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Thread: It holds my pedal in place!

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    It holds my pedal in place!

    I finally found a product that keeps my sewing machine pedal from scooting away. It's made to stick on the dashboard to hold your cellphone. For just $8 I can finally know where that pesky pedal is all day. The only catch is that it won't stick on a carpet. I found mine at the local shipping business, but I bet they're available at office supply stores.

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    Good suggestion..... except I have a carpeted floor in my sewing room. I recently discovered that Command strips work great for that pedal problem. I put the sticky side on the bottom of the pedal, and the nubby, velcro-like side down on the carpet. Haven't had a problem with the pedal slipping away since I put it on....
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    oh i hope this thread gets a load of answers because i have been waiting for it my whole sewing life....

    aileen of the toe grab pedal reposition

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    I have a pedal mat (I think I bought it from Connecting Threads), but it still scooted. So a couple of weeks ago I bought a small bath rug to go under the pedal mat. So far it is working. Feels kinda of weird that my pedal is staying in one place - I have been chasing my pedal for years....lol
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    I have carpet also, and found that a dollar-store silicone trivet works best. Second best is two cheapo dollar-store mouse pads, glued back-to-back, so the grippy sides are out.

    I purchased a Steady Betty foot pedal rest and it is absolutely worthless. My foot pedal scoots across it like it's buttered. So, I put it on top of my ironing tray and press small blocks on it. It works great for THAT purpose!

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    Shoot, i have mine taped to the floor...i would love to find something better..silicone trivets didn't work, but i do use them under my machine to keep it from walking away.

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    My problem is that mine slips forward and under the table's middle rung (I sew at the kitchen table) and when I lift my foot, it KEEPS SEWING!!

    ::skips off to look for cellphone pad::
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    I took 2 mouse pads and glued them right sides together. It holds my foot pedal right where I need it to be.

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    I use the 2" wide industrial velcro tape. The car mat I used worked very well, as the pointy things on the bottom 'dug' into the carpet. But I also needed to have a short wooden foot stool under the table and the one I had was a little long and got in the way of the car mat. So, I put the velcro on the bottom of the pedal and placed the loop section on the carpet. It sticks and never moves! I have pulled the hook and loops apart to vacuum the floor. Then press back together. Already had it on hand for other household projects so was no expense to my sewing and quilting.
    http://www.amazon.com/Velcro-Industr.../dp/B00006RSP1

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    In sewing room I have a rubber backed doormat and pedal still moves. I'm going to try velcro on the bottom of the pedal and see if that stops the creeping. I quilt in dining room, hardwood floor and I use a rubber mat, still moves. I just keep pulling it back to where I need it to be.
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    Here is an idea I read somewhere and it helps but is not the total cure: tie the wire connecting the pedal to machine to the leg of the table closest to where you want your pedal to be.....giving it just enough cord to stay there......like a dog a a short leash...moves a bit but not all over the place. I work on the cement floor of the basement and I think I will try that velcro strip...........nothing to lose, sanity to gain. My old machine (viking) pedal never moved and when I got this "new" thing(babylock) I was frustrated with the scooting around.........and I refuse to purchase some pedal caddy...the mfgr of machine should make their pedals better..........

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    I have carpet in sewing room and took a long piece of duct tape, double folded it so it sticks to the bottom of the pedal & then just place it on the carpet. Works great!

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    I also have carpet in my sewing room. For many years now I have had the self stick hook side of velcro stuck on the bottom of my pedal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    Here is an idea I read somewhere and it helps but is not the total cure: tie the wire connecting the pedal to machine to the leg of the table closest to where you want your pedal to be.....giving it just enough cord to stay there......like a dog a a short leash...moves a bit but not all over the place. I work on the cement floor of the basement and I think I will try that velcro strip...........nothing to lose, sanity to gain. My old machine (viking) pedal never moved and when I got this "new" thing(babylock) I was frustrated with the scooting around.........and I refuse to purchase some pedal caddy...the mfgr of machine should make their pedals better..........
    my fw, my old necchi & now my janome..pedal always moved. i use the woven looking crinkellaly looking shelf liner stuff. under my machine, under the presser foot and under flat tupperware thingy fr a yardsale from sliding on table. i use the tupperware thingy to keep cutters, scissors etc in one spot when not in use. i have twist ties around the cords from table top to floor all neat and together. then wrap all around table leg to keep them neatly together at floor level. i use the din room table for my sewing, small house and the din room leads to every where, so fairly hi traffic area w cord control a must. as long as i am here sharing...i made a "design wall" out of long piece of felt w rolled seam at top for body, nylon rings for hanging the "wall" from picture hanger hook stuck into top of deck door frame (leads fr din rm to deck) so no holes in walls. pocket hem at bottom w dowel fr hardware store to keep it hanging down straight. i don't do many bed quilts since living here...besides...there are only so many beds to cover ). i prefer working w minis or wall hangings.
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    It depends where I sew. But at first I used the machine button and not foot pedal. Now I put that stuff you can buy to put on dashboards to keep still use same stuff for my hands when quilting. I also plac epedal against a solid leg of the coffee table . My other problem. With a foot pedal is .........how do you stop a dog going asleep on the pedal.
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    I use sticky back velcro.

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    I use the rubberized shelf liners that I put my glassware on. I cut a piece about an inch over-sized for my foot pedal and it works beautifully keeping my pedal 'stuck' to my porcelain tiled floor.

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    I use the rubberized shelf liner .works great you can get at the big box store

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    The one I use most doesn't scoot on the carpet, but I saw a suggestion somewhere that nobody has mentioned so far, so I thought I would. If your table is up against a wall, you can lay a board between the pedal and the wall to give the pedal something to push against. It's a matter of finding a board or piece of plywood that is the right width.

    Another one would be to put a few thick lines of silicone bathtub sealer on the bottom of the pedal. Do this when you won't be needing the machine for awhile because it may need a full day to dry. Read the label on the product because they might vary.

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    Velco tape if you have carpet. Works great and you only need the loop part and cheap. Pennies.

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    Great ideas out there! Here's another one. Not only did my pedal keep moving but I needed to have it slightly raised because of my height. A few years ao, DH took an old metal computer printer stand with a slanted angle (higher in the back and lower towards my foot) to it. He placed a nice piece of wood with a short lip across the bottom so the pedal would not slide off. I put a piece of sticky shelf liner to keep the pedal from going sideways. It's been a Godsend and I have taken it to a couple of quilt retreats.

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    I bought some of that rubbery shelf liner that comes in rolls. I didn't like it for my kitchen shelves because the dishes wouldn't slide in and out but it works very well for my foot pedal. I have vinyl planking floors.
    Pat

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    Get-A-Grip Pads

    http://www.martellicatalog.com/mm5/m...egory_Code=GAG

    I have one of these and love it... and wished I had another for the other machine!! (duh...need to put that on my Christmas list) I no longer have the creeping pedal that scoots under the edge of the table and keeps sewing after I move my foot.

    If you live near Pensocola, Florida, go to their retail store at:
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    Sometimes you can get the same thing cheaper when you buy at the retail store.

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    I'm using a leftover piece of area rug pad on my hardwood floor. It's the open waffle looking kind and is a bit more thick than the shelf lining type. BTW the shelf lining type wasn't gripping enough to hold the pedal after repeative use.
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    I just use the button to sew. Gave up on the traveling foot pedal, however there are some new suggestions that I may try.

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