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Thread: Foot pedal or no foot pedal?

  1. #51
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knitette View Post
    I find FMQ much easier on my Janome with its Start/Stop button that I can pre-set the speed on, rather than my Pfaff QE4 which is pedal only. The thread I've saved with the auto thread cutter has about paid for the machine, lol.

    For appliqué, I prefer the Pfaff with the auto-pivot. This lifts the presser foot automatically, with needle down, when you stop sewing and automatically puts it down when you start sewing again, doing away with the need for a knee lift.

    Now I need to find a machine that does it all!
    That is why I love my machine. The auto thread cutter, the stop/start button, it doesn't have a pressor foot lever because it does it all on its own, when I have the needle down engaged it auto-pivots. I don't have the knee lifter but if you tap the foot pedal when you have it to auto start it'll stop it. Viking makes their machines so that all you have to do is hit the pressor foot or the start/stop button and it takes off. No putting the pressor foot down, or pulling the thread up thru the bottom and I can either hit the fix button to tie the thread off or when I hit the auto thread cutter it ties the thread before cutting. I took a class using the latest Brother last yr and it was a great machine but I hated that I had to go thru a couple of steps before it would sew. Almost each time I got ready to start, it would beep at me because I missed a step. Other than that the machine did a good job but that was a big deal with me.

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    I love the knee lifter when I applique.. I turn in the 'needle down' feature, and use the knee lifter to lift the presser foot while I rotate the fabric.. works like a charm.. I also love the thread cutter.. oh my yes!! I also use the feature to sew without using the foot pedal when I'm making covered cord baskets or mats.. after I get it started the more traditional way, and get to the part where there is smooth gentle curves, I just push the button and let the machine sew along while I line up the cord next to the sewn piece.. If I step on the machine pedal it shuts off the auto sew... It makes sewing something like that very nice and relaxing.. You just guide until you want to stop and touch the pedal to stop.. nice... You'll love that for some applications. . also for embroidery.
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    Just bought a Janome 6600p. I am getting used to using the stop and go button and no foot pedal. I also love the thread cutter and never tried the knee lift yet.

  4. #54
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjradj View Post
    I have the Janome Horizon 7700 and love it. Yes I love the thread cutter and really miss it when I use my backup machine for classes. I also love the knee lifter. As for not using the foot pedal, I like using the pedal when in sit down at the table mode. I use my machine on a frame too, and then I have a Grace speed controller - button push with dial speed. Couldn't imagine having to kick a foot pedal across the floor then!
    I also have a Janome Horizon 7700 & love it. What kind of a frame do you use. Have heard of this before .
    Think this would be terrific.

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    We just got a new Brother NX-450q and we love it.

    First off the auto thread cutter is AMAZING!!!! I could never go back. We have 2 machines now and if my wife is on the good one id rather wait then use the old one.

    As for the foot pedal, i used the button rather then the pedal for about a hour before i went back to the foot pedal.
    I just feel i have so much more control over speed and starting and stopping. I do not think ill ever use the button again.

    And ass Mimmy said the knee lift is just as useless for me.

    Hope that helps.

    All the best


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    Haven't read all posts but I have just recently 'discovered' how to sew with the push button on my Brother. Took a while to get used to it but BOY OH BOY is it ever convenient to use. I have back problems and I started using it while sitting in my recliner. If you have this feature on your machine & don't use it - give it a try. I think you will like it. I really hate fumbling for my foot pedal.

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    Super Member DonnaC's Avatar
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    I like to free-motion quilt using the start/stop button and not the foot pedal. I just find it easier to not have to coordinate my hands and feet together... concentrating on the hands only, moving the fabric, does help. I turn the machine down to half-speed when I do that.

    I've never been able to get the hang of the knee lifter... maybe because I'm so short. It feels like I have to strain and contort myself to use it!

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