One of my favorite presser feet – one that I reach for over and over again – is an open-toe foot, the Open embroidery foot #20/20C/20D. It works for most types of stitching and the open area in the front makes it easy to see where you are stitching, so you can place stitches exactly where you want them. I use it most for three types of stitching that I do on a regular basis
Used for appliqué, sewing ribbon in place, and securing binding, blanket stitching adds texture (and sometimes color), to the edge of your fabric, ribbon, or appliqué. Position the edge along the inside toe of the foot and adjust the needle position all the way to the left or right, depending on how you have positioned your fabric. The need will drop just outside the edge, sewing into the background fabric for the vertical (forward) part of the stitch and will “bite” into the fabric, ribbon, or appliqué with the horizontal (sideways) portion of the stitch. It’s easy to have perfect stitching as long as you keep the edge next to the inside of the presser foot toe.
It’s simple to make sure your stitching is parallel to the edge, again using the inside toe of Open Embroidery Foot #20 as a guide. Align the fabric edge next to the inside toe of the foot and adjust the needle position so that stitching is the desired distance away from the edge. Keep the fabric edge next to the toe and the stitching will be parallel to the edge. Great for pocket edges!
The wedge-shaped indentation in the sole of Open Embroidery Foot #20 allows decorative stitches to move under the foot easily and smoothly without dragging on the thread that builds up as the stitches form. The open front of the foot makes it easy to place the stitch precisely, such as when following a seam line.