I hear you, Glenda Tex!! I have the same machine as you and continue to have the same problem. For me, a mouse pad made no difference whatsoever. I bought one of those plastic foot pedal holders ( like a chair pad) but the pedal was too wide. I even hollowed out the sides a little to try to make it fit. Now it fits but the foot won't depress all the way. What a flippin' pain. I guess I'll try the velcro. I would have bolted the darn thing down to the floor by now if I didn't move the machine to quilt.