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Invisible zipper foot - Birch

I thought I might shed some light on the invisible zipper foot. I bought a Birch model from Spotlight and it came in a little plastic bag with four blue shanks and a rolling foot.

First I removed the standard foot from my Janome sewing machine (Sewist 521). I realised I still needed to remove the shank, which is the part that is screwed on, and holds the interchangeable feet. So with one hand holding the screwdriver and one hand holding my daughter, who just had to watch, it popped out disappeared somewhere. NO! I was about to kick myself but luckily I found it in the basket underneath my table. Phew.

The Birch invisible zipper foot comes with one shank already in place so you know how it's suppose to fit. You have to select the correct shank that fits your machine and slide it onto the foot piece.

I just tried each blue part on my machine and made sure it was wide enough to cover the metal leg bit and that I could fit the screw in it's side. Once you find the correct shank slide it into the paddle pop looking part and slide it to the middle. Screw it in place and then you can start using it as per usual. I've added some pics below so you know what I'm on about. Was that clear as mud?

* For a terrific tutorial on sewing an invisible zipper check it out here


  1. Thank you so much for your advice, particularly the photos! I am sewing my daughter's bridesmaids dresses and had just bought the Birch invisible zipper foot and was sat scratching my head as to what to do with all the "bits"! Their instructions were not at all clear. I at least know where to start. Thanks, Jane

  2. Good luck with the sewing. I'm glad I could help out!!! It makes my day!

  3. Thank you so much for this - I was doing exactly the same thing as the lady above. Thank you and thank you google!

  4. Thank you so much for posting your pics of the Birch Invisible Zipper Foot. I'm about to try my first invisible zip and couldn't work out what to do. I couldn't find a YouTube video that used the Birch foot so was quite confused. You are a gem.

  5. yes - thanks for posting this! I had no idea what to do either!!

  6. Thank you for this, it's brilliant! And thanks for pics too - had no idea how to get this foot onto my machine until I found this page.

  7. May I add my thanks! Spent 10 minutes peering at the blue and beige bits, then, in a rare bright moment, thought to look on Google and here you are, All Things Mum.
    I haven't managed the attachment yet, but I think I am better armed....

  8. thanks so much; I've just broken a needle before I read this and realised the shank needs to be removed! You're a gem :)

  9. Thank you for this tip! I was pulling my hair out trying to work out how to attach the foot attachment to the foot.

  10. I'm so grateful. You're an absolute star. It's so frustrating to start a project and then get stumped by a bit of technical equipment.

  11. Thanks for your tips! I have a Janome memory Craft 4000, and none of the attachments fit properly. I was trying to fit B (long) adaptor as it was the only one wide enough, but the screw hole was covered. I saw you were using the A adaptor, which was too slim, i eventually forced it on, and it works, but i still feel it's not the correct one for my machine. Anyone else have this problem?

    1. Yep, same problem. I have an old Brother and the right length adapter is too narrow. I've forced it on and it opens up the slider allowing the roller bit to wobble about. Will continue on slowly anyway as I have to finish the dress. When I have time I'm going to file out the blue bit to widen it.


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