Janome Feet for a Leather Sewing Machine 2017-06-24T19:43:49+00:00

The biggest challenge with leather is that it does not move easily under the foot and through your sewing machine for leather. When the presser foot applies a certain amount of pressure, the fabric should move through. But with leather, too much friction prohibits it from feeding properly. Even though you usually use longer stitches when working with leather, it will not be enough to prohibit the material from sticking in your leather stitching machine. Most sewing machine brands offer a foot solution that we will mention at the end of the article but if Janome is your favorite brand, rest assured, there are Janome Feet that can overcome this problem!

First, we will give you a quick overview of the feet (just in case you have a hard time keeping them straight).  Then we will look at the specific Janome feet that we think will work best with a leather stitching machine, followed by a quick look at the Singer presser feet, the brother sewing machine feet, and a few others so that you have a comparison.

Types of Leather Sewing Machine Feet

Presser Foot:

These usually come standard with your sewing machine. This foot holds the material down onto the part which feeds it under the needle. Nothing special. Each brand has their own feet…janome sewing feetsinger presser feet…brother sewing machine feet…etc.

There are three basic types of presser feet dictated by the needle bar: long or high shank, short or low shank, and the slanted shank. There are also sewing machines built to use snap on presser feet. Make sure you know which type of presser foot your machine uses before investing in any new feet. If you are unsure, just take a quick look in your owner’s manual or look your model up online and it should be clearly listed.

Early sewing machines only had a single presser foot and it was permanently mounted at the base of the needle bar. Now, home sewing machines have multiple decorative stitch options requiring different feet for each task. The Teflon foot that we will discuss, is a specialty presser foot.

Walking Foot:

This is an unusual looking foot that is designed to provide an extra set of feed dogs for the top of the fabric that is being sewn.  This allows you to manage difficult fabrics that tend to bunch up or slide around. It does have the potential to occasionally stick to a “sticky” material like leather. Watch this youtube for an easy description of the walking foot:

Roller Foot:

The Roller foot has textured rollers that roll on top of the fabric. The presser foot presses down onto the sticky vinyl or leather to hold it firmly together while the feed dogs advance the material smoothly through. It keeps heavy material, like leather, from slipping, puckering or jamming up under the foot.

This Youtube video shows the Rolling Foot in action!

Teflon Sewing Foot:

This is a type of presser foot used for leather or sticky material.  Everyone is familiar with Teflon “non-stick” pans in the kitchen. It is the same principle with a sewing foot. The coated Teflon backing prevents the fabric from tugging against the foot and allows it to glide easily through the machine. They are less bulky and have an open toe that allows you to visualize your stitching. They can be used for straight and decorative stitching on leather, vinyl, suede, or other fabrics that would stick to a regular presser foot. The Teflon foot has a distinctive look, similar to a white plastic material. This YouTube videos show how a Teflon foot can make quick work of thick and sticky material!

Our recommendations for the best foot when sewing leather:

If you do not have Teflon or a roller foot, you can try baby powder. Many people swear by sprinkling it on the leather to help it flow smoothly through the machine.  You can also try tissue paper by placing it over the leather and stitching through all layers. When finished, carefully rip out the tissue paper so not to cause loops in your stitching. Here is an extra tip: The Teflon foot is great for sewing on zipper as it allows the foot to glide right over the zipper teeth!

Janome Feet Summary

The bottom line is that you will need a specialty foot when using a sewing machine for leather work. We love the Janome Feet, especially the Janome Ultra Glide Foot but there are multiple options out there for you to try. These feet are not very expensive and they will make all the difference when working with your leather sewing machine!