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Thread: Plastic repair

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    Plastic repair

    I have a question for some who might know more about plastics than I do. That would probably be most of you.

    I'm working on an Emdeco Mdl LT-72 ZZ and multi stitch with cams machine
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    and the hand wheel is cracked. It's plastic with a steel sleeve in the center. Here's a pic of it:
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    The plastic is hard, kind of like PCV, but I really don't know what kind of plastic it is. I'm guessing it's from the 60's or 70s if that gives someone a clue.

    Once I find an adhesive I'll glue the crack, then clamp it tight with screw clamps till it cures.

    OH, yeah finding a new one is an option I'll be following, but I won't be holding my breath.

    Thanks.

    Joe

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    Hi Joe,

    Though not an expert opinion, I'd try an epoxy and be on the lookout for a replacement hand wheel if for resale. Hope your feeling better.

    Jon

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    Jon,

    Feeling a bit better, but not as much as I think I should. Sometimes I'm my own worst enemy.

    Will have to make a trip to the hardware store for epoxy, I'm running short.

    Joe

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    Plastic never really properly can heal; especially since it will be receiving torque whenever the handwheel is touched/moved by hand. I would not only epoxy it, but also create a permanent brace around the circumference of the wheel. Think of a dental retainer, or a large hose clamp, but obviously something more attractive than a hose clamp.

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    I agree with Cecilia. I KNOW you can figure out a temporary fix for it Joe. How about your OSMG? He might have a parts machine lying around. Or perhaps someone here on the VM board?
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    If it shares any parts with Brother type clones, u might find a swap from a thrift shop clinker...?

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    I haven't done anything to it yet. Still cogitating on it. Next time I go somewhere I'll take the hand wheel to the LSMG and see what if anything he might have.

    I have no idea what other brands of machine this one might share parts with, but if anyone here has an Emdeco that's dead and has a good hand wheel, we can compare notes and maybe work a deal.

    Joe

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    does the hand wheel off that old junky rusted up machine fit on there, Joe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    does the hand wheel off that old junky rusted up machine fit on there, Joe?
    Hmmmm, I don't know. It hadn't occurred to me. I'll go get it and find out.

    Joe

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    Drat, nope it won't fit. The center hub is offset way more than the one from the Emdeco.

    Good idea though.




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