If there’s one thing I love, it’s great sewing tools – anything that helps me take my creativity to the next level and up my sewing game. So when Madam Sew reached out to me recently and asked if I’d like to play with their incredible presser foot set, what could I say but YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES.
The Madam Sew 32 Piece Presser Foot Set is most certainly a *drool-worthy* selection of tools, even for an advanced sewer. The sheer range of feet included was enough to immediately have my brain ticking over with ideas for projects. In terms of decorative feet, there’s pin-tucking feet, piping and cording feet, an appliqué foot; on the technical side of things there’s zipper feet, roller and non-stick feet, darning feet and hemming feet. There a feet I never even dreamed would EXIST in this set. Imagine having to hand a presser foot for every conceivable sewing need – a foot for stitch-in-the-ditch, a foot for tricky parallel stitching lines, a FOOT FOR ATTACHING FRINGE – well, my friends, this set has you covered.
The presentation is beautiful too – the box is study and compact, and the feet are snugly stored in a nice smooth foam insert. Each one is labelled with a number, which can easily be referenced against the back of the box, or the included booklet. I think the booklet and included CD are really where this set goes above and beyond – the beautifully printed 10 page booklet contains a detailed description of every foot in the set, as well as a picture showing it in action. In case that wasn’t already helpful enough though, the included CD goes further and contains instructional videos showing you exactly how to make the most of every foot.
However, if you asked me my absolute favourite feature? It’s this little bonus piece right here:
Know what this is? Why, it’s a low-shank adaptor! Meaning that not only can these babies be used on any machine that takes standard universal feet, but ALSO on machines with a low-shank, like my beloved Singer 201P. I was so delighted when I realised this was the case – it means that virtually every one of these feet is usable on both my machines! For me that absolutely doubles the versatility of both my machines and the set, and makes it even better value.
So, the big question: how do the feet perform?? I can safely answer, from the several I’ve played with so far, b e a u t i f u l l y. The first one I tried was the invisible zipper foot + the low shank adapter on my Singer – and it’s easily the best zipper foot I’ve sewn with to date. The stitching line went in much closer to the teeth than on my Janome brand invisible zipper foot, and I found it easier it control the fabric through it too. I think the neatness (and invisibility!) of the zip insertion speaks for itself tbh.
I also enjoyed playing around with one of the quilting feet – even though quilting is something I’ve yet to dip my toes in to, there’s an area of sewing very close to my heart that also involves lots of precision 1/4″ seams and small fiddly pieces: lingerie sewing! It’s been quite a while since I whipped up a bra but I put one together the other day using the quilting foot and it was a huge help! As you can see it has notches to help with precision 1/4″ and 1/8″ seams, so it was great for piecing AND topstitching – I love the result! I also enjoyed using the “standard” zigzag foot – though to my mind it’s a pretty luxe foot! It’s slightly larger than the standard one included with my Janome, has clear plastic at the front AND a small slot to feed elastic or trim through – perfect for fiddly neckline elastic attachment.
I’m also very keen to see how some of the more technical feet perform in future projects – from what I’ve seen so far, I have very high expectations! And I look forward to sharing those results with you all soon – I have lots more complicated and extravagant projects planned for this second half of the year!
All in all, this set is such great value and so mind-blowingly useful that I would 1000% recommend it to anyone who enjoys sewing and dressmaking, from beginners to advanced level. To make it clear, you get every presser foot you could ever conceivably need for the price you’d normally pay for two or three individually! It would definitely make a great addition to any sewing collection – as well as a great present, whether you add it to your birthday list or just treat yourself 😉
Until next time,
Disclaimer: I was sent this product free of charge by Madam Sew in exchange for a review; however all opinions expressed are honest and my own!