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    i used to use it all the time for about 7 yrs, now i have a mechanical mach and use the foot pedal, it was great for my son when his legs didn't reach the floor

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    I think that using the off/on button would really take some getting use to. Don't you lose some control, like running the machine too much with no fabric?

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    Yes, I have the button on my new machine and I love it. I have plantar facitits on right foot, and now I can sit for longer periods of time and piece. Best thing since sliced bread!

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    Yes, I have the button on my new machine and I love it. I have plantar facitits on right foot, and now I can sit for longer periods of time and piece. Best thing since sliced bread!

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    It isn't the ON/OFF button -----it is the button that regulates the stitching - you use it INSTEAD of a foot peddle or knee pad.

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    Just got a Janome with that button and LOVE IT

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    I use mine all the time, except when there are a lot of curved seams, or for F.M.Q.when I need a little more control over the speed.

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    I am longing for a new machine just to have that button. I can not move my legs, so I sew with one hand on the fabric and the other hand on the foot pedal. Now that I want to do some free motion quilting, I really need both hands available to guide the fabric. I tried one out, and now I need to save up for another machine! It seems like it would be wonderful!!!

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    I use for FMQ.

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    YES....it is definitely a "back saver". I purchased a Janome Jem with this feature. I never used the foot control that came with it. You can adjust the speed with a slider button, so..start in slow mode and increase the speed as you become more comfortable with it.

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    I feel a total lack of control when I use my button. Tried it with FMQ once but couln't react fast enough to turn it off. ♥

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    Quote Originally Posted by mosquitosewgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by McQuilter
    I have two Brother machines and they both have a start/stop button. I had always used a foot pedal and had back pain after an hour or so of quilting/sewing. My friend at the sewing machine store suggested using the start /stop button about two years ago and it has made all the difference in the world. I can sit for hours without any back pain at all.
    I do. My Janome MC4900QC has it. It took awhile to get used to, but I do use it on long runs, FMQ, etc.

    For those of you who don't have a start/stop button and have back pain from using the foot pedal too long, get one of the sloped foot rests that will hold your foot pedal. It really helps to lift it slightly and change the angle.
    Another suggestion would be to get the same angle of slope for the left foot, like the subaru has , it makes your hips level and reduces stress on the back. Rita

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    I also learned on a machine with a knee lever. Then switched to a foot pedal with the last three machines. I also do have the start/stop button on my newest machine, but haven't used it yet. I've only had it for 5 months. I haven't done any fmq yet. Soon I'll be ready to do some and will try it out then, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keolika
    Quote Originally Posted by mosquitosewgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by McQuilter
    I have two Brother machines and they both have a start/stop button. I had always used a foot pedal and had back pain after an hour or so of quilting/sewing. My friend at the sewing machine store suggested using the start /stop button about two years ago and it has made all the difference in the world. I can sit for hours without any back pain at all.
    I do. My Janome MC4900QC has it. It took awhile to get used to, but I do use it on long runs, FMQ, etc.

    For those of you who don't have a start/stop button and have back pain from using the foot pedal too long, get one of the sloped foot rests that will hold your foot pedal. It really helps to lift it slightly and change the angle.
    Another suggestion would be to get the same angle of slope for the left foot, like the subaru has , it makes your hips level and reduces stress on the back. Rita
    I've been doing this for the last few months and it makes a huge difference in my hip pain. Makes sense to me. :thumbup:

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    ;I don't have a stop and start button.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scraps
    It isn't the ON/OFF button -----it is the button that regulates the stitching - you use it INSTEAD of a foot peddle or knee pad.
    Actually it is the "ON/OFF" button. I push that button to start sewing - Not to be confused with the Power on/off button that totally shuts down the power of your machine. There is a speed regulator slider also to adjust your sewing speed. There is ALSO a stitch regulator to adjust the width and length of the stitches.

    I have never used my presser foot - absolutely love the ON/OFF button and wouldn't own a machine again without that option.

    Pat

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    I love my start/stop button! I am a paraplegic and before the new machine, I would guide fabric with one hand and press the foot pedal with the other. Took a little getting used to, but I think it's the best part of my new machine!

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    I used it on a machine supplied during a workshop and when I got a new (used) machine with it I was sure I would love it, but somehow have never really used it much. I was told in the workshop it would be good for fmq, but I just seem unable to break my old habits.

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    I have a bernina 440, does it come with a start/stop button? I think I would love it

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    All the time!!! I just discovered the other day, (I was a bit distracted by something) if you hold the button continually, it will stitch s-l-o-w-l-y. That little feature has helped me many times.

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    My Bernina has a knee lift and my Janome has a button, but I don't use either one! Can't teach this old dog a new trick :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzanneG
    Wow, I have had my Elna 7200 for about four years now and never knew I had this feature! LOL
    Anyway, I wanted to ask, can you use the reverse button with the start/stop button for backtacking? In other words, once I press the start/stop and I start moving forward, can I press reverse while it's running? I can't imagine why I couldn't, but my manual doesn't address this and I'm always one to err on the side of caution, so I was just wondering if any of you have done this. Thanks!!
    Suzanne - yes, you can most definitely press the backstitch button while the machine is in motion - using the ON/OFF button - the same as if you were using the presser foot.

    Pat

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    Don't have any machines with this feature - thinking of getting one,though.

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    I love the stop/start button on my Janome! I only use it, though, for doing long seams (like piecing backing or putting on borders) and when I piece batting together. It really helps with those straight seams. I love the way I can also set the speed on my Janome...slow enough so I can snag the pins before the needle gets them and keep the batting going through straight, but I can make it fast enough that don't get bored watching each stitch being made!

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    I, too, use the foot petal out of habit, but my dil has a brother machine ( her first machine) and was self taught because she could not get to the classes they store offered. She does a wonderful job of controling the machine with the button only.

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