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Thread: Foot Controller Rewiring Tutorial

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    Senior Member grant15clone's Avatar
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    Foot Controller Rewiring Tutorial

    How to rewire a Foot Controller, Step By Step in Pictures. With Text instructions.

    I got lucky and was able to get the back plate off in one piece. This shows how it is wired from the factory. I always take a picture before I start cutting anything. If need be, you can always refer back to it if you have a question on how it was wired originally.

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    These wires were riveted on. Cut the wire about an inch from the end and strip off the insulation.

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    With the insulation off, twist the wires so they are neatly wound together without any stray strands hanging out.

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    Use flux and electrical solder and "Tin" the wires.

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    Trim off the excess length.

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    "Tin" the ends of the new wires that are to be soldered on to the old wires that have already have been "Tinned" and solder them together.

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    This shows the new wires soldered together with the old and back in the fixture. Make sure that you put a knot in the wires so they don't get pulled out.

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    Tuck the wires in and put the cover back on.

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    Tin the ends of the wires that are going to the foot controller itself. Pull the wires into the foot controller and make a safety knot. Bend the newly tinned wires to form a loop. I wrap them around a screwdriver shaft to get a more uniform curve.

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    Connect the ends to the terminals wrapping the wire around in a clockwise direction. This will prevent the wire from slipping off as you tighten the screw.

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    To Be Continued.....
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    Senior Member grant15clone's Avatar
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    Finished! I like to use new extension cords to rewire these. I cut off the female end so I have a nice factory plug end. It is safer, neater, and looks good too.

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    I hope this helps.
    p.s. I am sorry about the font problem at the top.
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    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 03-17-2013 at 03:56 AM. Reason: the original is posted here http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage-antique-machine-enthusiasts-f22/foot-controller-rewiring-tut

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    Super Member Candace's Avatar
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    Thanks for the tute.

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    Super Member J Miller's Avatar
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    I've done a number of those cord blocks too. I do them a bit different, but that's a good easy way.


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    thanks for the great tut
    Nancy in western NY
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    Thanks for the great tut!! I know I will use this one sometime!!

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