The General Purpose foot is also called a straight stitch foot or a standard foot. This foot generally comes with all sewing machines and is therefore considered standard to all machines. The General Purpose foot is the most versatile of all presser feet because it can be used in such a wide variety of stitches. The General Purpose foot is used for general garment sewing and is more specifically used to finish seams, hems, and for topstitching. This foot can also be used for patchwork, decorative stitching, smocking and fagoting. This foot can also be used with zigzag stitches and stretch stitches. The General Purpose foot is easily changed by snapping on or off.