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    Sewing machine foot pedal query

    Good Afternoon,

    Can anyone advise if the foot pedals that come with sewing machines are a standard thing or is it a case of you get what you pay for?

    My machine is a Toyota RS2000 and this is a lower range machine aimed at the beginner/infrequent sewer. The problem I have is the pedal is a two speed affair - stop or go like the clappers!

    I'm not experienced enough to be able to whizz stuff through and frequently get in a mess as the fabric goes through too quickly. Can I get a new pedal that will be more sensitive or do I simply have to live with it and learn how to handle it?

    Many thanks
    Tamzyn x

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    I'm guessing that for the basic machines, the feet are generic, but the machine end of the cords are of course machine specific...but this is not something I'd mess with myself. Check with a local repair show or even an on-line source - to make sure before you try another one. It may simply be that you could spray the foot hinge with liquid graphite to help it move more smoothly.
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    I'm assuming your machine does not have variable speeds? This may seem like a dumb question, but still worth asking.

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    Unless your machine has variable speed control (a knob or lever on the machine itself)you will have to learn to control the pressure of your foot on the pedal--just like a novice driver and a fast car. Every time I have to use my back-up machine, I have to relearn speed control and
    Never argue with an idiot. They'll drag you down the their level and beat you with experience.

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    No variable speeds
    sometimes I can get the pedal just right and its a nice slow speed but most of the time I am scrambling to keep up

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    It may be that the foot pedal just needs a good cleaning/lubricating....if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself, take it to a repair shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerK View Post
    Unless your machine has variable speed control (a knob or lever on the machine itself)you will have to learn to control the pressure of your foot on the pedal--just like a novice driver and a fast car. Every time I have to use my back-up machine, I have to relearn speed control and
    Ahh, understood!
    The machine I have is a basic model, so if I can prove to my husband that I "need" a better one I know what to have on the wish list now

    Thankyou x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamzyn View Post
    No variable speeds
    sometimes I can get the pedal just right and its a nice slow speed but most of the time I am scrambling to keep up
    Its your foot, some sew bare foot it helps them gauge by feel, gradually push down.

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    This is how I sew also.

    I just can't stand not feeling like I can control the speed of my machines.


    Get some UGLY scrap (medium/large size) and draw some straight, zigzag,
    and wavy lines on the fabric and practice foot pedal control. This is what I am
    going to do when I start working with teaching my daughter how to sew with
    in the next few weeks (she is 31 and FINALLY wanting to learn to sew & quit).

    Good luck and hope you find the "happy" foot control speed.



    Quote Originally Posted by OKLAHOMA PEACH View Post
    Its your foot, some sew bare foot it helps them gauge by feel, gradually push down.
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    I put a little block of wood under the part you put your foot on, so it only goes down so far. Really slowed down the speed. The machine I use most has a knee control, which I really like, so it's hard to "get used" to the foot control when I need to use that machine. Maybe this would work for you.

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    Try contacting the manufacturer or the sewing store where you bought your machine. They should be able to help you. There may be an adjustment you are unaware of that will solve your problem.

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    I Googled a question about speed control of sewing machine pedals and up popped the QuiltingBoard. And then, I had forgotten my login/corresponding PW.
    I am responding to a three year old thread so this may never be read, but one can try.
    I noted one person suggested using a graphite spray on the spring underneath my foot pedal and I'll try that before complaining any more. I would like to add that it is NOT necessarily your foot, but may be brand-specific. I've tried with bare feet and then Speedo swim shoes without any improvement. I do a great deal of FMQ on my Husqvarna 870 Quilt. Sometimes, I can find just the right speed to keep stitches even. I have tried setting my machine to slower speeds (there are 5 of them) but too often, cannot maintain that nice, even speed (or find it again after stopping to re-position my hands). I also have a BabyLockQCP and must say I have significantly more control over that foot pedal compared to the Husqvarna - but the provided darning foot hops (very annoying noise to me) and has clear plastic in an oval ring=poor visibility.
    I inherited my mother's Bernina 1030 and, once again, that foot pedal is EASY to control. Just like different makes of automobiles, foot pedals all respond differently. I hate feet that 'hop' and so am drawn to the Husqvarna because it has a 'floating' foot option. The 25 year old (or so) Bernina is the quietest, smoothest machine I own and makes the most beautiful straight stitches of all, but the throat space just doesn't accommodate the bed-sized quilts I make for loved ones. I love piecing with the Bernina and attaching bindings. If there were a way to change the connector on either the Bernina pedal or the Babylock pedal so it would fit my HV, it would be a match made in heaven for my FMQ. Any mechanics/wiring gurus out there? There has to be a way. Thanks to anyone who has an idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OKLAHOMA PEACH View Post
    Its your foot, some sew bare foot it helps them gauge by feel, gradually push down.
    I do that. I most always sew (and drive the car!) without shoes on. I think it gives me better feel. I learned to sew on a 301a and still sew on that machine. I do sew quite fast (as was pointed out to me at the class I took ) I can sew more slowly on the 301a when I need to. Its a bit hard to get the hang of but it can be done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamzyn View Post
    No variable speeds most of the time I am scrambling to keep up
    That is the time to take your foot off the control and start over. In teaching 4-H kids to sew, there is usually a very large eraser duct-taped under the part you press down with your foot. This helps keep them from going out of control with pedal to the metal. Someone else suggested lubricating the spring, which I sometimes have to do when there is a very large spring that looks similar to the ones on wooden clothespin. Where that spring makes many loops or coils, I smear a bit of vaseline on the coiled part and squeeze the pedal down and up a number of times. Of course, do this with the machine unplugged until you are prepared to sew.

    Don't give up on this machine. Toyota sewing machines were built to be work horses. Learn to handle it and keep it when you get a second machine. A backup machine is always a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elnan View Post
    A backup machine is always a good idea.
    Two or three backup machines is an even better idea!
    Patrice S

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    Humbird, thanks for the suggestion. I bounce among machines and sometimes the pedal issue bites me. Your idea will keep me out of trouble until my "foot" memory for a particular machine comes back. I've been at this for 60 years and you'd all get a good laugh with me at the treadle when the electricity is off. Now that takes real foot memory. Two feet worth!

    Just got a message. My post is too short. Oh my! And I always feel as though I owe everyone an apology for too long a post. Hope this posts now.


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    This has been my complaint for a long, long time. I think the cheaper machines are less sensitive than the better machines. By saying this, I mean on my Janome 7700 the machine responds whenever the foot petal is pressed. On the cheaper machines you have to press several taps or press harder resulting in a runaway machine. I hope I explained myself so my complaint--problem--is clear.
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    I recommend sewing barefoot as well, I feel like I get much "feel" with my foot pedal barefoot. I actually hate shoes and socks

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    I bought a generic foot control pedal to use on an old brother that my FIL had. Someone had attached a foot pedal to the cabinet to be used as a knee control. What a pain in the rear! It was too hard to push there, and had no adjustability. The generic foot control I got off Amazon worked just fine, variable speed. It was only about 12 bucks, I think.

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