Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 5 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 105

Thread: dimmer switches.. who knew

  1. #1
    Super Member colleen53's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    california QUEEN BOW TUCKER
    Posts
    1,693
    http://www.altex.com/AC-Plug-In-Dimm...4-P146488.aspx

    ok ladies and gents.. I have a hard time controlling my speed on my old machines with no speed control.. I find that when I fmq the speed just gets away from me.. My dh bought one of these dimmers locally and plugged it into my singer and what a blessing it is ! I can now safely fmq without my foot running away with the foot controlled speed.
    The picture is taken next to a krups cup for coffee makers to show you the size of it...(don't ask,,dh thought it was a good comparison)..
    Attached Images Attached Images

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Long Island, New York
    Posts
    996
    great idea!

  3. #3
    Senior Member scrapngmom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Fallbrook
    Posts
    595
    Sweet

  4. #4
    Senior Member janell2009's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    South Dakota
    Posts
    419
    awesome... give that hubby a kiss ..

  5. #5
    Power Poster Jingle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Outside St. Louis
    Posts
    28,394
    How would that work? I don't understand.

  6. #6
    Super Member colleen53's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    california QUEEN BOW TUCKER
    Posts
    1,693
    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle
    How would that work? I don't understand.
    It regulates the voltage going thru the pedal to the motor. Just like a dimmer switch for your lights in the home. Your machine plugs into the dimmer switch,,the dimmer switch plugs into the wall. therefore it regulates the voltage going thru the cord to your pedal only allowing enough speed set on the dimmer switch.

  7. #7
    Senior Member PABerard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    770
    Well aren't you the clever one! How helpful ~ thank you

  8. #8
    Super Member colleen53's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    california QUEEN BOW TUCKER
    Posts
    1,693
    I actually plugged it into an extension cord so that it could be on the table next to me for adjustment.. you have to set your speed and then when you use it for fmq or piecing or whatever.. you need to push the floor pedal all the way down to get your adjusted speed.
    the speed was adjusted with no thread involved. so it didn't bind or get caught up while "playing".

  9. #9
    Senior Member Rntraveler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Huntsville, AL
    Posts
    834
    Neat idea....

  10. #10
    Super Member KatFish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    2,081
    Blog Entries
    8
    Great idea!! I'll have to try that. I have the same problem with some of my old Singers.

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    325
    That's one clever dh.
    rita

  12. #12
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Merced, CA
    Posts
    4,230
    Blog Entries
    1
    That is a totally original idea, it should be brought to...oh, it HAS been brought to all our attention!!!

  13. #13
    Senior Member fixfido's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    michigan
    Posts
    874
    OMG!!! I am SO happy you posted this!!

  14. #14
    Super Member virtualbernie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    3,588
    Blog Entries
    3
    I didn't know you could plug in a dimmer switch--I thought they were all hardwired into the wall.

  15. #15
    Senior Member klarina's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    California
    Posts
    888
    you are lucky your hubby is so smart.

  16. #16
    Power Poster blueangel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    20,481
    Good idea

  17. #17
    Super Member bluteddi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    3,141
    U can "hardwire" anything with a plug..

    Great idea...

    I, luckily, have a control on my Brother machine that will regulate it.. push button on... push puttton off ( I also have an optional foot... but honestly I"m so spoiled now to the button)

  18. #18
    Super Member crafty_linda_b's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Where the deer & antilope play and the eagles soar
    Posts
    1,573
    Neat trick...your DH is a good man..you better keep him around..crafty_linda_b

  19. #19
    Member reginasoup's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    New Port Richey, Fl.
    Posts
    20
    Would that act like a stitch regulator?? Mine is having issues???

  20. #20
    Super Member colleen53's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    california QUEEN BOW TUCKER
    Posts
    1,693
    Quote Originally Posted by reginasoup
    Would that act like a stitch regulator?? Mine is having issues???
    it just regulates the speed.

  21. #21
    Senior Member margie77072's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    933
    How cool is that? Give that man a Kiss!!

  22. #22
    Super Member RenaB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    1,155
    What a great idea!

  23. #23
    Senior Member janethagy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    636
    Blog Entries
    1
    What a neat ideal!! Im going to try this.. Thanks for the information..
    This board is great, isnt it?? :)

  24. #24
    Senior Member kat13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    tx
    Posts
    655
    And he brought the coffee!!! What a guy!

  25. #25
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    13,135
    You husband is very creative and smart! What an awesome idea!

Page 1 of 5 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.