How to Install a Darning Foot


A darning foot is necessary when you are free-motion quilting or embroidering. The specialized foot allows fabric to slide easily across the sewing platform. Using a darning foot will allow detailed quilting and embroidery in even the smallest spaces. Installing the darning foot is quickly and easily done.

Things You'll Need

  • Sewing machine
  • Darning foot
  • Sewing machine users manual
  • Raise your presser bar.

  • Remove presser foot and accessories (such as presser foot holder and screw). Unscrew the foot and slide it out of the way.

  • Turn the hand wheel of your machine to raise the sewing needle to its highest position.

  • Attach the presser foot. Keeping the long metal bar of the darning foot above the needle clamp, attach the darning foot to the needle shaft and screw into place. The metal bar should rest on the needle clamp when installed correctly.

  • Lower the feed dogs on your machine according to the users manual.

  • To use the darning foot, lower presser bar and proceed with quilting.

Tips & Warnings

  • Lower the feed dogs on your machine when using the darning foot to allow the fabric to move easily.
  • Although most machines will follow this method of installing a darning foot, you should always check your users manual for additional tips and detailed pictures.
  • Be sure to tighten the screw that attaches the darning foot to the needle shaft to keep it from slipping when you are quilting or embroidering.

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