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Today I want to show you the world’s easiest way of how to make a sewing machine foot pedal pad using something you might already have around your house: a mouse pad!
I recently added a serger to my sewing machine collection. I’m up to a serger, a sewing and embroidery combination machine, and a heavy-duty sewing machine now. My craft room is exploding. I love my serger, but I do not love the dinky foot pedal it came with. The lightweight thing slides all over the floor, and every once in a while I find it hanging from my sewing desk if the cord gets caught in the back. Not cool!
I’ve had a lot of time during the coronavirus outbreak to get creative at home since I’m stuck with no craft stores open to browse. I needed a non-slip sewing machine foot pedal pad, and I couldn’t just go browse the aisles of JoAnn for inspiration or a pad itself.
Thus, this idea for how to make a non-slip sewing machine foot pedal pad from something I could easily acquire during the pandemic was born! And better yet, the mouse pad I used cost me less than $10!
My sewing room has hardwood floors, but I also tested my new non-slip sewing machine foot pedal pad on our low-pile carpet, too, and I had no problems! I am SO thrilled, and I wanted to share this simple sewing hack with you, too!
My Criteria for a Non-Slip Foot Controller Pad
I wanted a foot controller pedal pad with a base that was rubbery, grippy, and no-slip for any surface! I’ve seen some sewing foot pedal pads made from shelf liners, but I just wasn’t sure how long the thin liner would hold up with continued friction on the floor. I also didn’t like the idea of a super slick gel-like mouse pad bottom because those are just dirt and dust magnets.
The width and length of the foot pedal pad base also needed to be relatively large. The foot controller for my Brother SE1900 embroidery and sewing combo machine is big (and weighty and doesn’t give me too much of an issue, honestly) whereas the pedal for my Brother 1034D serger is fairly small. If I made one no-slip pedal pad for my serger, I wanted to make sure I could make another identical pad of the same size for my SE1900.
Since I do have a heavy-duty sewing machine that is stored in a closet and only gets occasional use, I wanted to make sure the sewing pedal pad allowed me to change out foot pedals so I didn’t have to make a third pad. This is why I made sure the adhesion of the controller was interchangeable.
I ultimately found two mouse pads that fit my criteria. What’s even MORE awesome about using a mouse pad as a foot pedal pad is if you get one with the wrist support, this functions as a stopper to keep the foot pedal from sliding forward! Here’s my mouse sitting on the pad I chose to use.
While I’m sure there are other mouse pads that work great and come in more colors than black, there are the two mouse pads that fit my criteria the best. First, the Belkin WaveRest gel mouse pad and then the Quality Selection mouse pad.
The Belkin mouse pad was larger and thus my preferred mouse pad. However, it did have the brand name stamped on the bottom. The Quality Selection pad was unbranded but a little bit smaller. I decided to go for the larger pad and add a little pizzazz to cover the brand name! Read on for how I did that!
- Mouse pad (THIS is the Belkin one I used, and here’s the other one I also bought before I decided I wanted the larger one. Both had great grips!)
- Adhesive hook and loop fastener sheets or strips. (Mine were from my craft box, but here are some on Amazon. )
- Something to put on the base to cover the brand name, if desired.
Making A Sewing Machine Foot Pedal Pad
The good news is this is a fast task that took me a grand total of one minute to make before I decided to add the extra pizzazz to cover the Belkin name.
I first measured exactly where I wanted my foot pedal to go. The front base of the foot controller would be pushed directly up to the base of the wrist support, acting as a stopper.
I then adhered the hook portion of my hook and loop fastener to the mouse pad where the pedal would sit. After that, I adhered the loop portion of the fastener to the bottom of my foot pedal making sure to line the two pieces up.
Then, I connected the two pieces. And, done! There was a good grip between the pad and the foot pedal.
I then took it a little farther and decided to embroider the word “Sew!” on a piece of pink fabric that matched the fabric I used when sewing my serger cover.
I turned the fabric sides under using temporary fabric glue. Then, I stitched around the edge of the fabric and then adhered it to the mouse pad. This part took maybe 15 minutes, but not too bad! I like that it covers up the brand name.
My Experience After One Month of Use
Since my foot pedal pad sits on hardwood underneath my serger now, well, things get pretty dusty and messy down there. Every once in a while I’ve had to go clean the floor and clean the bottom of the foot pedal pad to get its best grip. I really need to start vacuuming more. But, I just can’t bring myself to vacuum when my kids go to bed. I have sewing and crafting to do instead of cleaning!
The hook and loop fastener has held up great, and I’ve been able to switch out my foot controllers when I switch out my desk space for my serger and heavy-duty sewing machine.
Overall, I’d call this project a cheap and easy success!