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Thread: Help! I can't use a foot pedal

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    Senior Member izzybelle's Avatar
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    Help! I can't use a foot pedal

    I really could use some ideas! I have MS. Through the years I have lost the ability to use my legs, so I'm in a wheelchair. I have a Sears Kenmore and a Juki TL 2000 which I love. I'm able to piece my blocks by setting the foot pedal on the counter by my machine and use my elbow as my "foot". Works fine, no problems. Until recently I could put the pedal on the ground and quilt my layers to my satisfaction, but now I can't even do that. Does anyone know if there is an inexpensive aid to help me? Or, if there is anyone out there able to quilt in a different way without the use of your feet?
    Cathy

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    Cathy,

    I am not as knowledgeable about some of this stuff. I commend you for your efforts! I think it's teriffic that you continue to quilt. I also suggest that you submit your same query to the Vintage Machine Enthusiasts forum. There is a lot of untapped knowledge on all the forums, so I hope you get some help.

    Jeanette

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    Thanks Jeanette!
    Cathy

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    I know you probably don't want to invest in a machine, but my brother cs6000i has an option that if you unplug the foot you can use a button to start/stop sewing. I have used it on a couple of occasions when I've had leg cramps.

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    I have seen machines that have a bar that extends just below the table and is activated by pressing it with your knee. If you are able, that could be a way to go. I'm not at all sure what machine had that available, but I wouldn't think it to be too much of a challenge to adapt the foot control in such a fashion, especially for a sewing machine repairman.

    My Viking does have a button that I can set to automatically sew until I press stop, but it's just way too automatic for me and I always get into trouble when I try to use it. I haven't been motivated to use it that much to get better at handling it.

    Try the knee control thing; it didn't take much pressure at all and appeared to offer all the control of a foot device.

    Good luck and blessings on you for hanging in there. Keep the faith!

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    Quote Originally Posted by izzybelle View Post
    I really could use some ideas! I have MS. Through the years I have lost the ability to use my legs, so I'm in a wheelchair. I have a Sears Kenmore and a Juki TL 2000 which I love. I'm able to piece my blocks by setting the foot pedal on the counter by my machine and use my elbow as my "foot". Works fine, no problems. Until recently I could put the pedal on the ground and quilt my layers to my satisfaction, but now I can't even do that. Does anyone know if there is an inexpensive aid to help me? Or, if there is anyone out there able to quilt in a different way without the use of your feet?
    My first electric sewing machine had a knee control. Don't know if you can still find them or not. And maybe you don't have enough leg movement to lean your knee a bit. But it doesn't take a lot of pressure. I'd think a person could figure out a way to mount the foot pedal on a table leg, if you can manage that.
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    I can relate to this They make after market knee controls -- http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/705W.php Maybe that would be of some help?

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    Sorry ladies, no knee control either. I tried putting the foot pedal under my armpit. With practice, I think this might be do-able, but would much prefer another solution. Keep the ideas coming, and I'll keep trying too!
    Cathy

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    If you could afford a different machine, my Bernina has a knee lever, perhaps operate it with your hand? Try one out at the dealer, and my Vikings have stop/start push buttons. Keep sewing

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    Have you contacted the MS Association? They have lots of ideas on how to adapt everything imaginable.

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