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Understanding Singer Shanks and Snap On Presser Feet

written by Sarah

Hey, everyone! I’m Sarah with sewingpartsonline.com and today we’re going to clear up some of the confusion surrounding snap on presser feet, specifically Singer’s snap on presser feet.

When you think of a snap on presser foot, you usually picture this. It’s a pretty generic snap on presser foot. As you know, it attaches to a snap on presser foot adapter. I’m holding a low shank one. They go together like this.  It’s pretty simple and you see these a lot.

However, Singer decided to do their own thing and make a proprietary low shank adapter and a proprietary slant shank adapter. These adapters fit their own proprietary snap on feet. These are sized a little bit differently than the ones you’re used to seeing. Let me show you what I mean.

For the sake of this video, we’re going to call the Singer proprietary adapters and proprietary feet “skinny adapters” and “skinny feet” because their attachment bar is just a little bit skinnier than the regular snap ons.

Let’s compare the two types. This is our skinny snap on adapter . This is our regular snap on adapter . This is a skinny snap on foot. This is the regular snap on foot. See the difference?

As you can see, the regular snap on feet won’t work with the skinny snap on adapters. And the skinny snap on presser feet won’t work with the regular snap on adapters. Bottom line, skinny adapters go with skinny snap ons. But wait, there’s more.

Sewing part manufacturers are notorious for not telling anybody what parts are compatible with what. It’s a big mess. Which is why at Sewing Parts Online we take the time to test the parts, find out what’s compatible with what, and then guarantee it. During one of these tests, we discovered that the [skinny] low shank adapter and the [skinny] slant shank adapter are sized differently.

This means that even though you know you have a skinny snap on presser foot, it doesn’t mean that it will necessarily fit with your skinny snap on presser foot adapter. You must first determine what kind of shank type you have to make sure it will fit the presser foot you have. We know that’s a lot to think about, so we figured it out for you.

If you have a skinny low shank snap on adapter, we can guarantee you can use these skinny snap on feet:



If you have a skinny slant shank snap on adapter, we can guarantee you can use these skinny snap on feet:

I hope this was helpful. For more information about these feet and what adapter goes with what, visit our blog. The link is in the description below. If you need any of these parts, visit us online at www.sewingpartsonline.com. If you want to come and hang out with our sewing community, visit us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest, and Instagram…we’re everywhere. Be sure to like this video, share this video, and, of course, subscribe for next week’s sewing video.

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Sara September 18, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Has anyone made a 3d printer attachment making singer model 9034 slant shank fit the new standard universal snap on feet?

Sarah September 19, 2017 at 9:05 am

That would be brilliant, but not that I know of.

Noula N. August 2, 2017 at 8:59 pm

Hi I have a 30year old Kenmore sewing machine and would love to find a 1/4 inch foot for my quilting projects. Any suggestions as to where I can find one?

Sarah August 3, 2017 at 8:39 am

Hi! We have many presser feet for Kenmore machines. Do you know your model number?

Moon Moehring July 31, 2017 at 10:08 am

I’m looking for a telescopic thread guide for a ZUKI baby lock. It’s a 4 thread I need. Do you have one?

Sarah July 31, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Hi! Does this look like the part you need? https://goo.gl/hJwwM9


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