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Date: 4/3/13 7:09 AM

Are there any sewing machines that don't use a foot pedal?
These days the joy of sewing is somewhat lessened by the pain from my right knee. My knee hurts for days after I've done some sewing.
And don't say just switch feet! Because I already do that.!!

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Date: 4/3/13 7:13 AM

My Brother has a start/stop sewing button as an alternative to the foot petal. I've also see one with a knee lever/press to sew. Could you mount the foot petal to the right of your right knee where you could press it with your knee? Might take some practice, but the machine I learned to sew on, umm, 50 years ago had one.

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Date: 4/3/13 7:13 AM

Oh I hear ya! I have my right leg/foot in cast & switching feet did not help either.
You want a machine with start/stop button??? There are so many out there now that are computerized. Were you wanting a mechanical ?
The Kenmore 16321 has start/stop button & it is mechanical. A very good sewer too. ... My problem is I have to keep my foot up & need something small enough I can maneuver on my own. I do not have a solution for that yet. ....
Have you tried using your hand for foot control? I am doing that a little at the moment & it is not quite the same especially for curves but it can be done.
Please post what you find ....Best Wishes I hope you feel better soon...

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Date: 4/3/13 8:30 AM

Baby Lock Tempo has a start/stop button. I only use it when I'm winding the bobbins(because there is no other way to wind the bobbin ) .

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Date: 4/3/13 10:30 AM

I'm not sure what you're using now, but it seems like most computerized machines have a start/stop button. Right now I have a viking Designer 1 floppy, SE, Topaz 30, and Tribute 140c, and they all have a stop/start button. I believe my Pfaff Ambition 1.5 (which I sold) had one too.

I'm not sure if there are any/many mechanicals out there with this feature. Good luck!

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Date: 4/3/13 10:56 AM

There was a plug in controller that I tried at the Bernina dealer when I purchased my machine three years ago. I had knee problems then (that's fixed - hooray) and wanted to know what alternatives were available. They had one that their tech used when working on machines. I believe it was a product used to control sewing machines when used with a quilting frame.

I had wondered if the foot pedal could be mounted with a longer lever type arm that could be pressed down with the elbow while sewing. Could you use the side of your thigh to control the foot pedal?

Best wishes with your knee problems.


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Subject: Knee hurts:any sewing machines that dont use a foot pedal? Date: 4/3/13 11:48 AM

This involves knees so don't know if it will help you.
Some old cabinets have a slot for the foot pedal at knee height w/ a lever sticking out, so to get the machine running you just lightly press the lever w/ your knee.

I have my 301 in an old cabinet set up this way & absolutely love the freedom if allows me w/ my hands.
But there's always computerized machines w/ the start/stop function, love those too.
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Date: 4/3/13 11:50 AM

You can get so many machines with that Stop/Start now, and although it takes a bit to get used to it, it is very very nice!Good luck!

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Subject: Knee hurts:any sewing machines that dont use a foot pedal? Date: 4/3/13 11:58 AM

Even low end computerized machines have start/stop buttons.

I haven't really gotten a hang of using mine though, so when my ankles start bothering me so much I can't use the foot pedal, I move it up on the table, and use it like a mouse and control the speed with my hand.

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Subject: Knee hurts:any sewing machines that dont use a foot pedal? Date: 4/3/13 1:20 PM

I don't know what kind of sewing you do, but a hand crank vintage machine might be a possibility for you. And, as others have stated, lots of the computerized machines have start/stop buttons and speed controls, so that would work for longer seams.

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