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Storage for sewing machine feet

AnnaR_'s picture

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Does anyone have any ideas on how to store sewing machine and serger feet so that they are readily available? I hate searching my "box" of attachments to find the foot I need for my projects

Mama_Nell_'s picture

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Howdy Anna, I use a clear plastic box, from the fishing dept. at wal-mart, to store my machine feet in. If you get one with moveable dividers you can arrange the sections to suite different size items. I even use a double sided one to keep spools of machine embroidery thread in. Your items will still be in a box but no more digging arround for them!!

AnnaR3's picture

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Thanks for your advise, Mama Nell, I will look into getting that fisherman's box! It might be a bit tricky finding one here in NYC!

Hank's picture

(post #25474, reply #3 of 10)

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A plastic fishing box would work fine. You may also use a small open top cardboard box sized to fit in a drawer in your sewing cabinet. Just take some cardboard strips and cut them to size to make little compartments in the box. Tape or staple them in place. If you have (for example) five feet, make five compartments. Make sure that the box is not too deep which would make it difficult to get the feet out.

Tape or staple the "foot box" to the front end of the drawer to make it readily available for finding the foot you want. If you really want to get creative, find some foam material. Cut it to size for the box. Use a sharp knife and cutout spaces in the foam for each sewing foot. Not too deep of cutouts though. Again, locate the "foot box" if at all possible in the front of a handy drawer. Sometimes you may also be able to find small drawer inserts that are used for holding pencils, pens and other office things. They come in various sizes, colors and shapes. Bet you can readily find those in NY! Just look at any stationary store for one that looks just right to you.

Good Luck.

Stephanie_Corina_Goddard's picture

(post #25474, reply #4 of 10)

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I found the perfect presser feet storage container in a store for wood-workers. I believe its original purpose was to store drill bits. You might check a hardware store.

gloria_'s picture

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I have been using an ordinary plastic embroidery floss organizer and it's perfect. There is even
a "mini" floss box available and the different compartments are just the right size for your feet.

heather_blair's picture

(post #25474, reply #6 of 10)

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Another idea is to use plastic ice trays like those used for making ice cubes.

connie's picture

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How many feet do you have? And other various assorted items...if you can't find the fishing stuff in NYC (which you probably have already) try going to WalMart and getting a Jammer Garage...will store feet as well as bobbins and thread spools.

brenda's picture

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I use a very large fishing/tackle box and keep it sitting on top of a chest. The front has a drop-down panel with drawers behind it. The drawers will hold feet of all sizes, other accessories necessary for sewing, spools of thread, elastics, etc. The top part of the box has a large enough space to hold things like the cord, instruction books, large scissors, etc. Meijers, Walmarts, K-marts, Gander Mountain and other sporting goods shops will carry these. This is great when you want to pack up your machine to travel or just move to another location in the house to sew. At the machine I just keep the feet I am using in the container that slips on the machine or use a small basket (housewares dept).

Sandra_M._Brown's picture

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Mama Nell, I like your idea, especially the moveable divider part. It would be hard to find a fixed box that will hold a ruffler as well as an open toe foot. I'm going to try that. The box will also allow a space for labels. Sometimes, I don't use certain things for a long time, and I actually forget what it's called until I look it up.

Pat_in_Colorado's picture

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I made my own foot holder out of clear lightweight vinyl. Just wide enough so it fits in the free arm accessory area.
Works great if you have snap on feet that lie flat. Just make a bunch of pockets by folding the vinyl over and stitch across at the dimension of your feet.