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Thread: SID speed control- machine question

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    I'm looking for any words of wisdom on controlling machine speed while quilting. I have just been doing basic SID with a walking foot but have been branching out and trying to due some simple wavey lines in the borders and such. The problem I am having is keeping the speed really slow. My peddle is just to touchy. I'm using a kenmore. I guess its kinda of a machine question. Is there somthing I can use or due to my machine to help keep it slow.

    I like the feature I have heard of on here that the needle always stops in the down postion. I'd like a machine that dose that. Are there machines that let you set the speed as well???

    Thanks O wise ones.

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    I have a Bernina Aurora 440QE, and it has the needle down position also speed regulator and a BSR (bernina stitch regulator) for FM quilting. I am only just branching into the FM quilting. it is nerve racking, but fun just the same. Hope this helps. :)

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    My Pfaff's have slow speed and the needle up or down, I really like the slow speed as I would rather go slow and steady, rather than fast, my serger goes too fast for me.

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    Have you tried using the foot controller with your bare feet? I have better control with bare feet. Seems I can 'feel' what I'm doing that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldhag
    Have you tried using the foot controller with your bare feet? I have better control with bare feet. Seems I can 'feel' what I'm doing that way.
    I too always have to take my shoe off. When I'm doing a lot of sewing I will turn the pedal around and use my heel and because I get cramps in the arch of my foot easily.

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    I have a Brother 400 and it has speed control,needle up or down,thread cutter,and automatic threader.

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    try putting a piece of foam in the pedal space, then it can only go half speed, or a thicker piece and it will slow down to 25% :wink: :D:D:D

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    I have a Bernina Artista 200e. Do I have BSR and how do I use it?

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    My Brother XR7700 was about $270 new at Walmart and has the needle down choice, use of pedal or push button for sewing and a slider to let you set the maximum speed! It's a great little machine.

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    my viking has speed control, and i think all of the brother's we used at the sewing school had speed control...that's why we started using them they were inexpensive machines ($89-$139) but we could slow them right down for the younger students (and some of the older ones :thumbup: )

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    You can also use a peice of wood at the foot pedel to only let it go down so far. also practice FMQ at slow speed and you will get better!!!!!

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    Many brands have both of those features. Wal*Mart carries many styles of Brother that has these features. I plan to buy the SQ 9000 next time I'm there. It's $200.

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    If you are doing FMQ (free motion quilting) without a foot, just the darning type foot, you need your machine to go fast and your hands to move the fabric slow. If you are trying to do a FMQ type design in the borders using your walking foot I know I can't help. The walking foot always restricted my site of where I wanted to stitch so rarely used it. Then I bought a Pfaff that has the walking foot built in (it is IDT) and that is placed behind the foot and doesn't hinder site of where the needle is going.

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    I just ordered a Brother SQ9000, it has speed control, needle up/down and can drop feed, some simple alphabet embroidery, and many decorative stitches. You can also sew without the foot control with the start/stop button, which from my understanding, is helpful in FMQ. I haven't gotten it yet (waiting on the mail man!!! hurry up!), but as soon as I do, I'm getting a darning foot to start working on fmq.

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