For those of us who aim for a precise seam, the hover feature is a dream. Because the presser foot raises immediately at our whim, we can quickly check to visually see our seam whenever we want. If the seam is on target and looking good, then we can keep on sewing. However, if it is off target, we can make any minor adjustments needed. Because we don't have to lift the presser foot lever manually, we can keep our hands on the fabric, which makes re-adjusting and re-aligning fabric easier than ever before. Also, if we are piecing the top of a quilt, you can use the hover feature to quickly pivot at corners of the quilt block.
From our experience, whether you are sewing a garment or piecing a quilt top, the hover feature is really nice to have. It's one of those little features that just makes sewing easier, which, in my opinion, makes sewing more fun.
Less fussing = more fun.
Now, not all modern machines are equipped with the hover feature. In order for a machine to hover, it needs to be designed with electric presser foot lift. For any of you curious about machines with this capability, I have listed a few of my favorites below: