Sewing Machine Foot Keep Falling Off? (Here’s Why)

The sewing machine foot is a part that clicks onto the end of the needle bar.

You will find a hole in the bottom that allows the needle to enter and exit the fabric as you sew. As you sew, it firmly holds the material down.

When the sewing machine foot falls off, it can be very difficult to sew.

Here is Why the Sewing Machine Foot Keeps Falling Off:

The screw holding the presser foot onto the presser bar isn’t tight enough. You may need to tighten the screw. Otherwise, the foot may be broken and may need to be replaced. Aside from falling off, the foot may slide around while sewing. It can also cause tension issues and uneven stitches.

How Do You Fix a Loose Foot Press?

  • Turn off your sewing machine and unplug it from the wall.
  • Raise the needle.
  • Lift the presser foot.
  • You should see a screw in between the shank of the presser foot and the two arms that hold presser feet in place.
  • Remove the foot by loosening its screw, typically on top of the foot.
  • Make sure that the foot is clean and free of debris.
  • Reinstall the foot and make sure that it is tight.

It can be frustrating when you’re in the middle of a sewing project, and your machine’s foot keeps falling off. Of course, there are many possibilities for this, but luckily, there are just as many fixes.

Below are other reasons why the sewing machine foot keeps falling off and how to fix it:

Broken Sewing Machine Foot

Remove the foot and inspect it for cracks or visible flaws. 

For example, you may have slightly bent the presser foot out of shape, which means it doesn’t fit properly onto the bar and falls off more easily. 

To test this, remove the foot and make sure it’s flat on a tabletop.

I don’t recommend trying to straighten it out if it has any bends. It would be best if you replaced the footer instead.

Incorrectly Installed Sewing Machine Foot

If you’re having difficulty keeping the sewing machine foot in place and it keeps falling off, it might be that it isn’t installed correctly. 

To ensure that your sewing machine foot is installed correctly, follow these instructions:

    • Locate the foot holder on the lower portion of your sewing machine
    • Remove the current presser foot by pressing down on the holder and lifting up
    • Locate the screw or the screwdriver needed to install a new presser foot
    • Attach the new presser foot and make sure it’s secure
    • Make sure that the attachment screw is tight enough to stay in place but not so tight that you can’t remove it when necessary

Faulty or Missing Presser Bar

Ensure the presser bar is securely attached to the rest of the machine. 

If the foot continues to fall off, the presser bar may be loose or broken. 

In addition, if you don’t see it attached, it’s possible that your presser bar has fallen off the machine or is missing.

If the presser bar is faulty or missing, you can try replacing it with a new one. 

Here are the steps to replace a sewing machine presser bar:

    1. Unplug your sewing machine and remove the foot.
    2. Remove the needle plate by unscrewing the two screws on either side.
    3. Remove the presser bar by removing its retainer screw and lifting the bar off the machine.
    4. Install the new presser bar by lining up its retainer hole with the one in the machine, then replace the screw.

Worn Out Sewing Machine Foot

Over time, the foot of your sewing machine may begin to lose its original shape. 

A sewing machine foot is a vital part of your sewing machine, so it’s important to make sure you’re using one in good condition. A worn-out foot can cause damage to your fabric and even your machine.

If you notice that your seams don’t look as good as they used to, or if you keep needing to readjust your pressure setting, it could be time for a replacement.

Bulky Fabric

Check that the slipping problem has nothing to do with your fabric and thread. Sometimes, there’s too much bulk in these areas, making the machine foot slip off.

Check that your fabric isn’t too bulky. When sewing over thick seams, such as where a pocket would go on a pair of denim jeans, there’s sometimes too much fabric to cause the sewing machine foot to slip off its track. 

Move your feed dogs out of the way of this bulk, then sew your seam again.

In addition, too much slack in the fabric or thread can cause the sewing machine foot to slip. Therefore, double-check these areas and look for compatibility issues between your machine and the fabric.

Pressure Needs Adjustment

Check the pressure and make sure it’s not set too low. If your machine is set to a low sewing pressure, it will be easy to move the presser foot and cause it to fall off. Raise the pressure if this is the case.

To adjust your sewing machine’s presser foot pressure:

    1. Locate the knob on the side of your machine labeled “Presser Foot” and turn it clockwise to increase the foot’s pressure against the fabric or counterclockwise to decrease the pressure.
    2. Turn off your sewing machine and unplug it from the wall socket before you begin adjusting any settings.
    3. To lower or raise the pressure, unscrew and remove one screw from each side of the knob with a small Phillips-head screwdriver. Do not force these screws as they are delicate.
    4. After removing all four screws, gently lift one side of the knob to expose its underside.
    5. Find the two small holes where you can insert an Allen wrench or other small tool into each hole.
    6. Turn clockwise for higher and counterclockwise for lower pressure.

Worn Out Presser Foot Holder Spring

When the spring becomes worn out, it no longer holds the foot in place as well as it should. 

You can resolve this by replacing the presser foot holder spring.

    1. Raise the needle to its highest position.
    2. Remove the screw from the presser foot holder with a Phillips screwdriver.
    3. Turn the machine off and unplug it.
    4. Take out the bobbin case, then take out the bobbin case cover.
    5. Remove the screw from the needle bar thread guide and take out the needle bar thread guide.
    6. Remove the presser foot holder from the machine by unscrewing the two screws on each side.
    7. Remove the worn-out or broken spring and replace it with a new one.
    8. Re-assemble in reverse order.

Is the Presser Foot Supposed to Sit Loose?

It depends on your sewing machine. 

If you have a presser foot lifter, the foot is meant to stay loose on the machine to move up and down. If your machine does not have a presser foot lifter, you must hold the presser foot in place while sewing.

Final Thoughts

The foot is the part that provides stabilization and guidance to the fabric so it will not be pulled in two different directions while being sewn. 

This guide is a thorough examination of the problem and discusses potential solutions.

In the end, it’s not just one or two things that can cause this. Rather, it’s a combination of several factors that yield varying levels of success. So try your best to identify the root causes of each issue you encounter, and hopefully, this will help you get back to sewing in no time.


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