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I have gradually amassed quite a collection of different feet for my Janome.  To start off with they all fitted in this little wooden box.  Trouble is, every time I wanted one I had to dig out the box and tip them all out to find the one I wanted.

I cast about for different ideas, tried some little drawers, and ended up using my embroidery floss storage box (here or for the U.S. here).  It's ideal in that the dividers go right to the top and the lid clips on securely, so the feet can't get out of their compartments even if it is on end or even upside down!  (I have filled it, so if I buy any more I will have to buy another box!)

I made map of what was there and fitted it inside the lid (like a chocolate box selection!)  

I finished it off with a printed label for the lid.  

and now I keep it on my little bookshelf (along with my Sewing Machine Needle Organizer) as it takes up very little room and is far more handy!

I love being organised!


Sewing Machine Feet from A to Z

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Comment by Karen on July 19, 2014 at 3:37pm

Hi Poshepoche

Hm, I think to rate 'epoustouflante' I should have printed fancy labels, and maybe put a little cushion in each section to stop them rattling about!  

Maybe you should set yourself a target of trying out all your feet!  I recently used my narrow hem (Hemmer) foot for the first time, and was amazed it did exactly as it should!  Bit like when I used the Binder foot, fiddly to start with, but it really does do the job.  I have yet to use my straight stitch foot, and must confess I will probably never use the invisible zipper foot!

Comment by Poshepoche on July 19, 2014 at 10:13am

Oh my, what a brilliant idea ~ I have gathered so many feet (most of which I don't have a clue on how to best use) and boxing them up like that with natty little labels is brilliant (even epoustouflante ~ my favourite word at the moment ~ "stunning/breathtaking") 

Comment by Kiki Polglase on April 19, 2014 at 9:52am

Absolutely brilliant, Karen - you've done it yet again ! Oh, how I wish I had your sort of creative brain ! x

Comment by Kay Adams on April 16, 2014 at 8:31pm

Katie what a gppd idea to use the pill boxes.  I have three machines and have the feet all mixed up

Comment by Beverly Pugh on April 16, 2014 at 7:51pm

Thanks Karen, I will check that out.

Comment by katie on April 15, 2014 at 11:24pm

I use those weekly  pill containers to hold my sewing feet. Also other small things like safety pins and  different needles, snaps and hook and eyes, thimbles..

Comment by beeash on April 15, 2014 at 10:51am

Very good idea!!

Comment by Karen on April 14, 2014 at 6:57pm

Hi Beverly

Thank you, but I don't do anything special with my fabrics.  I have one cupboard with a shelf of plain and a shelf of patterned cottons arranged by colour, including clothing.  I have a big drawer of denim and corduroy clothes and another of furnishing/curtain fabric.  I do a lot of recycling!  Then I have a drawer full of ziplock bags with scraps sorted by colour, and small amounts of felt, fleece, satin, lace, nylon, oilcloth etc.  I do the same with my interfacing, and write what it is on the bag.  That's it at the moment.  I did do a blog about my sewing room organisation recently (http://sew-whats-new.com/profiles/blogs/let-s-talk-about-being-orga...) for other stuff.

Comment by Beverly Pugh on April 14, 2014 at 6:02pm

This is a great idea. You seem to have a lot of them. This might help me to know what feet do what. Do you have any ideas about storing fabric. I'm new to this and don't have much but I thought if I can start our organized it might be easier then doing it later.

Comment by Christine Marles on April 14, 2014 at 2:54pm

This is a very clever idea. Since I don't use my special feet (that sounds funny!) very often, it will also help me to remember which foot does what!

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