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Posted on: 1/14/14 3:44 PM
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I picked this tip up fairly recently. I now sew either barefoot or in my socks if the weather is cold. (I still wear clothes, of course, just no shoes.) ;-) I've found that I have better control and a better "feel" for the foot pedal without shoes on. I really didn't believe there would be that much difference until I tried it.

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gernella said... (5/3/15 6:09 AM) Reply
With you on this one, in fact I think many people sew barefoot. I usually start with one shoe off but by the time I've hobbled across the floor a couple of times the other one comes off. Makes me lower at the cutting table as well, which is handy.
Greyer Jane said... (4/14/15 5:46 PM) Reply
I sew barefoot.. I am barefoot most of the time at home, so it is just kind of my natural state... I didn't know that it gave me more traction, until sewing at someone else's house
sewmadd said... (4/2/14 11:49 PM) Reply
I also sew without a shoe on my "pedal" foot. I can't believe how much more control I have...can't remember where I heard this tip but it really works.
cstarks said... (3/7/14 7:37 AM) Reply
We never wear shoes in the house, so it felt very strange to be sewing with shoes when I was test driving machines! Great tip!
8dove8 said... (1/16/14 9:04 PM) Reply
Yes...I am a barefoot sewer too...on my serger and coverstitch machines with stiffer foot pedals...I am barefoot too...but use my heel to press down on the foot pedal...(sort of backwards compared to how i really sew using other machines) it gives me better speed control..
ASiverson said... (1/15/14 11:07 AM) Reply
I too sew barefoot, most of the time! It does allow for better control and I just like being barefoot! See other do also. So I am not alone like I thought!
SandiMacD said... (1/15/14 7:07 AM) Reply
I was raised with and still have a -no shoes inside the house- rule. So have always sewn barefoot or with socks. Love it.
SewLibra said... (1/15/14 0:29 AM) Reply
I have always sewn barefoot in the summer and with socks or slippers in the winter. There is better control and it's easier on a plastic foot pedal. Thanks for posting so others will try it!
SewLibra said... (1/15/14 0:29 AM) Reply
I have always sewn barefoot in the summer and with socks or slippers in the winter. There is better control and it's easier on a plastic foot pedal. Thanks for posting so others will try it!
Annie- oh said... (1/14/14 9:29 PM) Reply
I used to. Heck, who said I had to quit when I grew up? Thanks for the reminder.
HanPanda said... (1/14/14 8:10 PM) Reply
I've always sewn barefoot! I even ocassionally drive barefoot (shhh!) for the same reason. It also keeps me careful to not drop pins on the floor--very important when the sewing room is open to general traffic and Kitty!
 
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