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How To Use A Yarn Weaving Foot

Jazz Up Your Sewing Projects With The Yarn Weaving Foot!

In this video tutorial, we show you how to use the Yarn Weaving Foot to embellish your projects with stunning yarn designs. This foot is sure to jazz up all of your sewing, quilting, and fashion projects with texture and dimension!

The Yarn Weaving Foot is the easy way to introduce yourself to machine couching. The adjustable clear toe allows you to sew both thick and thin strands of yarn. The extra-wide needle opening accommodates wide zig-zag stitches and twin needles. The Yarn Weaving Foot is used with your feed dogs engaged, so you don’t need a darning plate or drop feed capable machine.

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In the video, we demonstrate with a Low Shank Yarn Weaving Foot. However, this foot is available in High Shank and Slant Shank. If you’re not sure which Yarn Weaving Foot will fit your machine, give us a call or email us. We’re happy to assist you!


“Hey, everyone! Sarah here with sewingpartsonline.com, and today we’re going to learn how to embellish your projects using a Yarn Weaving Foot.

Let’s talk about the anatomy of the Yarn Application Foot, also called a Yarn Weaving Foot. First, I love that this foot is clear to optimize visibility, and I love how this toe is designed. All you have to do is glide the edge of your yarn against this inner toe.

The needle opening is more of a cutout, so you can use a nice wide zigzag if you don’t want to use a straight stitch. The position of the foot is adjustable via this screw on the back here. See how I can slide it back and forth? This lets me position my foot as I need for my project. I  just tighten it back once I have the position I want.

Now let’s install our foot. All you need to do is take off the foot you already have on your machine, including the shank. Bring the foot around and hook it onto the screw.  Tighten it, and you’re good to go. You can adjust the position of the foot and tighten when you’re ready to start sewing.

Now that the foot is installed let’s do some basic yarn application. Unlike a Free Motion Couching Foot, this foot is meant to be used with your feed dogs, which I really like.  To start, I’ve got some scrap fabric and a string of yarn. I’m going to start by placing my yarn along a line design that I’ve already drawn. Bring your presser foot down so the yarn is lined up against that inner toe. You can start your stitch a couple of different ways. You can use a short zigzag to both lock in your stitch and finish the end of the yarn (to prevent it from fraying). Or you can use a lock stitch and apply fray check later to prevent any unraveling. 

Now, let’s start sewing! This foot is very easy to maneuver. It doesn’t pucker or jam up my thread. It slides easily over the bulk of the yarn. There’s no resistance at all.  I’m using my free hand to hold the yarn back at an angle so I can control how it feeds, but you can also tack your yarn in place with a glue stick so that both hands can be on the fabric. And you are by no means limited to a straight line. It’s very easy to work around curves and corners. Like I said earlier, the fact that the foot is clear makes it so much easier to sew with.

When you need to switch directions, lower your needle, lift your presser foot and pivot your fabric. Lower your presser foot back down to start sewing again. This foot isn’t enclosed. Bulkier yarn that would traditionally be difficult to handle is easy to sew because the foot properly accommodates the extra width. As you can see, the white yarn is pretty thick, but I had no trouble sewing it with this foot. I even used it with my Circular Sewing Attachment to create this flower design, and it only took a few minutes.

I hope that this was helpful! If you have any comments or questions, be sure to leave them in the comment section below. To get your own Yarn Weaving Foot, visit us online at sewingpartsonline.com. To join our sewing community visit us at facebook.com/sewingpartsonline, Twitter @Sewingparts, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram…we’re everywhere! And of course, be sure to share this video, like this video, and subscribe for next week’s sewing video. “


  1. Judith Ellen Brodsky

    I have submitted a previous comment about Yarn Weaving Foot P60460. I forgot to ask what is feed dog and couching?

    1. The feed dog is the part with teeth that come up from the bottom to grab your fabric and feed it through.

      Couching is a method of embroidering in which a thread, often heavy, laid upon the surface of the material, is caught down at intervals by stitches taken with another thread through the material.

  2. Judith Ellen Brodsky

    I could have purchased the wrong sewing machine foot? I was looking for a way to actually sew with larger size threads like embroidery weights or perle cotton number 8. I have seen the video on my computer for Yarn Weaving Foot P60460. Does the thread actually sew through the foot or does regular size sewing thread fasten larger yarns or larger weights of embroidery thread to the fabric? Weaving? What I am trying to do is actually sew with larger weights of thread than regular sewing thread. Do I have the correct sewing machine foot? Maybe some uses for this foot are not in the video? Please Email. Thank you.

    1. Hello Judith,

      The P60460 allows you to use standard sewing thread to attach yarn or other thicker threads to a piece of fabric in a design. You would not actually be sewing with the thicker threads.

      To do what you are describing, you would need an industrial type machine with a very large needle.

  3. I have a Viking Huskvarna 145 I think. I need to know if I can use yarn on this machine with this foot? Also will it sew on plastic paper?

    1. Yes, you should be able to utilize your machine for these types of projects; however, it is always a good idea to double check with the manufacturer.

  4. Love this yarn weaving, but in my day (and I’ve been sewing for 60 years) it was call “couching”. Is there a difference? Please educate me, I’d really like to know.
    Your website, prices, products and service are great- love shopping here and thanks for all of the interesting tutorials.

    1. Hi! Your dad is correct – this foot is exactly like a Couching Foot. Most Couching Feet are free motion feet, but this one is used with your feed dogs. Either way, the technique of sewing decorative yarn is “couching.” I’m not sure why the manufacturers decided to call it a Yarn Weaving Foot, but we love it none the less!
      Thank you for your kind words and for being a customer!

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