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    Looking for help for a Deployed Soldier

    Hey folks,

    One of my students has just arrived "somewhere" in Afghanistan. One of his first emails to me was a request for a small hand-cranked sewing machine to be shipped to him. He has been there less that two weeks and his uniforms are already getting beat up. They are in a remote location....
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    The only ones I have in that category are a 1908 Singer 28 and a 1911 Singer 128. NOT what he needs.

    I am NOT looking for a freebie, I am trying to figure out which machine to acquire, that would be the best blend of SMALL, relatively easy to maintain, and not "persnickety" machine. (NOT a featherweight, TOO expensive and I have been told (NO experience) that they are touchy to maintain)


    Thanks in advance.
    Steve

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    Someone posted a site a while back on knock off hand cranks made in India? I wonder how much they are and since they would already be on the continent, cheaper than shipping from the US?

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    Steve,

    What about a Singer 99 Hand crank?

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Hey folks,

    One of my students has just arrived "somewhere" in Afghanistan. One of his first emails to me was a request for a small hand-cranked sewing machine to be shipped to him. He has been there less that two weeks and his uniforms are already getting beat up. They are in a remote location....

    The only ones I have in that category are a 1908 Singer 28 and a 1911 Singer 128. NOT what he needs.

    I am NOT looking for a freebie, I am trying to figure out which machine to acquire, that would be the best blend of SMALL, relatively easy to maintain, and not "persnickety" machine. (NOT a featherweight, TOO expensive and I have been told (NO experience) that they are touchy to maintain)


    Thanks in advance.
    Steve
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    A hand Cranked 99 would be perfect! Know anyone who has one? hehe

    I will look into the India machines, interesting thought on the shipping element.
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    Try looking on http://www.shopgoodwill.com. I've seen a few hand crank machines there. Might have what you're looking for.

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    Steve, I will gladly help you with $$ .... pm me your address... can you convert a machine with a homemade crank?
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    i will can my singer guy!
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    It is such a sad thing...my SIL just got out of the army. His uniforms were constantly ripping. My daughter spent more time mending them. I don't know who made the decision for the fabric they are using to make them, it is cheap & poor quality, sad very sad!!! Wish I could help...but don't have one.

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    so, it turns out that it is ok to say where he is in that photo.

    It is overlooking Bäk, Khost Province Afghanistan.

    GirlieGirl: you rock! I think we can get it done from this end but should the need arise, I will remember your offer!

    I actually have the two old singers and I am pretty sure that the hand-cranks from those would work on a 99.

    My daughter overheard me mentioning converting a 99 to handcrank and shipping it to my student overseas and she though I was referring to the new 99 she just bought from Cathy/Mizkaki! hehe she was not amused!!
    (Cathy - after completing her first project on her new 99k she is in love with it and wants to sell the Riccar ZZ...)

    Thanks everyone for the input. I e-mailed him about this thread and it really seemed to give him a lift that folks cared enough to help. he replied "tell them I said I really appreciate this! The whole unit will appreciate it. I'll probably end up the units "stitch bitch" (sorry, his words... I'm working on civilizing him... I replied to him that the word is "tailor")

    Just out of curiosity, I asked him how many troops in his unit could run a sewing machine. Still awaiting a reply.

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    Good luck with your project. Let us know if we can help in anyway.
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    Steve,

    Lets talk. I just might have a 99 and a handcrank that I can part with. VBG

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    A hand Cranked 99 would be perfect! Know anyone who has one? hehe

    I will look into the India machines, interesting thought on the shipping element.
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Hi Steve: Here are the photos of the Spartan. JoAnn
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    I like the Spartans for HC because the bobbin winder works better than the 99s
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    I'll check with our LQS and get the word out. Maybe we can get them all to donate some thread and extra needles and notions OH MY!

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    99s are heavy. How about something like this? He's not going to be doing any fancy sewing and it's only 3 pounds. He can pack it in with him where ever he goes.

    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem...temID=13080486

    Anyone have one small like this one?

