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Thread: Foot pedal or no foot pedal?

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    Foot pedal or no foot pedal?

    I just upgraded my machine. From a Brother Project Runway CE5000PWR to the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960. Clearly this is a plastic starter machine to a metal mid range machine. I was worried about upgrading to such an expensive machine - but when it went on sale last week at Amazon for $250.00 I had to get it. I have been looking at it for over a month and was planning on maybe getting it in June for my birthday.

    Anyway - there are a couple things I LOVE about this machine. First of all the best thing is the auto thread cutter. This is an amazing feature. Add that to the extension table and I was sold. We went to Joanns to just see if possibley they had one there to try. Again - I was amazed to see it in action. They actually do 2 classes there for this machine and before the big sale on Amazon the one at Joanns was still quite a bit more.

    The feature I didn't know I would like as much as I do is the ability to sew without the foot pedal.

    All in all this is an amazing machine. If you see this baby on sale - snatch it up. Even for the experienced quilters with the big fancy machines this would be a great back up. The lady at Joanns said this is the highest level of the machines they have before you get into the ones that are in the thousands.

    Does anyone else use a machine without the foot pedal? What do you thing about it? And do you have an auto thread cutter? If you do - do you think you could ever go back? I don't think I could!!!

    I am in LOVE!!!!

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    I`ve had a janome 11000 for 3 yrs and just tried it.Don`t like it.I don`t think I could get use to it.Also has a knee lifter never use. I don`t see how you can hold your thread and put down the pressure lever. I guess if I used the knee lifter.Have a fiend only sews this way.
    Guess its what ever you get use to.
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    I have a Brother PC 420.. it has a auto thread cutter, also knee lifter and also can sew without the pedal......... ..... I can not get used to the knee lifter (so don't use it) ... and I am so used to sewing with the pedal I can not make myself sew without it..lol (maybe I would love it if I got used to it) ... and as far as thread cutter.. I used it at first, but I am afraid it will tear up the machine ..lol.. so I hardly use it! .. Sorry I am not help!!!!!!

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    How does it work without the foot pedal? Do you use a knee pedal instead? That I'm familiar with, and I think it's easier to control.

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    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!
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    I have the knee lift that I don't use. I have the start/ stop button but I use my foot pedal. I have automatic knot which I haven't even tried. I've had the machine for 2 years....I really should try it.

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    I have the capability to sew with no foot pedal but rarely do it, it just "feels" strange, I love my auto cutters, I love having the big throat. I also have the knee lift but have only "tried" it out.

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    I have the same machine and I love it!! Do not use the foot pedal....takes a little bit to get coordinated!! To push the stop button on time, but I love it!! My foot can get to jumping around and then the speed control goes out the window!!!
    I kinda got use to 'sewing without a pedal' when I got my first embroidery machine and have not even used the foot pedal on my 9960 or my L500!!!
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    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.

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    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!

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    I got a new machine last week with the start stop button. Dont know if I will ever use the foot pedal again. I was really struggling with learning to FMQ and just didnt have any control of speed when using the foot pedal. Now I am quilting my second quilt in just a few days. Really helps me get in the rythem and am able to put all of my concentration on where I am going. Funny to see this thread cause I was going to start one to see if anyone else had the same thinking. LOL

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    I love sewing with the start button instead of the foot pedal and the auto-cutter and threader - wonderful inventions!

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    Ihave a Janome and use it all the time without the foot pedal. I have gotten so used to it it now seems funny to use the foot pedal. I guess it is what you get used to.

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    I have a Bernina 820 and the Juki F600, both have start/stop buttons and the knee lift. With the Bernina, I tend to use the foot pedal more, but will find myself using the start/stop button if I need to do something quick. The Juki is my traveling machine. In class, I do use the foot pedal, but when I was house and dogsitting (for a week) a while ago, the only place I can sew was on a kitchen island. It was too tall for sitting and using the foot pedal, so I used the start/stop button. I pieced a whole quilt top doing that and it was fine. I've never used the knee lift with either machines though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grma33 View Post
    I`ve had a janome 11000 for 3 yrs and just tried it.Don`t like it.I don`t think I could get use to it.Also has a knee lifter never use. I don`t see how you can hold your thread and put down the pressure lever. I guess if I used the knee lifter.Have a fiend only sews this way.
    Guess its what ever you get use to.
    Gale
    I have this machine as well. Love the knee lifter..but does not work on the sewing table I have so I don't use it. I also always use the foot pedal.

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    I have a Brother with the Start/Stop. Didn't think I'd like it. But one day I went to a friends to sew and forgot the foot pedal. I sorta liked it. Since it's my "travel" machine and my others don't have this feature, it's sorta hard to get comfortable. Love the knee lift-use 2 hands to put the fabric under the foot. Love/love/love the thread cutter.

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    I have the ability to use either. Very useful when you forget( must put in bag after this) to take to class with you. Sometimes it is much easier to select a speed on the machine and use stop start button. Without the foot pedal this speed control is your only control, free motion useful. Knee lift used but never felt need for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mimmy96 View Post
    I have a Brother PC 420.. it has a auto thread cutter, also knee lifter and also can sew without the pedal......... ..... I can not get used to the knee lifter (so don't use it) ... and I am so used to sewing with the pedal I can not make myself sew without it..lol (maybe I would love it if I got used to it) ... and as far as thread cutter.. I used it at first, but I am afraid it will tear up the machine ..lol.. so I hardly use it! .. Sorry I am not help!!!!!!
    have this machine and absolutely love it! also couldn't get used to the knee lifter - too many years sewing with a pedal. do use the thread cutter occasionally.

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    I do not use the start-stop button, only the foot pedal on my Janome 10,001 but I love the knee lifter. I use it when appliqueing by machine. I can use my hands to move the fabric an hold it in place while the knee lifter raises my presser foot.

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    I use the start/stop button on my machine when working with decorative stitches, it helps me not have to focus on maintaining constant speed when I am using those fancy stitches that move the fabric right/left/front/back
    I also use it when doing circular sewing with the circle attachment set speed slow, load fabric, get everything set up, Turn on, then fold fat quarters while it sews a circle

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    A lot of times when I'm FMQ'ing I don't use the foot pedal. The speed stays consistent and then all I have to concentrate on is moving my fabric. Apparently I do better when only trying to accomplish one thing at a time!

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    I think it will really help me get into free motion. Until now I just SID. Which I have a special foot for by the way..who knew??!!

    I would love a knee lift. Maybe next time!!

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    I have a Janome 6600P and I love the knee lift for the pressure foot and use it all the time. I have used the thread cutter but I'm having problems with it jamming at times, so I don't use it too much. It has a start and stop button, but I always use the foot pedal. I'm going to have to try it while FMQ as michelleoc does - never thought to do that.

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    I recently got to test drive the Janome Horizon, and loved it. I didn't like the knee lift--I kept hitting my elbow (funny bone) on it. I am just the right height to hit my funny bone on everything. I seem to hit door knobs the most. I guess that is just my cross to bear. lol After hitting it a couple of times, I took it off. Loved, loved the machine--maybe next time, when I have more money to spend.
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    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!
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