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Thread: Foot pedal or no foot pedal?

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    My machine will sew without the foot pedal - I've used it like that when quilting. Sometimes these machines have so many wonderful features we can't possibly use them all!

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    I have NOT used a foot pedal in over 3 years. I love just pushing the button and away you go. I also love the needle treader and the scissors button on mine. I absolutely love my sewing machine. I get a smile on my face every time I sit down to use it.

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    I learned to sew with the knee bar, but it wasn't just a lifter it was my go juice! It was in the 60's and I think the machine was a White, or it could have been an Elna. It was a great way to sew, but now I'm not so sure I could coordinate my knee to do the job anymore!

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    i use the start/stop with no pedal for sewing decorative stitches on long runs vs, short runs with lots of turns. Makes it easier for me to manage the fabric. I have used the knee lifter for so long I can't sew without it. To me it's a time saver but it did take a bit to get used to it in the beginning.

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    I love the start/stop button and wonder how I ever used the foot pedal. Mine kept running away from me and I was forever chasing it down. I tried all the hints to keep it in place but they never worked. I don't use the thread cutter asI like longer tails to hold onto to start my seams. I don't use the knee lifter as it seems so cumbersome to have it there. I tried not getting it, but it came with themachines I have so they are somewhere around here but I don't know where.
    Alice the quilter

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    Quote Originally Posted by EllieGirl View Post
    I have the ability to use a foot pedal but don't. I've never liked the foot pedal on any machine! I was thrilled to get a machine where I could just push the button to start!
    I recently had foot surgery and started using the start button too and found I LOVE it.
    ​Nancy

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    I have a Janome 6600 and love the knee lifter and going with out the pedal. With my previous machine (a small brother) only had a foot pedal and I ended up with a big knot in my calf muscle of my right leg from constantly pressing on the foot pedal. It was quite painful and would not go away for months. I had to stop going to the gym classes I enjoyed because each time I would put a bounce in my step, it would seize up and bring me to my knees.

    The knee lifter takes a little getting used to, but is so worth the effort. I use it on my 6600, and my 10000 for embroidery. Once you get used to it, you do it without thinking.

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    I've had the singer quantum since december, and I love, love, love it! I haven't tried sewing much without the foot pedal, I have an old Kenmore, and I think I was just too used to a foot pedal!
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    I have used a friends Brother machine without the foot pedal for free motion quilting. And it is fabulous! To me, it removes one of the variables - trying to control the speed of the machine when quilting - and let's you concentrate on just learning to move the fabric at the correct speed to get the look you want. You're lucky - I wish. Y machine could work that way!

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    I have a Brothers with embroidery capabilities so that uses the start/stop button. I also use it when doing FMQ as it keeps an even speed and I do like that I don't have to reposition a foot pedal all the time. Also the thread cutter and needle threader are a joy. I do need a machine that will sew over thick things like seams in jeans etc. Does anyone have any suggestions for that? Even an older used model.

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    I love using the start/stop button! Because I am unable to use my foot for the foot pedal, I would have to use my hand to push on the pedal on my old machine. With my new Pfaff, I am now able to keep my seams straighter and now working on my free motion skills! Was not able to free motion with one hand on the fabric and one on the foot pedal! I'm good, but not that good! LOL!

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    I,too, have the ability to disconnect the foot pedal and use the start/stop button on the face of the machine. I confess, I don't use the start/stop button often, I prefer to use the foot pedal. Maybe I should use it more often, but, a lot of my quilt patterns are challenging and I often need to have both hands free to make sure that the end of the block fits perfectly. You gave something to think about.

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    Dear Gmcsewer, there are notions that will help you when you come to thick seams. I just checked Nancy's Notions, and found something that will help you. It is called a Jean-a-ma-jig and they are having a sale right now on this item. It used to be $16.00, it is now under $9.00 and you get some jeans needles included. You know, I just might need to buy this.Hope this helps.

