The Little Black Button
Posted on 24 November 2016
Have you noticed that mysterious little black button on the side of your general sewing machine foot (presser foot) & wondered what it was for?
Well, it's pretty much magic!! That little black button helps you sew over bulky seams by levelling the foot & eliminating skipped stitches.
Let's take a look.
So, let's pretend you're sewing the hem on a denim skirt or shorts, perhaps a Pattern Emporium Ladies Chelsea Skirt or Get Zipped Skirt or the Girls Lovebuy Skirt or Busy Boys Shorts (all great designs to sew in denim) and you need to sew over a thick, topstitched seam.
1) Sew up to the seam...
You will notice that the front of the foot begins to lift.
This is usually when you start to get skipped stitches.
Here's what to do:
3) With the needle down, raise the presser foot...
4) Press the little black button...
AND while holding it down, lower the presser foot.
Once the presser foot is down, let go of the black button. This levels the presser foot.
5) Start sewing over the seam.
You will notice that the little black button is pushed in. After a few stitches, when you're past the bump (& you don't need it's magic any more) it will pop back out again.
6) See! Magic.
If your machine doesn't have a little black button on the presser foot, don't worry. You can easily make your own and it's just as effective & will produce a gorgeous professional looking finish to your stitching. To learn how to make your own bumper, click here.