins, and my throat plates all in one place. The only negative is that the sections are permanent – I can not move them around to make them larger or smaller. Even with that limitation, I still have plenty of room for my feet.
The smaller container I used for my Pfaff feet. These feet do not have a shank – it is the foot only. As you can see, each section has plenty of room for the feet – I could probably fit 4-5 feet in each section without a problem. I have needles, bobbins and some petite piping cord in the other sections. Perfect! For me, these are perfect ‘To-Go’ containers for my feet. I keep them in my travel sewing things and can just grab and go when I need them!
One more tip….. if you are a class taker (and as life long learners, aren’t we all?), you may find yourself in class with other sewists who have the same feet. If you want to make sure that you leave with the same feet that you came with, especially of you let others borrow, then mark them with a dot of fingernail polish. Even if I can’t get my nails done, my feet can! You can see mine in the picture above. I even use different colors for different make and models. My 1530 and 580 take the same feet, and they have pink polish. My 930 feet do not fit on my 1530 or 580, so they have purple polish. My Pfaff feet have red polish. This is a great way to keep everything in order AND help to keep your feet from getting mixed up with someone else’s feet. It is always a sad day when you get home and find that your wayward feet did not follow you home!
I hope this has been helpful in getting your feet organized – I wish the rest of my sewing room was this easy!
Stay safe and healthy, and I hope I run into you soon.