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    I have a Janome 8900 and love the auto thread cutter and the no foot pedal sewing. It came in handy when I had the right hip replacement. The lift I do not use. It is in the wrong place for me.
    Grandmeto6 aka Judy

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    I only use the start/stop button to fill my bobbins. It just seems beyond my ability and coordination to try to match seams together or pull out pins while the machine is running. LOVE the knee lift and auto thread cutter! Would hate to live without those!

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    I use my knee lift when I am doing curves and top stitching appliques. It really helps when you have to pivot a lot. Use the start\stop button occasionally. Not much. Would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a thread cutter, but love my Babylock so another machine not in the future..:')..............

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    I have a Brother machine with the sew button. Only works if the foot pedal is not plugged in, which is a bit of a pain. I do not like sewing with the button as I prefer the variable control of the foot pedal. I love being able to wind bobbins without using the foot pedal.
    Shirley in Arizona

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    My DGD uses the auto pilot button on my second Janome because she can't reach the foot petal.

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    It would be awfully hard for me to give up my foot control...have used it so many years I would feel out of control any other way I think. I think I used a knee control in home ec class in high school and that was 40+ years ago.

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    I have a Husqvarna SE. Love the thread cutter, I do not have to stick my head under the quilt to cut the bobbin thread. I never use the auto sew I usually use the foot control. I have a button on the front I just push and it and it will auto sew and I can regulate the speed. I also do not have a pressure foot lever. The foot just automatically goes up or down with a touch of the foot control. Love this machine and would have a hard time going back to a machine that does not have all the features this one does. Only thing it does not do is make supper when I have been sewing all day or do the dishes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranchwife View Post
    I love auto pilot and the speed governor on my Brother. I use auto pilot (no foot pedal) when I'm sewing straight seams in strips, or doing SID. It takes a while to get used to, but it is so nice not to have to use a foot pedal all of the time.
    I have a Janome MC9700, a thread cutter which I love, and the option to sew without using the foot. Like Ranchwife, I'll use the "auto pilot" when sewing straight seams, especially long ones, and doing SID. I also use it with some kinds of free motion quilting when I leave the feet dogs up. That way, my "stitch regulator" is essentially engaged, or it gives the machine a stitch regulator (not sure which), and my FMQ is steady with equal distance stitches. It really helps my shoulders because by doing it with feed dogs up and auto stitching, I"m not hanging on to the "sandwich" as hard. I can do FMQ with the feed dogs down and my darning foot, but it's hard on my shoulders.

    I have two mini Aussies, and they love to "herd" me when I'm sewing. Nothing goes without their close scrutiny!
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    Have a brother SQ9000 I bought for the 80 stitches. Never use foot peddle, but with dogs here worry one will decide to chew on the cords and so if I don't have to I don't. Button is right on front and I have gotten used to it.

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    I've had my BabyLock Elizabeth for a month or so now. I adore the thread cutter more than any other feature! It saves thread and I don't have to hold the thread when starting a new seam to keep the needle from unthreading. Awesome! I do use the start/stop button a lot with longer seams but still use the foot pedal for shorter seams and lots of starts/stops and pivoting. Love, love, love the sliding speed control! My 4 yr old grandson loves to 'help' me sew. We made a potholder for Mother's Day for his Mommy. He loved pushing the start/stop button for me and using the speed control on slow helped our sewing to be a little safer for him. The auto threader is nice but I could live w/o it if needed. I haven't tried the knee lifter yet. I suppose I should! LOL. As a lover of vintage machines, I do have to admit these new computerized contraptions have a lot going for them! LOL!!
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    This is such an interesting thread, thanks for posting it. I have a stop and start button as well. I use for embroidery but ....please don't laugh....I never ever thought of using it for FMQ. I can hardly wait to try it!

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    Mine does have the foot pedal but I also have the ability to sew/embroider without it. I actually have two that can do this, one with a knee lift and the other by push button. There are times, when I would not be able to sew successfully without the foot pedal, with either machine. It is a great feature but I'm glad to have the foot pedal for when its needed.

    I have the thread cutter on both machines. My one ties off the thread before cutting the thread and yes, I love that feature, alot.
    Judy

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