Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tidbit Tuesday #10

You all thought I forgot about tidbit Tuesday, didn't you? ;) 

Nope. Just busy running around to my kids baseball/softball games that happen to be playing at the same time. I'm telling ya, I need a cloning device. Ha!

Ok, so today's tip is pretty simple but useful. 

How many of you, when you're at your sewing machine, find yourself chasing your machines pedal all over? You're sewing along with your knee nicely bent and comfy, and then the next thing you know, you're reclined in your chair just to reach it?

I found myself moving my pedal more than I cared to. I'm still trying to figure out why no one has figured out to make these so they don't slip. 

So....here's what you do. One of two things actually. 

1. Get yourself some of that rubbery shelf liner stuff.  Not the plastic-y kind that is slippery, but the kind that has that "stick" to it. You know you have the right stuff when you put it against the floor and it "sticks". Cut a piece of that that is just bigger than your pedal and there you go. No more chasing your sewing pedal all over. :)

2. Another thing I've heard is that you can use an old mouse pad. If you use this though, you will need to peel off the top of it so it is "sticky" on both sides, otherwise the pedal will just slip off of the mouse pad. I have not tried this, but I've heard it works.

There. Now we can all happily sew along instead of cursing yelling quietly at our machine's pedal. ;)

If you have tips to share, I'd love to hear about them! 

Much Love!!!


  1. I don't use my foot pedal at all. My little Janome Magnolia 7330 has a start stop button and I love it. P.S. I like how your sidebars look now.

  2. Hiya! I love the idea of the sticky stuff under the pedal...must try that!
    I have some of that *under* my machine; makes things easier when I'm furiously free-motion quilting! :)
    I like your blog makeover too!

  3. Now that is a great idea...I've been sewing for so many years and have just put up with the moving pedal...no more!

  4. The best tip so far! I have been meaning to get one of those and just havent done it yet! So annoying, glad Im not the only one it annoys lol

  5. Great tip! It really is so annoying when the pedal runs away :-)


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