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looking to convert my bernina to hand crank
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Date: 4/29/13 9:24 PM

I tried the search form feature but did not find anything about berninas becoming hand crank....

So, I live in Hawaii... Electricity here is expensive and solar is expensive (to install and maintain) so I thought I would convert my bernina to a hand crank version.

I have found the singer hand crank conversion parts but I have NOT been able to find any info of anyone using these parts on a bernina of any type. I have an 831.

Thoughts? links?

Thank you!!!!

Heather

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Date: 4/30/13 2:34 AM

I don't think hand crank would work very good for it, as the fly wheel is pretty small, so way too much hand cranking would be going on that way, if using the fly wheel for every inch of sewn stitches I think. If you really want to hand crank, maybe get a second machine, to use with it instead, something like a 1920's Singer hand cranked 99 or such, that is even made to be used hand cranked from the get go.
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I think there is a reason why most hand cranked machines are only straight stitch, (other than that just most times they were old enough to come out before most zig zag machines) and I think the reason is if you got zig zag or fancy stitches going with a width in there like that, you would also really have to crank so much more to even get them sewn out per inch, that it would be really tedious at that point. The only hand cranked machine I can even think of that was made on purpose to and might have zig zag and other stitches with a width to them, is actually a very old Necchi one. And even that one ran on electricity also, and was not only just a hand crank.
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Date: 4/30/13 4:27 AM

Pressing ( with an iron) is an essential part of sewing, and will use way more electricity than the sewing machine ever will. Converting to hand crank might not be worth the bother. There is a Yahoo Group called BerninaThirtySomethings. For the older vintage Bernina machines. Someone on that group might be able to give you more info on the conversion. I know that the mechanical Berninas get converted to treadle for the Amish, and might be something to look at also.

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Date: 5/6/13 5:33 PM

Beauturbo:
How would it be different from a singer hand crank conversion?
The process: remove outer motor, remove fly wheel, put on new hand crank wheel, attach outer hand crank device and screw down.

Mostly I'm asking if it is possible to convert my machine using the same parts as the singer conversion.

Ill have to check out that old bernina group, thanks!

Thank you both for your replies! Any and all help is appreciated :)

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Date: 5/6/13 6:56 PM

IF the Singer parts fit, you are good to go. However, that is a HUGE if.... Generally, Bernina has always been very careful to design their machines so that you absolutely need their own proprietary parts for everything. I would be very very suprised if Singer parts fit, but I don't know for certain.

Jennifer in Calgary

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Date: 5/6/13 7:33 PM

Because the machines people do that to with that, are already machines that are just old Singers, and in the models of them that really came in hand crank versions from the get go, shaped different, never had motors inside of them, just on the outside instead, and even would be made much different with a top shaft of the diameter the fly wheel could even go onto, and sticking out way more and even have the fly wheel clutch still work. So go order something off the internet and made for something esle and spend money on it if you want, but I think you will not be happy with it.

If you want to use a drill press and stick a hole in your fly wheel, and then maybe go to Orchard Supply Hardware store or something like that, and get a large ceramic draw pull that is loose enough to turn, and bolt it onto there instead, then when your hand turned that instead, I guess your fly wheel would go around too, and just leaving even the motor in it and the electrical cords and such, but I think that would be about it, and really not much fun to actually ever try to sew with it that way at all either.

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