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What Is The Difference Between A Vertical Sewing Machine And A Horizontal One?

Submitted by on July 15, 2009 – 9:17 pm 3 Comments

I have just purchased a Kenmore sewing machine and I am trying to get more accessories such as buttonhole foot etc. Looking on Kenmore website some feet are to be used with vertical sewing machines other with horizontal ones and I have no idea what is the difference between the two of them. And also, if my sewing machine is Kenmore do I have to buy feet for it only from Kenmore or any other cheaper brand would work, too? Thank you in advance for your help.

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  • low10984 says:

    vertical sewing machines have the needle going horizontally
    and horizontal machines the needle goes vertically (up and down like most home machines).

  • vinnymac says:

    vertical sews up and down, horizontal sews across left to right

  • debbie says:

    I thought the difference was the positioning of the bobbin. Both my Sears Kenmore machines use class 15 bobbins and are actually vertical when installed in the machine. One is a low shank machine, one is a super high shank, both using the same metal bobbin and bobbin case. The horizontal machines have the bobbins lay flat down and are inserted without a bobbin holder. My 3rd machine has plastic bobbins and is considered a horizontal machine as the bobbin is positioned horizontally (flat) in the machine. Interesting to note that the box of Sears Kenmore presser feet as advertised for horizontal sewing machines fit perfect on my sewing machines that have a vertical bobbin holder. This is a set of 4 low shank presser feet with an item number of 20-6702. Also fits my low shank brother-disney machine which is a horizontal style machine. hope this helps. from, Debbie, Phoenix, AZ

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