How To Attach A Snap-on Presser Foot

The sewing machine makes your stitching process more comfortable, you also spend less time too. As a result, sewing professionals and sewing enthusiasts prefer the sewing machine. So if you have sewing as a hobby or as a job, it might be smart to get a sewing machine.

Like all other mechanical devices, the sewing machine has many parts. These parts work together systematically to provide you with the beautiful stitches you find in plenty of fabrics today. Some of these parts are; Balance wheel, Thread guide, reverse level, bobbin winder, presser foot, foot pedals, to mention a few.

This article will guide you on how to attach a snap on a presser foot. Follow the procedure closely.

How to Attach Snap on a Presser Foot

Attach Snap on a Presser Foot

Attaching a snap to the presser foot is relatively easy. All you have to do is to use the release lever on the snap to drop off the attached foot. Then ‘pop on’ your new foot to the shank, and you’re ready to sew your fabric

Steps to Attach Snap on a Presser Foot

The next few paragraphs contain detailed instructions on how to attach a snap on your presser foot.

Step 1: Remove the pressure foot you want to replace

Push the button at the back of the presser foot holder to remove the presser foot.

Step 2: Set it under the shank

The first step is to place the snap-on pressure foot under the shank. A presser foot has a small bar at the back, where your sewing machine’s presser foot holder snaps on to. It is crucial to ensure that the shank aligns correctly with the shank where the presser foot holder stays. 

Step 3: Push the pressure foot down

Use the presser foot lever to push it down. You control your presser foot holder by pushing a little button or just pull down. The pressure foot snaps unto the shank. It connects with the shank automatically. When this is done, you hear the snap as it attaches to the shank.

Attach Snap on a Presser Foot

That’s all. Your snap-on pressure feet are connected to your machine, and you can start sewing immediately.

Note: If you lower the feed dogs, which pushes the fabric through the machine as you sew, you have a way to sew stitches of varying lengths in various directions. This is called “Free Motion Sewing,” and many machine quilters enjoy sewing this way. It can be stressful to do this without any kind of foot attached, but it is possible. If you want to sew a seam for a garment or home decorating, for example, you have to engage the feed dogs, and you would need a foot for that.

Types 0f Snap-On Presser Foot

All-purpose foot

As the name implies, you can use it for any kind of sewing. You can use it in straight sewing machines. It is a straightforward sewing foot and does not have any attachment to make your work easier

Satin foot

The satin foot has many uses; it is commonly used for projects with a lot of decorative stitches. This foot has a tunnel or groove on the underside allowing bulky stitches to move freely under it.

Zipper foot

Zipper foot

You should use the zipper foot to sew when you want to insert zippers into your fabrics. The zipper foot has a left side or right side so you can sew to the left or to the right depending on your project.

Sewing experts prefer the use of the zipper foot to the standard presser foot when fixing zippers to the fabric. All you have to do is switch the standard presser foot with a zipper foot when you want to sew your zipper. This is one advantage of the snap-on presser foot- it is easy to install and remove.

Adjustable Zipper/ cording foot

This particular kind of zipper foot has a screw-on them, making it possible to move the foot to the left or to the right. This is great for creating piping or cording because you can adjust the foot manually.  This makes it possible to sew very near to the piping when creating or inserting it

Snap on Presser Foot

Blind hem foot

The blind hem foot makes it quicker and easier to sew hems on garments and other home projects. There are various styles of the blind hem foot, but they are characterized by an extension of the foot to guide the fabric fold.

A unique variation of the blind hem foot has an adjustment screw on the size that can be used to reposition the fabric fold so that you only catch one or two threads while sewing your hem. Catching too many lines would disrupt the stitches. Another alternative is to adjust the width of your stitch.

Overedge foot

You can use the overedge foot when adding a seam finish to the end of the seam allowance. There is a small bridge on foot, which permits more thread into the stitch. This arrangement guides the material along with the extension at the front of the foot. After sewing, the seam finish and fabric lay smoothly instead of bunching up along the edge, providing a neat appearance

Button sewing foot

The button sewing foot has excellent uses in attaching buttons (whether two holes or four holes) to the fabric. It holds the button in place while a zig-zag stitch is used to hold the button securely in place while a zig-zag stitch is used to attach the button. If the machine has a drop feet level, lower the feed dogs, or place a feed dog cover plate over the feed dogs. Then set the stitch length to zero and set the machine for a zig-zag stitch

Other types of presser foot are

  • Invisible zipper foot
  • Applique stitch foot
  • Hemmer’s foot
  • Knit foot
  • Zig-zag foot
  • Walking foot
  • Ruffle foot

To mention a few.

Differences Between Snap-on and Screw Presser Foot

Differences Between Snap-on and Screw Presser Foot

Snap-on is an upgrade to the former system of using screws on your presser foot. It is beneficial in your sewing machines. As a matter of fact,  sewing professionals prefer them to screws. It eliminated the need to unscrew and screw in a new foot when you want to change your presser foot. Also, it reduced the time spent on sewing and improved the sewing experience. Presser foot screws require a particular amount of concentration and patience to fix into your presser foot. On the other hand,  you can attach your snap-on presser foot to your machine with little or no effort.

Related Questions

Can I sew without the presser foot?

Can I sew without the presser foot?

Yes. You have to move the fabric yourself, however. Some techniques are done without a presser foot. The foot holds the material to the feed dog, so fabric can be moved while forming a stitch. Drop the feed dog if you want to sew without the foot.

Why does my presser foot keep falling off?

If your presser foot keeps falling off, it means it has not been attached properly. Follow these steps to fix it back. Make sure your pressure foot aligns with the shank in the holder. Then, slowly lower the presser foot lever so that the presser foot pin snaps into the shank in the presser foot holder.

Afterward, raise the presser foot lever to check that the presser foot is securely attached. If you followed these steps properly, your presser foot would work perfectly.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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