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Thread: which hand and which foot?

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    Here is a curious question..... do right handed people use their right foot on the sewing machine peddle and do left handed people use their left? Just curious here. I am looking at having my right knee replaced and am playing around with using my left foot on the peddle and was wondering if using the left foot was a natural to some of you.

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    I am right handed, but I use either foot on my pedal. Both are comfortable for me.

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    I normally use my right foot (I'm right handed), but I did have to use my left for about a week when I cut my foot. It felt very weird :-D :-D

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    I'm left handed and have always used my right foot. I think because I started sewing on a machine that had a knee control on the right side so just learned to adapt. You know, don't you, that since the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body that only left handed people are in their right mind! =)

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    I'm right handed and just naturally use my right foot...I'm going to try the left later just to see for myself if I can. You made me curious :-D

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    yes suzee, my brother has told me that all my life! he is also amadexerous (close on the spelling?)and switches in the middle of a letter. He had started out left handed in school and the grade school teacher said it was wrong and used to whack him across the nuckles with a ruler to make him write with his right hand. (this was in the early 50's.) she didn't do that anymore after dad went up there and set her straight.

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    Left handed, use right foot for your survey, not sure that I can switch, have never tried it.

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    I have a bunch of nerve damage in my left leg and foot. I can not drive a stick because I don't have enough downward pressure to push a clutch, which also means I don't have enough pressure to push a machine pedal! But I am right handed so I think it would be natural for me to use my right foot even if my left leg was normal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by toomanycats
    Here is a curious question..... do right handed people use their right foot on the sewing machine peddle and do left handed people use their left? Just curious here. I am looking at having my right knee replaced and am playing around with using my left foot on the peddle and was wondering if using the left foot was a natural to some of you.
    I'm a right hander but use my left foot. I was told by a quilt teacher that it was better for my back, sure was. Now it's just natural instinct. I've been doing it for about 7 years now.
    It did feel strange at first but now I don't even notice.

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    I am left handed but use my right foot. it's like driving a car for me, the left foot stays out of the way unless there is a clutch for shifting. :-)

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    I am right handed and usually use my right foot, but when I injured my right ankle I used my left with no problem.

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    I am left handed and mostly use my right foot. Because of severe arthritis in it though, I have learned to use my left foot occasionally. Can't let a little arthritis stop the sewing machine!

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    I'm left-handed and left dominant, but I use my right foot on the sewing machine. I think because it's similar to using the gas pedal in a car (which is also on the right side).

    I use right-handed scissors also. (mostly because in school those were the only kind that would cut paper; the left-handed scissors sucked.)

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    Right and right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    I'm left-handed and left dominant, but I use my right foot on the sewing machine. I think because it's similar to using the gas pedal in a car (which is also on the right side).

    I use right-handed scissors also. (mostly because in school those were the only kind that would cut paper; the left-handed scissors sucked.)
    I agree - right for the sewing pedal and the scissors. For a rotary cutter I use my left hand. I can't imagine sewing with my left foot. Since I've never driven a stick shift, I have no "pedal skills" for my left foot.

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    Here's hoping you a speedy recovery from knee surgery.

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    I'm right handed (sorta, right seems dominant but I can use either side equally well for anything) but, I use my left to drive the pedal. I may be the odd one out lol

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    I use both hands for sewing, cutting, etc and both feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Furza Flyin
    I use both hands for sewing, cutting, etc and both feet.
    whew! glad I'm not alone :)

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    Right hand, right foot.

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    Right handed, use right foot, but will try the left just to see how it goes. I have wondered why they didn't offer mirror image sewing machines for lefties, but it's possible my left hand is as busy as the right while sewing. I got a taste of the lefty's world one time when I bought a pair of scissors at a garage sale and didn't realize they were for left-handed until I tried to use them.

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    Right and Right

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    To me it's like driving the car - use your right foot. I also find that my speed is directly related to my skill - kind of like driving a car too.

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    Funny, I was just wondering this same thing the other day! I am left handed (although I play golf right handed; no idea why) and I am definitely left footed!

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    CJMomma, I like that analogy. I'm the same as you on the use of hand/foot.
    quote=cjomomma]I am left handed but use my right foot. it's like driving a car for me, the left foot stays out of the way unless there is a clutch for shifting. :-)[/quote]

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