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Thread: free motion speed

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    I know that constant speed is absolutely necessary in free motion quilting. Unlike some of the newer machines where you have a control button for your speed, my older Singer (1984 electronic) does not. Does anyone have an idea on how I could improvise something to keep me from going too fast on my sewing machine? I can not seem to keep a constant pressure with my foot.

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    If you have the foot pedal that you push down, is there a way to attach something like a block of cardboard or a dowel so that you can only push it down so far? That is what I do.

    Then you just push it all the way down until it hits the block.

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    Someone on this board said to use lowest speed on machine and floor it. It worked for me.

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    A piece of dense foam? A little bag full of rice? :D:D:D

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    I don't now about the other tips but what works for me on my old Singer is to take my shoe off :!: Then I just use my big toe/s and have a better control on it. The other tip that a couple of my
    quilting class ladies use, is to turn the pedal back to front :shock: I haven't a clue as to why it works for them but it does, go figure :lol:

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    I like to put a phone book under my heel (but not under the pedal!). I think I got that tip from Leah Day's website. It sounds weird, but it changes the angle of the foot and makes it much easier to control the pedal speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerrie1940
    I know that constant speed is absolutely necessary in free motion quilting. Unlike some of the newer machines where you have a control button for your speed, my older Singer (1984 electronic) does not. Does anyone have an idea on how I could improvise something to keep me from going too fast on my sewing machine? I can not seem to keep a constant pressure with my foot.
    there is a hole in my foot pedal...i put an 'all-thread' screw in it and set to speed i want to maintain....of course unthread needle when setting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    If you have the foot pedal that you push down, is there a way to attach something like a block of cardboard or a dowel so that you can only push it down so far? That is what I do.

    Then you just push it all the way down until it hits the block.
    Just like magic! I used the top off my seam ripper as a speed stop on my foot pedal. I hope anyone else having control problems finds this as a solution also. It is really GREAT! :thumbup:

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    Just like magic! I used the top off my seam ripper as a speed stop on my foot pedal. I hope anyone else having control problems finds this as a solution also. It is really GREAT!
    I must remember that one, what a terrific tip

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