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    I've never saw a machine like that. I have foot pedals on all of mine.

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    Yes!!!!!!!!! I love it :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I have used it a few times, but what I tried and really like is adjusting the speed....I can slow down or speed up depending on the project and it really makes a difference in the quality of the stitch. Like meandering...I am just learning and I have better control if I slow it down instead of trusting my foot to go slower.

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    I use the start/stop button mostly when free motion quilting on my Janome 6600P. Don't have the feel for using it on all sewing just yet, but sure I
    will get there as I really enjoy this feature. I have long fingers so it is convenient.

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    I took a class at the LQS and the instructor told me to use the foot pedal. She said that it left too much room for error if I was always taking my hand off the fabric to push the button. Since I was (still am) new to quilting I thought that it was the 'right' way to do it. Thanks for all your comments, I'll have to try it again.

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    I have a button on my Singer and love it.

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    I have an Elna and I always use the button.

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    Quote Originally Posted by okiepastor
    Wow, I thought I'd been around sewing machines for a long time, but I've never seen a knee lever power control....and I learned on a treadle. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. I actually think I would like that the best.
    Wish I had them now--much better than the alternatives![/quote]

    You know those first electrified machines after treadle machines? Those ones in a cabinet? They still kinda looked like treadle machines. They often had knee controls, they were funny kind of curved clubby ones.

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    I love my start/stop button.. I dont even miss that foot pedal!!

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    I have 2 Brothers and never used the foot pedal. I have used a knee pedal before, I like anything better than the foot! But get more control with the buttons.

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    i have a start/stop button on my elna quilting queen, but i only use it when i am machine (free motion) quilting or doing machine applique...havent tried it for anything else.....gina

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    Quote Originally Posted by redeagle
    Quote Originally Posted by mosquitosewgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I think that would get some getting used to for me. I learned on the knee leaver & adjusted to the foot petal, but I would think you would have less control if you have to let go of the fabric being sewn to push a button.
    Wow, I thought I'd been around sewing machines for a long time, but I've never seen a knee lever power control....and I learned on a treadle. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. I actually think I would like that the best.
    I sewed on a friend's machine for a period of time and that machine had a knee lever. Took a while to go to the foot pedal as I kept moving my knee. That is the only machine I have ever seen a knee lever on.
    The old Singer cabinets have a place inside where the foot pedal fits. When you push the knee lever it pushes on the foot pedal to make the machine run. I have 2 different styles from the 50s. My mom's kenmore had a knee lever in the 60s.

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    When I bought my Babylock Ellisimo I got so used to using the button that now whenever I switch to another of my machines I find myself punching the air where the button is supposed to be! LOL

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    I only use the button on my brother. I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    I don't don't use the Stop/Start button for regular piecing. I like to start slow and then pedal to the metal. If you use the button you can't control your speed easily. But, it's a handy feature for some people.
    My Brother has a speed control right next to the Start/Stop button. I just love this feature. You can move the speed control to real slow, then move it up as you go. I usually sew with the speed control on the middle level. Rarely have I every sewn at the fast speed. I put my foot pedal away. Always use the Start/Stop button.

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    I have a Euro Pro and only use the button.
    I can control my speed and do more accurately quilt.
    Just love it!!!!!!

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    Yes, I use mine when quilting when I am not starting at the edge of the fabric. It will tie a neat knot in the thread so you don't have to worry about unraveling. It is great! I have a Viking 500 and just rediscovered this feature after several years.

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    My Janome 6600 has one but I just don't seem to be able to get the hang of it. Probably something to do with old dogs and new tricks.

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    I use my foot pedal exclusively on my Babylock Qwest. Am probably the only one in my group that does. love it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PghPat
    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.

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    Pat, thank you so much for your reply. I didn't want to try it until I knew for sure, so I really appreciate your taking the time to respond! :D

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    when I was sharing a foot pedal between 2 Janome machines in 2 different locations, sometimes I would forget the pedal and had to use the start/stoputton. it was OK for FMQ, but I didn't like it for reg. sewing. I don't know if I would ever use it exclusively, but I was really glad it was there!

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    I've only used my foot pedal.

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    I too have a Brother and yes I do use the button. I love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I have the Brother with the Stop/Start button....totally love it. Used to get foot cramps. And I learned on my moms Singer with the knee lever that causes leg cramps.

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    Janome 6600P I use the start stop button along with the thread cutting button. I love it.

    When embroidering you can set it so it does all the letters and I program it so it cuts the thread at the end. Very handy.

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