I haven’t sat down at my sewing machine in a while, but I recently wanted to finish up some nagging projects. One required a specific sewing machine foot. But when I went to dig it out, I had forgotten I actually have a collection of no less than 20 different feet…most of which I gained when I inherited my Mom’s fancy sewing machine and none of which I could easily identify. Although I’ve had this sizable collection for over 5 years, I never took the time to figure out what they all were and what they all did, so they were just sitting in my cabinet in a plastic bag. After spending 30+ minutes Google-ing each foot (and determining I didn’t have the one I needed!), I decided to organize the feet in a way that allowed me to more easily identify them all next time around. This sewing machine feet storage solution turned out to be a quick project I wish I had done sooner, and if you have a large sewing machine foot collection too, this is one you’ll want to try!
I’ve said many-a-times that I’m not the most savvy sewer in the world…far from it! I pretty much do simple sewing projects for our home and mostly use the basic foot that came on machine (as well as the zipper foot and button hole foot on occasion). So when I dumped out my Mom’s hefty bag of feet, I certainly couldn’t identify what was what just by sight nor would I be able to remember each one even after looking them up!
So while in Michaels one afternoon, I decided to check out the bead storage section and found an array of options for storing teeny tiny things. I settled on this collection of snap-tight boxes. I loved that they were nice and compact, had clear lids, stacked together, and had different compartment sizes to hold various sized feet.
At first I was worried I didn’t have enough different compartments, but once I realized that I had multiples of the same feet, I was able to find a home for each one!
TIP! If you too need to figure out what various sewing machine feet you have and what they are for, I suggest looking closely at the feet themselves. I have a Husqvarna machine, and every single foot either has a letter or 7 digit code engraved somewhere on the foot. Just by entering those numbers into Google and comparing images to my actual foot, I could identify every single one in my collection!
I printed out each name and then secured the labels to the side of each compartment.
Those larger compartments sure came in handy for some of my longer feet!
Now pulling out just the right foot for my projects couldn’t be easier…
…and the boxes easily snap together and store with my other sewing machine accessories!
Other Craft Storage Solutions
Easy solutions like this one make my craft and sewing time much more efficient! If you’re looking for other clever ways to store things in your craft room, here are some other posts you might like!
Little projects like this one are so fun to pull together and can make such a big difference in your home or work space! I hope you give it a try, and if there’s something else in the craft room you’d like to see me organize, be sure to let me know! See you back here Friday with the sewing project that sparked this organization project!