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Christy

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Do any of you have ideas to keep my foot controller from sliding away?  It's not as bad with some machines as others, but it can get frustrating to have it constantly sliding out of foot reach!
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New rubber feet? With age they can become hard and loose their grip. Ithere are stick-on pads that might improve grip, various types suited for different surfaces; rubber, rubbery-foam type, silicone rubber film,...
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urethane type rubber (synthetic) is not going to harden but regular rubber will.  There was a thread on another forum where someone was buying rubber sheet at dollar general (I think it is for cabinets) and it worked good under the foot controller while not being permanent.  I would like to try a mousepad myself.  I bet it'd work great.  Best regards, Mike
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I would think it would depend on what kind of flooring you have. There are several threads over on the "other board." I can't find the one that shows a foot rest type wooden one that has ledges so the pedal stays in one place. Another idea was to take two kitchen mats (or car mats) from dollar store that fit just outside the legs. Cut one with a hole for the pedal where you want it and then glue them together.

Some other options include the old mouse pads, dashboard sticky pad, \ patterngrip shelf liner, Velcro (which I don't care for) and rubber bands around the pedal. Some other ideas was to put books or portable sewing machine under the table so that the pedal can't slide back. Maybe another use for a pool noodle with a hole in the center so you could put PVC pipe or dowel and then lash it to the legs/feet of the table to prevent it going behind the table. Not sure about side to side.

A couple of patterns for "foot pedal stays" can be found at https://so-sew-easy.com/non-slip-sewing-machine-foot-pedal-pad/ and https://craftygeminicreates.com/foot-pedal-non-slip-pad/

The other board -
https://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1/no-more-pedal-chasing-me-t292795.html
https://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1/foot-pedal-rest-sewing-machine-t304004-2.html
https://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1/best-sewing-peddle-gripper-t285547.html
https://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1/what-do-you-use-keep-your-foot-pedal-moving-around-t244219.html

Lots of ideas.

Janey

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Janey,  I think some sort of board with a ledge would be best for me.  I'm on carpet and this is a Pfaff pedal, mostly plastic with small rubber bumpers on the bottom.  The thing just slides right away from me.  I think I'll try some idea tomorrow before I start sewing.
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I turn the pedal around, and use my heel on the lever. It reduces slipping, but I still knock it around between stopping and starting again.
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I read a tutorial on how to make one out of drawer liner that apparently would work on smooth floors or carpet, so I think I'll try that somewhere in the future, but for now I just caged the area off with portables.  Seems to be working lol!


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On carpet, I used an office chair mat so my chair moves better and on the front edge of that, I put a piece of the plastic that is used for binding printed paper together for a presentation. Hope you know what I mean. Like a U shape but sharp corners. with that on the edge the foot pedal can't slide past it. Even layers of electrical tape or duct tape would do on the mat edge.

On bare floors, I have a silicon baking mat that works well. You can buy those chair mats for bare floors too with no carpet nubbies on the bottom. 


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Do any of you have ideas to keep my foot controller from sliding away?  It's not as bad with some machines as others, but it can get frustrating to have it constantly sliding out of foot reach!


I used velcro in my sewing room.  One piece on the bottom of the controller, and one on the floor, exactly where I wanted it to be.  Didn't move an inch.  Right now I use a piece of rubber shelf liner under the controller so it doesn't slide around on the ceramic floor.  It works fairly well, but nothing like the velcro.

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I hot glue or super glue a piece of Drawer mat (its made of foam, and has a mesh appearance to it) that i got from the dollar store.  works like a charm.
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I put a piece of sticky backed Velcro on the bottom of the foot, with the matching piece on a 500mm square of hardboard that fits under my sewing station. Works perfectly.
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