Border Guide Foot: manual

No need to mark every row beforehand! The border guide foot helps you to easily match up your border designs or decorative stitches and sew evenly spaced lines. The two sets of vertical red lines allow you a perfect spacing of rows.

The border guide foot is a clear snap-on foot. It has wings with red guides that help you make perfectly parallel rows of stitching. You can sew without measuring and marking. The horizontal line matches the needle drop point and the small red mark the center of the stitches.

The plastic glides over the fabric nicely while allowing you to view everything more easily. It will make your stitching more precise. Following the red guides is easier than using the guides on the needle plate.


The whole foot is 31/32” x 1 ⅞ “, so each wing is 15/16” wide. The first line is exactly ½” from the needle drop point. The second line is at 13/16”.


A border guide foot is made for sewists and quilters who love sewing machine decorative stitches.

It allows you to sew multiple rows of decorative stitches all beautifully lined up. You can build up a border of decorative stitches, without having to mark every row beforehand.


  • a front button band on a blouse
  • children’s clothing
  • home decorations such as placemats, table runners, tablecloths or napkins
  • bags, totes and little purses

You can simply use this foot for sewing straight lines or for simple piecing. It’s great for measuring ½ inch wide spaces when sewing a Chenille blanket for example.

It’s also handy for creating channels, like corset boning channels, because the first line is exactly 1/2 inch.

Or for seams or top stitching when you need a little extra space than a regular foot offers.

You can even make your own lace! Take a piece of water soluble stabilizer and lay a piece of tulle over this. Stitch decorative rows with white thread in the bobbin and needle. Cut away excess tulle off and wash away the stabilizer.



All snap-on sewing machines except Bernina and PFAFF machines and some Husqvarna Viking models.

You can use this foot on:

  • a Bernina if you have the Bernina adapter + a low shank snap on adapter
  • a Pfaff or a Husqvarna Viking or on all screw-on machines if you have the low shank adapter
  • a high shank machine if you have the high shank adapter


HOW TO put this foot on your machine?

The border guide foot is a universal snap-on presser foot. You just snap it on and of your presser foot holder.

For some sewing machine brands you need to screw-on an adapter first.

The low shank snap-on adapter for a Pfaff, a Husqvarna Viking (some models) or a low shank screw-on machine.

The Bernina adapter + the low shank snap-on adapter for a Bernina

The high shank adapter for a high shank machine.

You can find all these adapters in our store. The low shank adapter is a bonus adapter in the Ultimate 32pcs presser foot set. For more info on shanks and universal presser feet, read the blog post about the different shanks.

Snap on:

Screw on machine or Pfaff or Husqvarna Viking:

A Bernina machine:


Mark the fabric for the first row and also draw a horizontal start line if your starting point is not at the border of your fabric. In this way all your rows will start at the same spot. Your starting point is under the red horizontal line. Now ride the red mark in the center of the foot along your marked line for perfectly straight stitching.

For row 2, simply lineup row 1 between the 2 red lines on one side of the foot. Repeat on the other side of the foot for row 3 if you want your design to start from the middle.  

The first row stays clear of the feed dogs so you are not sewing on a uneven surface that could cause your stitching to veer off course.

To stitch in between rows, line up the 2 rows you already stitched between the 2 inner red lines.

As you sew, keep watching the guide lines, not the needle. This way your fabric will keep on going straight. Ideally, your previous line of stitching is between the two vertical red lines, so keep your eyes on the stitching between the red lines.

Try out any of the built-in decorative stitches of your machine an make a beautiful design. If you have an embroidery machine, the possibilities are unlimited. The only thing that limits you is your imagination!