Sewing Space: Presser Foot Organization


Lately, I have been showing you all around my new sewing wall in my studio apartment. One of the first projects I did that has been immensely helpful is organizing and displaying my presser feet!

I know from ready ze blogs that many of us have no idea what most of our presser feet are used for (Shanni Loves just started writing about hers from her new machine). The breakthrough for me was when I sat down with the Janome website and some useful articles to start looking these things up! The challenge, of course, was remembering which did what after I put them back in their packages. And storing them in all their packaging was becoming such a drag, especially in a small space like mine. I needed some way I could label all them and have them in handy reach. 

The solution? A framed presser foot collection! Kind of like a butterfly collection, I mounted up all my presser feet in a frame and labeled each of them. So that I can easily take them down for use, I bought a pack of super small command hooks, bent them a little into shape, stuck them in rows in the frame, and then hung the presser feet by the needle-hole part of each foot (this works for everything but the zipper feet - dunno what I'm going to do about them). Aren't I a proud collector??


Again, this project definitely fits into my philosophy 'beautiful and useable' - decorating with important and every day things in your life. Would you be willing to display your sewing supplies as art?

15 comments:

  1. Ahhhh I love this idea too! A presser foot collection is way cooler than a butterfly collection ;)

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  2. This is super cute and super clever. My presser feet are in a plastic bag, which is TOTS not cool :)

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  3. great idea, this looks awesome. i would totally do that if it weren't for my mischievous cat who would definitely knock them down and hide the feet! I just acquired some vintage singer presser feet, and talk about not knowing what they are for! Oh my goodness, there are some crazy looking contraptions. Your space looks very beautiful, neat and practical.

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  4. oh, good advice, i'm going to be cat-sitting next week! i think these are high enough up, but i know that this cat sounds about as mischievous as yours... good luck learning the new feet!

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  5. This is SUCH A GOOD IDEA. I'm so taking your idea! :)

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  6. LOVE this idea. So cute and so useful too!

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  7. This is adorable. I love all you functional decorating!

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  8. I am definitely taking this idea and using it for my feet! It may encourage me to use them some more and improve on some techniques!! Great idea!

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  9. I love this! It puts the feet on a pedestal without taking away any functionality.

    I have a really awesome drawer for all my notions, but I'm going to have to reconsider my set up and possibly incorporate this idea.

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  10. ahhh i love all of this. a little bit evious of your sewing space! i just moved into a new place and im really allowed to put things on the walls! i have a pretty big room but still need to find good ways to store/display things. reading all your things is fuuuun :D

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  11. thanks! it's been quite a process. good luck with moving in!

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  12. I love the machine presser feet in the frame! Such a good idea

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  13. Ah, this is brilliant! I am always hunting for the right presser foot in my sewing basket. I don't really have a place for them, I just chuck them in when I'm done. What a cool idea.

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