Accessory Spotlight: N Foot Tutorial


This embroidery tutorial highlights the Brother monogramming foot, labeled with an “N.” The N foot is commonly found in the included accessories for many Brother machines. If you’re looking for a replacement, this foot would be listed as a part available from your Brother dealer.   The monogramming foot is designed for decorative stitching and for sewing out lettering and characters, (commonly known as monogramming) patterns in your machine. While there are some utility stitches mixed into the decorative menu, foot N is primarily for decorative patterns and stitches that do not lay totally flat on the fabric. See examples of various stitches from different Brother machine models in Figure #1a, Figure #1b, and Figure #1c.   stitching options Figure #1a   types of stitches on machine Figure #1b   Figure #1c   Important Tips: Unless you are stitching stiff or firm fabric, you’ll likely have the best results when using foot J for utility stitches. If you select foot N in place of foot J, be sure to test your stitching on fabric scraps. Fabric should be well stabilized when stitching decorative and character stitches. Essentially, you are creating mini embroidery without a hoop. Be sure to test stitches on fabric scraps and add stabilizer as needed.
Below are features that make foot N ideal for stitching decorative patterns and characters.  
  • The N foot is a genuine Brother Accessory, made from quality materials and designed to use with patterns included in the Decorative and Character/Monogram menus of your Brother embroidery machine.
  • This wide, snap on foot has a 7mm opening in the center.
  • The clear view in the center provides excellent visibility.
  • Designed with a deep groove on the bottom side, the monogramming foot slides easily over bulky decorative stitches.
  • Use the monogram foot for satin stitching with a dense zigzag, and your stitches will flow smoothly under the deep groove on the foot.
  • Dash lines on the foot show where stitching starts and can also be used as an alignment guide when pivoting a corner.
  Notice the clear view in the center of the foot along with dash lines that show where the stitching starts. See Figure #2. Foot N opening Figure #2   The deep groove extends from the front all the way to the back of the foot. See Figure #3. Foot N groove Figure #3   Decorative sewing stitches on some Brother models fit within the 7mm opening on the foot. On other Brother models, you’ll find multi-directional stitches where the feed dogs move from side to side as well as front to back, forming large decorative patterns. The oversized base of sewing foot N helps keep the fabric flat and secure while these large stitches form on the fabric. See examples of 7mm stitches in pink and large, and larger multi-directional decorative patterns in purple in Figure #4. stitch examples Figure #4   Now that you know more about your Brother N monogramming foot, experiment with the wide variety of decorative patterns and character stitches built-in to your machine. Have fun sewing with presser foot N! See Figure #5. foot N in use Figure #5   CLICK HERE FOR PDF!
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Margot Says:
2/27/2021 3:02:26 PM

Can you go a little bit deeper and explain how to use the "letters" that go along with this foot? Or, how to make words? Thank you, this was an informative newsletter! Everyone needs a refresher on this foot from time to time.

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Clovis Says:
3/7/2021 11:45:02 AM

Thanks for the nformation on the "N" foot.

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Caroline Booth Says:
3/7/2021 8:15:06 AM

This is very helpful information! I love how you don’t just explain the “how” but give us the “why” to use this foot. I always learn fun new things from your posts! Thank you!!

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