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"I really appreciate this tool. It is amazing that it can easily sew vinyl fabric. You can move it easily when sewing. And when you sew thick fabric like denim and leather, you can work on it easily, less effort when sewing this kind of fabric."
- Harley, 45, Ohio, Crafting for 8 years ★★★★★
Suitable For: Very popular and fit for most of the household multi-functional sewing machines including many standard Low Shank Snap-Brother, Singer, Janome, Elna, etc
Roller Foot. It sounds like it could be a malady common to professional skaters. (It may be for all we know.) But the Roller Foot is a presser foot for your sewing machine that allows you to sew sticky or shifty fabrics with ease.
WHY IS IT CALLED THE ROLLER FOOT?
In fact, if you get really close, it looks like one of those steam rollers they use for road work.
The foot operates on much the same principle. The pressure of the presser foot presses down onto your sticky vinyl or shifty velvet, holding it firmly together. But your feed dogs are still able to advance your material smoothly thanks to the traction provided by those special rollers.
Vinyl qualifies as "sticky" and the Roller Foot provides the traction to move it through the machine. Velvet is in the "shifty" category, especially sewing right sides together when the nap on one layer wants to shift against the nap on the opposite layer. Sewing velvet to another type of fabric is another highly 'shifty' situation. Again, the Roller Foot has the combination of pressure and traction to keep things moving smoothly.
You can also sew with the Roller Foot on the right side of velvet, on the nap itself.
SEWING WITH THE FOOT
With the Roller Foot on your machine, you can sew your sticky or shifty material just like you would any other fabric. However, sometimes these kinds of material require a little extra holding together – something you'd normally use pins for.
But ... be very careful. Pinholes in your vinyl will not 'heal' themselves like in regular fabric. We suggest holding your pieces together with paper clips, spray adhesive, or small clamps. Pins can also damage velvet and snag chiffon and organza. So if you use them, be sure your pin holes are inside the seam allowance.