Roller Foot – Help For Hard To Sew Fabrics

The roller foot makes sewing difficult fabrics such as leather, suede and vinyl a breeze. This foot is a very clever little invention in the presser foot arsenal of the home sewer.

This foot is aptly named, and it is generally obvious to anyone looking at it what it is, unlike some presser feet, one can see what it is, but what does it do? This marvelous tool takes the frustration out of sewing slippery fabrics, which in addition to leather, suede, and vinyl, can include chiffon, organza and even velvet.

The foot generally has one large roller on the front of the foot and two smaller ones on the underside of the foot, which help to stabilize slippery fabrics. This little jewel provides traction holding the fabric in place as the feed dogs feed the fabric through the machine, slippery fabrics thus don’t move all over the place, or stick to the throat plate, but proceed in the direction that they are supposed to go in, forward through the machine.

The foot can be made of metal or plastic or a combination of both and can even come in some different sizes.

Singer Roller Presser Foot


For more information about the roller foot click here on the link to There is even a link to one of the vendor sites for a nice little video on how to use the foot.

Some excellent references about presser feet are:

• The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook by Charlene Phillips

• Fancy Footworks – Book and/or DVD by Nancy Zieman

For information about other sewing machine presser feet, click on the links below.

Ruffler Foot
Rolled Hem Foot
Sewing Machine Feet Home Page
Sewing Machine Home Page
Sewing Home Page