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    Default Foot petal control in the winter time

    I usually sew with one shoe off so I can have better control of the sewing machine pedal. In the winter time I wear my thickest wool socks and put an isotoner slipper on the foot without a shoe (I can still feel the pedal through the slipper.) It is too cold here today for the slipper over a wool sock. I tried a space heater under the table but then it was to hot.

    Any suggestions?
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    Default Re: Foot petal control in the winter time

    Sorry I can't help. I sew in the basement which is cool in summer and winter, unless I turn on baseboard heater. But with all the lights and body heat, it warms up quickly.

    Does the heater time out when it reaches the temperature. Just be careful with space heaters. Unplug when you are not in the room.

    A thought. What if you heated some bean bags and put under your pedal? Good luck.

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    Default Re: Foot petal control in the winter time

    I use Suzanne's suggestion of heated bean bags when I need some warmth at the foot petal. I make the bags in all sizes. Usually I use the ones I make for coat pockets and just throw one down beside the petal and reheat when needed. You can place one on the other side too if needed. It works for me. I hope you find something that helps you.
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    Default Re: Foot petal control in the winter time

    Two wool socks on your sewing foot.

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    Thanks for the bean bag idea. I have a u shaped one to wrap around my neck. It will fit right around the foot petal.
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    Default Re: Foot petal control in the winter time

    Bean bags will work - I was going to suggest a heating pad wrapped in a towel over your feet.
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    Default Re: Foot petal control in the winter time

    On my last job someone else had a heated foot pad under the desk. one day i slipped off one shoe and ouch! that was hot! I had no idea it was on! But maybe something like that when not using the foot pedal. they do have heated socks I think too. good luck.

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    Default Re: Foot petal control in the winter time

    I wouldn't dream of walking/working in my sewing room in stocking feet or slippers. There are too many pins & needles lost & hidden in the shag carpeting.

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    Default Re: Foot petal control in the winter time

    I find my dearfoam slippers and a pair of socks are much warmer than my shoes up in my unheated sewing room. I do have a propane heater that takes the chill off. Probably won't do much good with these single digit temps coming up tomorrow

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    Default Re: Foot petal control in the winter time

    You can buy battery powered electric heated socks on Amazon. I've never tried them, but I know they exist.

    How cold is your sewing room that even a wool sock and a slipper still won't keep your foot warm?
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