BERNINA Presser Feet Storage Tip

When I say foot control, I’m not talking about the pedal you step on to power your machine. This post is about how I organize and store my BERNINA presser feet and accessories. One of the most often asked questions when I am teaching is, “How do you store your presser feet?” Over the years I tried everything from tackle boxes to multi-drawer hardware chests to putting organizer trays in drawers. They all worked to organize and store most of my feet, but not all of these methods had a place to store the larger accessories. (I should let you know that I have ALL of the BERNINA feet and accessories, plus duplicates of some, so finding something to fit them all is no easy task.)

Hold Everything

I came up with my current organization method a couple of years ago and it is the best I’ve had so far. It holds everything I have and involves a couple of compact desktop cubes that I bought at a local craft store. When I went to find a link to share with you, it seems that the cubes are not available anymore but I decided to share my method anyway because you may be able to adapt this to other drawers or containers in your sewing space.

two storage cubes

Compact Cubes

The desktop cubes are 14 ¼” x 14 ¼” x 7 ½” and have what looks like nine drawers. In fact, each cube has three drawers, but came with dividers to separate each drawer into 3 sections. The first thing I did after I assembled the cubes is cut a piece of felt to line the bottom of each of the three drawers to provide a bit of protection for the feet. I used spray adhesive to adhere the felt to the bottom of the drawer. Next, I added the dividers – two in the first two drawers and one in the bottom drawer.

lined and divided drawer

Labeled Drawers

I printed numbered labels, 0-9, for the front of the drawers and here’s what is different from my other attempts at organization. The ideal way to store each foot or accessory is in their own little labeled compartment but I’ve never found a storage unit that would accommodate that. So, I divided the feet into numbered groups: single digit feet in the first section, teen feet in the second, twenties in the third, and so on. Dividing them into groups still provides a home for them so I know where they belong and I can easily find a particular foot when it’s time to use it. I also like that the cube is a nice compact place to store them.

 

labeled drawers

The bottom drawer is divided into two sections – one is labeled 6-7 and easily holds the feet with sixty and seventy numbers and the other two are labeled 8 and 9. Because I did not put the divider between the 8 and 9 sections, it is large enough to hold my bias binders, ruffler and other large pieces as well as the feet that go with them such as 95 and 95C.

2-section drawer

More Storage

The second cube on my table holds things such as stitch plates, seam guides, and tools used to secure attachments to my machine. There’s also room to hold other sewing notions such as small rulers and tape measures, a variety of fabric markers and other miscellaneous notions.

 

second cube

 

This method works for me, but I am always looking for even better ways to store my BERNINA presser feet and accessories and I’d love to hear how you store yours. Please let me know in the comment section below. For more information on specific BERNINA presser feet and accessories, see The Big Book of Feet at your local BERNINA store.

The Big Book of Feet

13 thoughts on “BERNINA Presser Feet Storage Tip

  1. I use a Plano Guide Series™ StowAway® Rack System. It has plenty of room and adjustable sections for my feet. I can store the special items like the Walking foot and accessories like the circle embroidery attachment. Everything is easy to see.

  2. Since these drawers are no longer available, I purchased a hanging jewelry organizer with clear pockets for less than $10. Each side has 30 vinyl pockets with 3 larger pockets below. There is enough room for several presser feet in each pocket (in case you have 2 or more duplicate feet.) The info sheet fits into the pocket and works as a label. I have some empty pockets so it looks like I can go shopping for more accessories.

    1. I just found the cubes at Michael’s Crafts stores. They are available in some stores. They aren’t available to buy online, but you can see them. They are made by Ashland.

  3. I found the perfect storage rack at CrittersWoodShoppes, at Etsy shop. It holds the presser feet and bobbins, just not the larger items, which are easily stored in a drawer or small box.

  4. Your method is prettier than mine, but I have a single small drawer for each foot in a stackable box of plastic drawers from Stanley. I’m almost ready for another set. It’s large enough for my buttonhole leveling plates, but I don’t have the binders so I don’t know they are larger enough for them. I have my feet by order of their numbers, but I also have the name on the front.

  5. The storage cupboards that come with some of the machines are ok but they take up alot of space on your table. What we did first was to drill two holes into the back of the plastic cupboard and hung on the wall behind my sewing machine, but found that I would have to have quite a few to hold all my feet. So my husband made a wooden box with using the feet hangers that come with the plastic cupboards and made the box to hang on the wall, now all I need to do is to purchase the feet hangers when needed. I put them in numerical order and are able to see all of them at once. I wish I could post a picture of it here, if you know how let me know.

  6. I love this suggestion! A few years ago, I purchased a tool box sort of thing–designed to hold small pieces in a wood or metal working shop. It’s been sitting in my garage for two years; it’s coming down to my sewing room! Especially love the idea of your labeling!

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