Sunday, February 3, 2013

Pedal rest Prototype

    The first thing we tried was a piece of the interlocking foam flooring that you can find most places--big box stores.  They are made of re-cycled plastic and often are used for kids play areas.  The more expensive type can be used for shop and garage flooring, too. It can be cut with a craft knife or scissors---not your good ones!   By placing the textured side down on the carpet and the foam side up, the pedal did not crawl at all.   So far, so good.  Now I have a small piece for using with the Featherweight,too.
  Comments yesterday provided other alternatives,  like silicone kitchen pads or an old serger pad to place under the pedal.



   Sir Old Man also considered the ergonomic problem that I have.  I am short---consider me a sawed off shotgun size.  With my sewing chair raised to the high position to get the 90 degree position for my arms and upper torso to the table, my feet almost touch the floor.   Sir Old Man got right to it and figured this out on his own!    A pedal support with  a heel rest area.



 By creating a slanted rest,  I do not have to sit on the edge of the chair to reach the pedal.  It is raised about 2 inches overall from the floor.

   I'll be giving this baby a full test run later today.  But I do believe my problem is solved.
Happy stitching.

13 comments:

  1. Old Sir Man is a genius! What a great solution to several problems all in one!

    Happy sewing!!!

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  2. this looks great! I have the same problem..so I have shown this to my crafty husband..and he will try to recreate something similar! Thanks! and thanks to Sir Old Man!!

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  3. Sir Old Man to the rescue! That footrest looks like it will do the trick. I'll be interested to hear how it works ergonomically for long sewing and FMQ'ing stints. May have to build something like that myself.

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  4. Hope it works as planned. I don't sew on carpet and I have long legs, so this is probably not something I need to try--but it is helpful info for those in a similar situation to you.

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  5. Yay for creative, helpful and thoughtful husbands!

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  6. Your new pedal rest is beautifully crafted! Enjoy!!!!

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  7. He did a great job and it sounds like you're going to be more comfortable, this could have all kinds of added benefits.

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  8. Fantastic solution. I have one of those plastic deals under my chair so the chair rolls easily on the carpet...like in an office. I put a sheet of non skid shelf liner under mine to keep it from slipping. But I'm average height, so my foot easily reaches the pedal. I can see how this would be great for a short person.

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  9. Great for you. When I had my foot pedal on carpet it was always moving. Prototype is right--you should be able to sell those! I'm sure there are quite a few quilters who could use them!

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  10. The footrest-pedal holder is brilliant! Wish i had a handyman husband like that!

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  11. Your hubby is certainly clever, and he mananaged to solve multiple problems at once. Way to go!

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  12. Sir Old (Super)Man is the best! He sure knows how to take care of you. My pedal still slides all over my tile floor. The only thing I've tried is a piece of that rubbery stuff that you can find for kitchen cabinet liner...also works well to open jars. It didn't keep my pedal from slipping but I have found other uses for it. Even though your pedal rest is a prototype it looks & sounds like it's ready for the patent.

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  13. This is a great idea. It is wonderful to have someone who cares for you so much that they make something special for you to make your sewing easier, XX Kathleen

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