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Thread: Hand Crank Discussion

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    I also saw this, it was in the Treade On site and applied to a Willcox and Gibbs Chainstitcher. The W&G was attached to a nicely made "box" case and the crank fastened to the side of the case at the correct height.

    Jon
    It would be hard to come up with a correct height - there are variations in the height on the machines. I have an old long bobbin machine with a motor attached pretty unique - might work for HC - I'll shoot it and some Chinese hand cranks later.
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    I have a Singer handcrank model 128 (do not have picture) made 12/1949 in Elizabethport, NJ...my question is what is the benefit of a handcrank. I have no clue as this machine was given to me by a relative and I really would like to know if it is usable or just a decoration. Why are people looking to convert to handcranks??

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    You do not have to plug in a hand crank. You might need to mend a sail on a sail boat or fix a tent on the ground. You can sew on your back porch. I want one that will do embroidery some machines have an oddly placed boss or none at all - a HC will sew slow and I can control the speed closer. With the coal generated electric being shut down by the pres. you might want to save money on electric in the next few years.
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    What Miriam says about sewing slow with a HC is so very true. You can literally stitch one stitch at a time consistently and accurately.

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    It would be nice for the fancy stitches. How about a HC on a Singer 401???
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    Thanks for the info. I may try to get it running. I am a little terrified by the long shuttle bobbin. I guess it would be good during times when power is out. I hate to get rid of it because it belong to my DIL's mother and she gave it to me because she felt I would appreciate it. This board is so helpful. I thank all of you for the info I get every day.

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    Muv's blog has a real good illustration of how to thread the shuttle - she has lots of videos on her blog, too. Muv is the best!!! http://lizzielenard-vintagesewing.bl...ta-manual.html
    I printed it out and put it on card stock with the machine.
    Last edited by miriam; 01-08-2013 at 06:20 AM.
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    How would you put a hand crank on a 401? No external motor bracket boss there.

    I could put a HC on my Alden? I wonder how hard it would be to hand crank that one?

    Joe

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    It's why there is no HC on my 401... The Singer 319 & 306 boss is off set - won't turn right. an off set mount on the HC unit might work...
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    It is interesting thread Steve. I have an 1893 Singer 27 that is a perfect candidate to convert to a hand crank. I does not have a boss to mount one though.

    Check out this link,
    http://www.singersewinginfo.co.uk/screw_threads/, perfect for your technical mind.
    Sweet Caroline

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