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    Thanks Rev, I had understood



    The hand crank sounds good. Will love to see it when its done eh.
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    Here's one pic. Google Singer 99k hand crank and you find lots more

    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Upon further searching I found a comment I had not thought of before.

    quadraphonicfreak says:
    July 28, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    A hand crank machine is totally impractical for most work because you lack control because you can only use one hand. The speed is much less than either electric or treadle too. Using sewing machine attachments, such as hemmers and darners is all but impossible. They are very good for small work that needs exact sewing and they, of course, make excellent decorations in any sewing room. Other than that, they are pretty useless in the sewing room, due to lack of control.
    http://www.sewingmachinerepair.net/2...ewing-machine/

    Take that to heart before you invest too much effort or money in a hand crank. For the simple short jobs turning the flywheel by hand is not too bad. I made lots of beanbags that way when I was kid.

    But for long seams and that kind of thing you may not want a hand crank.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Thanks Rev, the handcrank idea was for small repairs and such. In a zero-electricity scenario the treadle is the way to go for actually making stuff.

    The handcrank will be fully removeable for easy conversion back to electric or treadly power. I am planning to cast a handcrank flywheel and adapt a hand dril mechanism to fit. I am also looking at picking up an aftermarket handcrank and ending up with something similar to this:

    http://blog.sew-classic.com/2009/05/...ack-again.aspx



    It all depends on what's easiest or most fun to knock together.

    Point taken about the balance of the handwheel.

    Sorry for the thread hijack

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