How To Test A Sewing Machine Foot Pedal

You’ll be glad to hear that the interior parts of your sewing machine foot pedal doesn’t include too many parts, which can make testing and repair simpler than you may be thinking. 

There are specific steps to follow to properly test and make adjustments to your sewing machine foot pedal which you can learn all about below. 

How to Test a Sewing Machine Foot Pedal

The easiest and most effective way to test your sewing machine foot pedal is to use a testing device. These devices provide you with information on the electrical components of a sewing machine foot pedal.

You can find various types of testers that include Resistance Testeris, Circuit Testers, TVOM, and Continuity Testers. So, let’s take a look at what’s involved in testing your sewing machine foot pedal and easy ways to make adjustments to the speed that you sew with. 

Steps To Test Your Sewing Machine Foot Pedal 

When you’ve chosen which testing kit you’re going to use, use the setting that tests the resistance in ohms. Attach the probes to the corresponding wires and press the foot pedal down. When you press the foot pedal down with everything connected, the testing kit will give you the resistance in ohms. 

If the reading meter gives you a negative response, be sure to double-check that the probes are connected securely and try again. In the case that the readings are off, you’ll need to contact a repair company to come and fix the pedal.

However, if the reading meter shows you a positive response, you’ll know that it’s running well and there are no problems to fix.

How Do You Adjust A Foot Pedal On A Sewing Machine?

In most cases, the only item you need to make adjustments to your foot pedal is a screwdriver to make the pedal faster or slower. To make your foot pedal slower, open up the foot pedal, and realign the contact areas to ensure that there’s not as much power being driven through the foot pedal. 

This will allow a smaller supply of power to be driven through the foot pedal which enables you to operate it slower. If you want to use your foot pedal at a faster pace, open the unit and make the contact point larger to allow a bigger surge of power. 

Many foot pedals are also controlled by a circuit board but they can’t always be adjusted as they don’t all have speed adjustment functions. 

It should also be noted that different sewing machines will have varying designs that may require slightly different steps. Therefore, it may be a good idea to contact the brand of the sewing machine to feel more confident after getting advice from them directly.

If the specific model of your sewing machine allows for speed adjustments, they people in the service team will be able to tell you the necessary steps to make changes or advise you to bring into their shop. 

How To Wire A Foot Pedal Switch

There are so many different models of sewing machines available that have varying wiring systems. For many models, the foot pedal will have a power cord that you connect to the motor cord. 

Some models will have a cord that connects directly to the sewing machine and another cord for the motor that connects to a receptacle to power the foot pedal. If your machine has a different wiring system, it’d be worth checking out the manual to learn more.  

Sewing Machine Foot Pedal Not Working Solution

If you have an older sewing machine, fixing the foot pedal can be easier compared to newer models as there are fewer simpler parts. Be sure to turn the power off and unplug the machine before the next steps. 

Start by inspecting whether the power cord has been damaged. If so, you’ll want to replace it before turning the machine on again. Sometimes, the foot pedal isn’t working because the wires have become loose. 

This can be an easy fix by simply ensuring that the wires are connected securely. Having said that, there are some sewing machines where you’ll have to take out the circuit board to check the wires. 

In some instances, the wiring of the foot pedal is fine. In these cases, you’ll want to clean the foot pedal as it can become clogged. 

Sewing Machine Foot Control Too Fast Solution

For those of you who find that your foot control pedal functions too quickly, we recommended checking out the user manual before taking further steps. Manuals often include all the specific information regarding your foot pedal speed so that you can make changes. 

The manual will let you know whether your model includes a speed control dial or a screw adjustment speed feature. It’s best to start by making small adjustments as they can make a big difference in slowing down the speed of a foot pedal. 

When it comes to the more modern sewing machines that have built-in computers, you’ll usually be able to make changes to the speed with a speed adjustment function. However, some models will require service by being taken into a shop to reduce the foot pedal speed. 

You should also be aware of whether your machine is industrial. This is because industrial sewing machines don’t come with speed adjustment features as they’ve been designed for speed.

Related Questions

What Should You Do if Your Sewing Machine Foot Pedal Is Getting Stuck?

One of the first things we recommend you do to unjam your foot pedal is to use lubrication. Put a small quantity of oil on the spring and rivets and see if you notice a difference. 

For the cases where that doesn’t work, it could mean that the spring has been damaged. Getting the spring replaced can ensure that your foot pedal runs smoother in no time. It’s also worth checking if any debris is causing the spring to become clogged as cleaning it out can be an easy fix.

If you find that the spring isn’t the problem, it would be best to contact a serviceman to come and fix it or take you through the steps to fix it yourself as it may be a little more complicated. 

How Should You Keep Your Sewing Machine Foot Pedal in Place?

A great way to keep your sewing machine foot pedal in place is to use a non-slip mat. This will make a huge difference if your foot pedal is on hard floors as the mat prevents the pedal from moving around so that you don’t have to keep on stopping and readjusting its position. 

You may also want to consider using a footrest for your pedal. This can make it more comfortable to use and keep it in place. If you use a footrest, be mindful to not lift the pedal too frequently as it can cause it to move around even more. 

When using the foot pedal with a footrest, be sure that your heel is either on the ground or very close to it to prevent your foot from lifting too high while sewing and causing the foot pedal to move around. 

Can You Prevent Your Foot Pedal From Overheating?

Some people notice that their foot pedal becomes hot when being used sometimes. In most cases, this isn’t a huge issue as you can fix it for yourself. When your foot pedal overheats, it’s usually because some connections are loose or wires are damaged.

If the connections are loose, you can simply tighten them with a screwdriver. For connections that are broken, you’ll need to replace them.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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