Looking at how to store sewing machine feet?
I have a couple of different feet for my machine now and I plan to get a couple more as my skills build but right now they are stored in the top of my sewing box and not really in the best place.
Though they are easy to access they aren’t been well looked after or protected and if I get anymore I won’t know which is which.
How To Organise Sewing Machine Feet
When it comes to looking at how to store sewing machine feet you will also want to think about how they should be organized. If you have a couple and you have forgotten the uses for 1 or 2 you might want to note down what they do and the name.
You can do this by separating the feet into compartments with a label of the name of the foot and what it is used for.
Other way is to create a handy card to refer back to with all the images of the feet, name and what each of them do. You can keep this pegged on your board or folded up in your sewing box as a reference guide.
5 Ways Store Sewing Machine Feet
These are a selection of ways that I think you will have the most success. I wanted to provide ideas and products you may already have or are fairly inexpensive to buy.
I know the pains of thinking of having to buy more storage for your craft and sewing supplies but it does come in handy and is useful to have.
1. Small Container Boxes
There are a number of places you can find small container boxes to hold sewing machine feet.
Anywhere from craft stores, to online shops like Amazon and hardware shops have versions of these boxes. Craft stores may call them haberdashery boxes or bead boxes and in hardware stores they will be found for holding drill bits and nails.
I like the idea of using the boxes in this style and size as they are handy to have, easy to carry and will keep the feet organized and tidy.
You can also place a sticker or label on the lid of the box or on the base with the name or use of the sewing machine foot.
2. Tablet Boxes
There are so many places you can find tablet boxes from in stores and supermarket to online retailers.
Similar to the method above you can store each foot in a compartment and place a label on the top.
The boxes are often clear plastic and easy to use and quite compact so you can place them in your sewing box or sewing mat to use at convenience.
I would suggest using these if you only have 5 -7 feet as you will only require one box to store them in. Any more than that and I would use one of the other methods to maximise space.
If you want to learn how to make your own sewing mat with pockets I have a step by step tutorial to walk you through.
3. Divider Compartment Trays
Companies like Really Useful Boxes are a well known and well trusted brand. We use loads of their products at home and love them, they have lasted us years and are still going strong.
One thing we really liked was when we had our Lego business we found the small trays and compartments easy to use for the lego pieces. They are also advertised as bead and haberdashery compartments.
Once we sold the business we kept many of the boxes and compartments and I now use them in my sewing room. They are great for organizing small items like ribbons, threads, buttons and sewing feet.
You can find boxes to fit the containers of 9l perfect for keeping many items in once place.
4. Jewellery Organizer
Handing jewelry organizers are revolutionary for many reasons, they aren’t just handy for organizing a sewing room but also the house. I have seen them used for cleaning supplies, drills and nails and even underwear and socks!
I like the idea of using this technique as they are fairly inexpensive to buy and can be repurprosed within the home if they outlive their use in the sewing room.
These can hang anywhere from the back of your door, on the side of your table edge or on your pegboard. They are easy to get in and out of and are clear so you can see quickly which you need.
If you are changing feet quite often on projects this is perfect for you to use. You can also buy these in a range of sizes to work for you and your sewing space.
5. Ice Cube Tray
Who would have thought this would work? Not me, thats for sure but it does!
I like having many of my smaller objects like buttons, zips and gadgets in one place. I find it easier to know the small stuff is packed into a larhger container so I don’t have to spend hours rummaging through boxes.
I also don’t own a large enough stash of items so have singular boxes so this method is perfect for me.
I love having the compartment of the ice cube tray in a sewing box or even on your desk holding each foot. You can cut them down to fit into your sewing box or use them as they come.
Like many of the other methods, I would keep a record sheet of each foot, the name of it and it’s purpose. Or simply label each compartment to keep organized and save you from using the wrong foot.
6. Make Your Own
I love hanging a reason to sew. I honestly do, it gives me a reason to get creative and try something new.
I have seen some interesting and fun ways of storing sewing machine feet and I worked out that not all are the same size or can fit in a container with the rest of the presser feet.
If you are looking to make an armchair caddy or even your own hanging storage system you can use the techniques and base of this and add a loop to create a handle. Use the post to help you design and create your own handing caddy.
So you can make your own, from using a carboard box and dividers to sewing your own.
You can create a handing fabric organizer which has pockets that are made to measure to fit each presser foot you own and you can create labels to go on the pockets.
This can be a really fun project and doesn’t have to be anything fancy or complicated. I like this idea as you can make it fit your needs, your collection of sewing machine feet and your sewing space.
I hope you have found by tutorial on how to store sewing machine feet helpful and have found some helpful tips and tricks on how to organize and store your feet. If you have any tips and tricks I would love to know and try them out for myself.