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Well used Singer Handcrank
An anniversary present from my husband.
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Date: 12/11/13 5:28 AM

The newest member of the datcat household has arrived.

I had been watching various machines online, and this one happened to be on my watch list on evilbay. Of course hubby being the impulsive soul he is, just went ahead and bought it, and presented it to me for my wedding anniversary present. She's not the best looking specimen, and certainly more than a bit knocked around. However her gears move beautifully, and she makes a lovely stitch. I am going to look into sprucing her up a bit sometime next year.




According to a cursory search, she was made in 1911, in scotland. She's not rare, but still, she will be loved here. I am hoping the treadle and featherweight are kind to the old lady.

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Date: 12/11/13 8:04 AM

Nice!

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Date: 12/11/13 10:51 AM

Congratulations! I've been keeping an eye on hand crank machines myself... after a cleaning and polishing it should do just fine!

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Date: 12/11/13 10:57 AM

Something I've been wondering about those hand crank machines: How many rotations of the machine flywheel do you get per rotation of the hand crank?

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Date: 12/11/13 11:14 AM

Fantastic! I love my hand-cranks - as a quilter, I appreciate the portability and even more, the absolute precision my old Singers bring to the table. Quite honestly, I've only once bought a hand-crank that started out as a hand-crank. But I've taken several electric Singers and replaced their (dangerously old) motors with a hand-crank assembly. One of my favorite hand-cranked machines came out of a ruined treadle base - she's extremely happy to be off that porch and well used for piecing. (She knows she's special - she stitches backwards as well as forwards!)

FYI, only the Singers are as flexible as this - I don't know of any other brand that has reproduction hand-cranks available today.

If you need it, here are my go-to websites for fixer-upper info on old machines - treadleon.net and tsfr.org

Al, Singer handcranks are geared at 3:1 ratio. For one turn of the handcrank, the needle will make 3 stitches.
-- Edited on 12/11/13 11:16 AM --

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Measure twice, cut once. While this saying is useful in many ways, I have no qualms about editing my posts.

UFOs completed in 2014: 1 - woohoo! finished my oldest UFO - an apron cut out in the mid-80s with a pattern from the mid-40s! and the bias binding promptly disintegrated in the wash! Ok, it was from my Great-Grandmother's stash, which means it was bought anytime from the 1910's to 1970's.
Projects started recently completed in 2014: 4
New Projects started in 2014: 5
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sewn in 2014: 5
bought in 2014: 17.25

I know...I'm procrastinating.

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Date: 12/12/13 0:04 AM

Datcat- this is a very pretty machine. I am wanting to find a vintage hand crank myself as that was what we learned on in high school in the UK. Of course I cannot recall the model. I think a 66 or 99 maybe. I would like to teach my 5 years old grand daughter on it.

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Date: 12/12/13 6:57 AM

Lovely, Datcat, you got a beauty there. Handcranks rock! My avatar is my Baldwin Clipper, a converted handcrank.

Rose

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Date: 12/13/13 0:32 AM

She's a beauty. I'm glad she found a new home.

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Marilyn

January 2009 to January 2010 81 yards out and 71yards in January 2010 to the present 106.7 yards out and 146.5 yards in. January 2011 to the present: 47 yards out and 69 yards in.

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Date: 12/17/13 8:19 PM

My Singer 128 says hello to your Singer 128:



Yours is before WWI. 1911.

Mine is before WWII. 1936.

The Singer V.S. is a wonderful machine. And the hand-crank is so much fun to play around with. But the biggest issue I have with these machines is finding bobbins! I have four to fiddle around with, but as always, I wish I had more...

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A stitch in time saves a broken needle and having to start over again.

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