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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Bernina 350 question re. foot control upgrade ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Bernina 350 question re. foot control upgrade
Will speed control work with the nicer pedal? Is that one better regardless?
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Date: 1/15/13 4:33 AM

I like the consistency of the speed control but want to be able to use the pedal (foot control) with it. I know that doesn't work (just with the on/off button for sewing without the pedal), but I'm wondering if it WOULD work if I were to buy the fancier pedal - the one that allows you to raise the needle with a tap. Anyone know?

Also, what do you like about the nicer pedal and can you give me a couple of scenarios to help me understand why it would be so much more helpful than just using the basic one the 350 came with? If you think it's worth getting it, where would you recommend I get it/best price?

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Date: 1/15/13 8:56 AM

I bought the upgraded foot pedal for my 380 which I just sold. My dealer ordered it for me at a cost of $99. The only difference in this foot pedal is that it allows you to raise/lower the needle with the tap of your heel on the pedal. I just bought a used Activa 230PE and I don't think I'm going to add the upgraded pedal this time.

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Date: 1/15/13 8:58 AM

I don't know if it works better with the speed slider. My Activa 240 doesn't have the slider. My 440 and 630 do, so even if I "floor it", it only goes as fast as I have the slider set.

I have never even used the pedal that came with my Activa 240, because the heel tap needle control is a "must-have" for me. I always borrow the pedal from my 440 or 630, which is larger and more substantial also.

The best price from a dealer I've heard was $99- but dealers in my area charge more.

I know that's not a complete answer, surely someone with a 3 series will respond soon.

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Date: 1/15/13 9:58 AM

Well, besides the ability to raise and lower the needle with just a heel down push you do gain the ability to approach a seam, say a collar notch that you are top stitching one stitch at a time. Actually one half stitch at a time just with this rocking motion of the foot pedal. I feel crippled with out this pedal and when I use a machine without it I feel like I am missing an important tool!
Leslie

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Date: 1/15/13 9:58 AM

Forgot to say that yes the speed control works with it.
Leslie

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Date: 1/15/13 11:57 AM

If I'm reading this right, i.e. your reference to "consistency" of the speed control - is it constant unchanging speed you're looking for? If so that can only be obtained using the push button start/stop. Very handy for long long lengths or free motion for keeping stitch speed constant!

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Date: 1/15/13 1:01 PM

I have the 350PE and the upgrade foot pedal for needle up/down. The sliding bar speed control does not function with either foot pedal.

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Date: 1/15/13 6:13 PM

Sorry I do not have a 350, I have a 230, but I just sold my 440 and the speed slider did work with the foot control. I never used the start stop button on that machine either. I still think the fancier foot pedal is to be desired for all the other things it does. You may still prefer the consistency of the speed control!
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Date: 1/15/13 6:44 PM

Quote: ilesliemy
Well, besides the ability to raise and lower the needle with just a heel down push you do gain the ability to approach a seam, say a collar notch that you are top stitching one stitch at a time. Actually one half stitch at a time just with this rocking motion of the foot pedal. I feel crippled with out this pedal and when I use a machine without it I feel like I am missing an important tool!

Leslie

Just like a treadle? That does sound interesting,

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Date: 1/16/13 10:43 AM

I never thought of it that way but yes, it is a firm rocking motion with your foot centered on the foot (yes your heel and toes hang off) and it it this foot pedal that has kept me firmly in the Bernina family. I almost never take my hands or eyes off of my project between the knee lever and the foot pedal.
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