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    Hi, I have an old sewing machine and tough of taking the footswitch for my scrollsaw. I will modify the 2 prongs cable to a 3 prongs for the ground. The scrollsaw motor is 1.4 Amps.

    Anyone knows if the "footswitch" will bottleneck the power and leading the scrollsaw motor to force for nothing?
    boogatoo
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    Last edited by boogatoo; 11-22-2005, 07:08 AM.

  • #2
    don't get burned

    I am not sure of the current draw from your sewing machine but I would think it would be lower than that of the scroll saw.
    The current draw going through the foot pedal could be excessive and cause a fire hazard.
    The footswitch on a sewing machine is basically a large coil of wire with a wiper that slides across the coil.
    The coil produces a resistance to the current and dissapates the energy as heat.

    I would check with someone in the know before I did it.

    I have thought of using one of the footswitches that you can buy for Christmas lights, They are cheap and can handle the current. You would have to add a third wire for the ground, but that would not be hard.
    No variable speed, but on and off is handy too.
    CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
    "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
    Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

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    • #3
      Do not do it. A sewing machine switch has a variable switch and you can not use it.
      John T.

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      • #4
        Thanks to all of you

        Your comments probably saved my saw in the long term. The switch is unsutable for the scrollsaw but I have another idea...

        I have been given this '60s-'70s sewing machine table. This is the kind with 3 drawers and the flip top that extend a table extention. The sewing machine is attached to a hinged top that hide the machine within when not in use. This is a very strong piece of furniture that will do a very good router table.

        Thanks for all of your hints...

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        • #5
          Just one note about your table idea. If you plan on storing the saw the way a sewing machine was stored you need to devise a system to lift it up other than pulling on the arm. You never carry a scrollsaw by its top arm. Can do damage. Happy scrolling.
          John T.

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          • #6
            John T. I think he meant for a router table

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            • #7
              Thanks, I missed that. Didn't realized we switched gears. I should read more carefully. Router table , interesting idea.
              John T.

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