    Here's another one.

    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem...temID=13086303

    How about a "new" pink one?

    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem...temID=13088120

    This is a nice one, 4 lbs.

    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem...temID=13086366

    AZ KAT

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArizonaKAT View Post
    99s are heavy. How about something like this? He's not going to be doing any fancy sewing and it's only 3 pounds. He can pack it in with him where ever he goes.
    I'm gonna have to say no on those. I have owned two of those and they are SO not up for the task. He is actually going to be doing heavy sewing. Uniforms with felled seams are tough... Straps on bags are tough... Plastic would not do well in that environment and the tin machines just would not do the job.

    Thanks for thinking outside the box and considering other options!

    He actually has a old full sized singer at home that is electric. He understands the weight issues and he specifically requested something rugged and able to withstand "relocations" I really think the 99 is going to be the ticket.

    I will probably do the "notch the solid handwheel" approach and see if it works.
    If not , then it will be a spoked handwheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I like the Spartans for HC because the bobbin winder works better than the 99s
    Good to know. Better how?

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    Steve,

    If you put a spoked hand wheel on a 99 the diameter on the backside on the handwheel is smaller than in the solid hand wheel.
    The bobbin winder now won't reach the handwheel so therefore won't work. The spartan bobbinwinder is simplier,
    with no auto stop so it will hinge far enough to reach the handwheel. There are work arounds for the 99 bobbinwinder
    to make it work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Good to know. Better how?
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Spend 19 1/2 years as an Army wife and ex was in Desert Storm so if there is any thing I can do to help, let me know. Uniforms didn't used to be so flimsy, that must be something more recent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Steve,

    If you put a spoked hand wheel on a 99 the diameter on the backside on the handwheel is smaller than in the solid hand wheel.
    The bobbin winder now won't reach the handwheel so therefore won't work. The spartan bobbinwinder is simplier,
    with no auto stop so it will hinge far enough to reach the handwheel. There are work arounds for the 99 bobbinwinder
    to make it work.


    Cathy
    What are the work arounds???
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    I remember this post about putting a notch in a solid handwheel...
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...ml#post5184000
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    I also thought 99, but it is heavy. Aluminum 201? Singer 301 - although I've never seen one with a hand crank. Elna Grasshopper would be ideal, self contained with the case also being the table, sturdy, has a low gear, but heavy. Not sure if it could be fitted with a handcrank. The candidate machine probably needs to have droppable feed dogs for darning. I don't know if a Singer 127/128/27/28 has feed dogs that drop, but this can a be hand crank. Geeze! A Pfaff 130 would fix anything, can be handcranked, but heavy and wouldn't approve of sand. I have seen Singer 221 Featherweights with hand cranks, but as you said, not cheap unless somebody donates.

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    Those little 128s are not all that heavy outside the case. Wilbur and I cleaned one up this evening. He was so cute. He turned the wheel while I oiled. He liked the shuttle, the presser foot and the needle bar. He really looked that one over. The one I have has a massive rust spot right in the middle of the bed. We cleaned it but a lot of paint flaked off. Any ideas how to fix that. The machine is mostly just fine otherwise. Wilbur also made bread in the mudpie kitchen. Name:  mudpie kitchen 040.JPG
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    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Steve,

    I converted my 99 from electric to HC with an original Singer HC. It works like a dream - but - I would think a HC ZZ machine be better for uniform repairs(?). I'm not sure what vintage Singer ZZ machine to recommend for conversion to HC though.....

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    Miriam,

    Over on Treadle-on Captain Dick has a tute on how to cut the bracket on the 99 BW so that the BW tire will lower down and ride on the handwheel. A few weeks ago I did a conversion in which I cut a notch on the bottom-outside of the bracket (instead of cutting all the way through the bracket) and put the screw back in with the notch under the screwhead. When tightened down the screw holds the BW down far enough that it will engage the back of the hand wheel.

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    The red arrow in the picture points to both the screw and spot where I cut the notch.

    Cathy



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    What are the work arounds???
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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