Non Slip Mat

I’ve done a fair bit of sewing over the last few weeks and one thing I’ve found increasingly annoying is that as I sew my machine foot slowly slips further and further away, or leans against the desk side so it won’t press smoothly. I then have to hoik it back closer again…and off we go again! I’ve got a vinyl floor which is great for sweeping up sewing threads but there is nothing to stop my pedal just gradually slipping away.

I decided to google non slip mats for sewing machine pedals, and yes you can buy them, but I also found a free pattern on the So Sew Easy website. The design uses the non-stick matting you can get for kitchen shelves and that sort of thing. I popped into a general hardware shop in Otley to see if they had any. The assistant was very apologetic that they only had pink or purple…purple is perfect, I said, it’s for my purple sewing room!

As suggested I made mine so it was about half an inch wider than the pedal on both sides and long enough for my foot to rest on it too. It took me less than an hour as it’s just two layers of the mat bound with quilting cotton. As the mat tends to stick to the sewing machine too she recommends sewing with paper underneath – it’s easy enough to remove afterwards as by then it’s perforated. A covered roll of batting is hand-stitched to one end just as extra support.

The instructions to make your own mat were very easy to follow, for anyone not familiar with the quilters way of applying binding there is a link to a video too.

I’ll let you know how well it works!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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9 Responses to Non Slip Mat

  1. tialys says:

    Excellent idea. My problem is I have too many machines on one table and keep pressing down on the wrong foot and wondering why my machine isn’t working. I think they move themselves around in the night just for fun,

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  2. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Thank you, Margaret! I am so pleased to read your solution and eagerly await your verdict. Fingers crossed that it works beautifully for you. And than I’ll be making one immediately for myself. THANK YOU!!!


  3. katechiconi says:

    I have something similar. You need to give it a wash every so often, as dust tends to hinder the tackiness of the matting, and as we all know, sewing generates a lot of dust and lint. I find mine tends to work best in sock feet, everything sticks beautifully that way!

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  4. Jane M says:

    Brilliant idea.

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  5. Amo says:

    John has made be a wooden contraption thing that stops my pedal going under the raised edge of my horn cabinet. I didn’t have this problem with my Bernina! I may have to make a mat to add to the non slippage. It still travels!

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  6. Ah! Thanks for this post.


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