Stitchwell Crank Sewing Machine

Old 11-30-2016, 08:39 AM
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Default Stitchwell Crank Sewing Machine

I have just purchased a little cast iron Stitchwell Crank Child's Sewing Machine. It is very cute, but when turning the crank, the thread wraps around the hook. It will not form a stitch. I cannot find any instructions online. Sometimes one can find old manuals or instructions.

Does anyone have any knowledge of this machine? I could really use some help. I paid way too much for a machine that doesn't actually stitch.

P.S. I know it is a toy, but it still should work. The seller said it will take a few stitches and then the thread breaks. That is not the case. The thread winds around the hook and jams. Then has to be cut away.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 11-30-2016, 10:23 AM
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There are many more knowledgeable people here than I about vintage and antique machines, but I do have a thought. Perhaps it's the needle you are using. I did not have the recommended needle for my treadle when I first got it but found I could use a modern needle if I dropped it down a bit instead of inserting it all the way to the top. It's worth a try!
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Old 11-30-2016, 01:10 PM
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And try turning the handle the opposite way you have been turning it.
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Old 11-30-2016, 08:54 PM
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You might look for a specific group that collects toy machines. Maybe on Yahoo Groups? I have a cute little Betsy Ross machine that also needs help, but no time right now.
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Does it have its tension. Are you threading it correctly. I've been working on my three Betsy Ross today They are cute and wobbly.
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Old 01-04-2018, 07:32 AM
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Generally toy machines have issues making a stitch. That is why many of us strongly suggest no one ever buy a toy to teach a child to sew. Rather start with a Singer 99 handcrank. I have a toy Necchi which I have set aside as it is so annoying. There are generally no possible adjustments to be made. In my case I fiddled with the needle and tension and finally got a length of stitching, but would never use it to try to make anything.

Are you using the correct 20x1 needle or did you use a 15x1 and pull it down before securing?
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