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Thread: Start/stop button on sewing machines

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    Super Member marilynr's Avatar
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    How many of you use the Start/Stop button on your machine instead
    of the foot pedal. I have not yet been able to get used to it.
    Marilyn

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    Me too. Just never got used to the darn thing. maybe oneday

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    I use it. Love it, I could not go back to a peddle.Try it for 3 days and you will like it.

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    I have one, but don't use it. I play a lot of piano so I'm more comfortable using my foot and a pedal than some.

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    I haven't used it but I was thinking it was for the embroidery function...

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    I don't think I have one. I have a Bernina 440, I wish I did though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladyjanedoe
    I have one, but don't use it. I play a lot of piano so I'm more comfortable using my foot and a pedal than some.
    Yep, me too.

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    i just used mine for sewing long strips together was better than chasing the foot

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    It's great for long strips but not so much for short seams.

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    I use mine when doing embroidery or buttonholes or other functions that are automatic. I feel I have less control than with my pedal control.

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    I've tried using mine for FMQ and couldn't get used to it. I wear bifocals and by the time I found it, it was too late. I do have trouble with the knee I use for my foot pedal so some day I will have to get used to it. Some day hasn't arrived yet.

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    It took me a bit but now I'm used to the start/stop button & really like it. Mind you, I can't manage it with free motion so I go back to the pedal. I love having the choice!
    Maureen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisygirl
    I don't think I have one. I have a Bernina 440, I wish I did though
    You have one......disconnect foot pedal to use!



    I love it....never use a pedal!

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    i remember that i used to use it on my mom's, but that was ever so many years ago. i love having immediate control with the pedal. i can't even find the right button to open the elevator doors when someone's running, so how can i find the button on my machine on time? lol

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    I only use it for the embroidery.

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    It's all I use. I love it. I feel like I have more control over the speed. It's a consistent speed. Now I can't use the pedal at all. Plus, I'm short, so it's more comfortable that trying to find the foot pedal and chasing it around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovestosew
    I only use it for the embroidery.
    same here

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    I have a Babylock Ellegante 2 which is also an embroidery machine. I only use the start stop when embroidering. When I sew I like to have control of the speed and my hands are busy with the fabric. I can't think to reach up and push the stop button. Just let off the foot feed. LOL

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    I use mine for embroidery but am much more comfortable keeping both hands on my quilting and my foot on the pedal.

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    I have both...I use it for certain things i.e. Pictograms that I have programed for certain designs...I hit start and the design I programed is designed to stop at a certain pt.
    Also when I do Faux FM using the puzzle stitch in my machine. I hit start just guide the fabric to the end and then hit stop...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine27
    Quote Originally Posted by Ladyjanedoe
    I have one, but don't use it. I play a lot of piano so I'm more comfortable using my foot and a pedal than some.
    Yep, me too.
    Me too! Hands and feet go together. :-P

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    I haven't tried it. It scares me with all the pins and such that go with quilting. I don't know that I'd hit the button quick enough to stop.

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    I use my Start/Stop button all the time now. I had to get used to it. My knee bothered me when using the foot pedal so I tried the start/stop button & haven't quit.
    In fact, my foot pedal is put away in the drawer!

    Give it a try!!
    Chris

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    It is handy at times.

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    I'm learning to use it and I like it but I have the speed down to the second slowest so I can get prepared to hit the button to stop. Using the foot pedal never bothered me much, though, especially when I can tell my machine how fast to go.

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