Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 15 of 15

Thread: Sewing machine for handicap use?

  1. #1
    Junior Member Kittywolf13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Naples, FL.
    Posts
    265

    Question Sewing machine for handicap use?

    So, this past weekend my boyfriend met up with a friend from high school he hadn't seen in over 10 years or more. She is handicapped from the waist down and was briefly talking to me about the sewing thing i went to (the FL TOGA i had attended earlier in the day.) the conversation was brief because it was easily derailed into other conversations. (After 10 years cant say i blame them.) but she had mentioned trying to convince her disability to cover the costs of a "modern" hand crank.

    Having never heard of this i googled it and the only thing i came up with was something called a byte switch, which is an adaptation to a model of singer sewing machine, that is no longer made and thus they only make these whenever they get a machine donated? or so thats what i could tell. a few folks told me some of the newer machines like Janome and bernia make a stop/start push button on their machines. could an alteration be made to a foot petal to be hand controlled? how difficult do you think it would be?

    Does anyone out there know of anything that would work in this case? im curious to know the cost, because i feel its a shame that someone who wants to craft, cant due to money and being handicapped. Push comes to shove i might be inclined to send her an "old" hand crank... but id love to see my options. I just really think its a shame to limit someone because of something they have no control over. I know id hate it if suddenly i couldn't make something i know and love to make.
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle; Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight; my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758; Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66; Singer 99K Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Harrisburg, OR
    Posts
    444
    There are some inexpensive machines with the start/stop button. My $400 brother pc420 has it. I know the brother cs6000i has it and is only $160. The janome 8050 sold at Hancock for under $300 also has it. I would probably go with one of those or one similar to it if I were her.

  3. #3
    Junior Member Kittywolf13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Naples, FL.
    Posts
    265
    thank you so much for your suggestions! I will pass the information on to her. i was toying with the idea of maybe purchasing one for her.
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle; Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight; my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758; Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66; Singer 99K Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

  4. #4
    Super Member Neesie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Texas, USA
    Posts
    5,873
    Maybe I'm not quite understanding the problem . . . but couldn't she just move the foot pedal up onto the table . . . or use a machine with the start/stop button?
    Neesie


    By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
    ~Richard Dawkins

  5. #5
    Super Member Lyncat's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Buckeye AZ
    Posts
    1,246
    I have a Brother machine that has the push button. It also came with a foot pedal but I have never taken out of the package. Inexpensive and works just fine for regular sewing.

  6. #6
    Super Member J Miller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    NE Indiana
    Posts
    8,104
    Not knowing the extent of her handicap I'm going to make a couple suggestions.

    First, some of the Japanese ZZ machines can be retro fitted with the hand crank conversions as sold by Sew-Classics and others.

    Second, If she has upper body movement you could rig a foot controller to the back of her chair so all she has to do is lean back a bit and push on the pedal. The electronic controllers would be ideal for this as they don't get hot.

    Joe

  7. #7
    Junior Member makitmama's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Tidewater, VA
    Posts
    263
    speaking from experience, it is really hard to sew if the foot pedal is on the table and you are using one hand to push it. I never knew how much I used two hands sewing until I had to do this on a vintage machine with an 18" cord. I agree with Joe- a way to operate the foot pedal by leaning on it might help.
    On my Bernina with the button operation, you can't control the speed without taking your hands off your work. I would find that hard to do.
    maybe a modified knee pedal she could lean onto?
    Cil



    I'm a Queen.... at least my pantyhose say I am!


    (proud caretaker of a magenta 221, purple 222, assorted 66's, a 301, a pink Atlas and Monarch, and Granny's 201-2.

  8. #8
    Junior Member Kittywolf13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Naples, FL.
    Posts
    265
    See this is why I figured id ask here. So many lovely suggestions! It seemed like she had been eyeing a push button that the harder you pushed the faster it went. I wish she had told me the machines name. :/ I thought the same thing you should have your hands free to play with the fabric. Hmm these are all good ideas. I did find a brother that has a speed dial for the push button. In fact I don't think the machine had a footpedal. I need to look into that more
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle; Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight; my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758; Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66; Singer 99K Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

  9. #9
    Super Member LindaR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    2,943
    Blog Entries
    1
    we have a guild member with MS and she uses the auto switch on her brother...I know my little $300 brother works the same way...I've used it. hit the switch, sew the seam, hit it again to stop, should work for her
    Retired and living in NE Michigan

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Harrisburg, OR
    Posts
    444
    Quote Originally Posted by Kittywolf13 View Post
    See this is why I figured id ask here. So many lovely suggestions! It seemed like she had been eyeing a push button that the harder you pushed the faster it went. I wish she had told me the machines name. :/ I thought the same thing you should have your hands free to play with the fabric. Hmm these are all good ideas. I did find a brother that has a speed dial for the push button. In fact I don't think the machine had a footpedal. I need to look into that more
    All three of the machines I listed have a sliding button that controls the speed, whether you use the button or pedal. I'm pretty ure all the machines that have a button also have some type of speed control option.

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    kannapolis, nc
    Posts
    391
    There are a lot of machines with a start/stop button. I would also suggest getting one with a speed control. I know I have saw a Brother that has both. My Singer Featherweight 75 has both and I know there are others that do. The speed control will allow her to slow down the machine until she gets used to it and later for tight spots.

  12. #12
    Super Member Grace MooreLinker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    1,906
    the foot petal can be set up on the top surface of the machine to push with the hand.
    Freedom is costly and quilting keeps us busy...

  13. #13
    Senior Member Grannyh67's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Barling, Arkansas
    Posts
    824
    Blog Entries
    1
    I have a babylock, brother, elna all have push buttons and also can regulate the speed. It would be great for Her. I think this would be Her best bet.
    Life is SEW great!!!!!!

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    327
    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    Maybe I'm not quite understanding the problem . . . but couldn't she just move the foot pedal up onto the table . . . or use a machine with the start/stop button?
    That is what I do. I had polio as a child and have the foot pedal on the side of my machine and I push it with my right hand. I recently got a Janome with a start / stop button, and I love it for machine quilting as I have both hands to guide the fabric. Now I can roll from machine to machine!
    <a href="http://www.mylivesignature.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://signatures.mylivesignature.com/54489/336/AFDCC36A59CDFF42A211209DA03F222E.png" style="border: 0 !important; background: transparent;"/></a>

  15. #15
    Junior Member Kittywolf13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Naples, FL.
    Posts
    265
    thanks for your insight MissQuilter! im glad to hear these things. i will pass these suggestions to my bf so he can pass them onto his friend.
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle; Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight; my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758; Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66; Singer 99K Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.