Direction for turning hand wheel?

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Here is a really "dumb" question from a person who has been sewing
since age 10 - Which is the proper way to hand turn the hand wheel of
the sewing machine? Okay, you put your right hand on the wheel with
the thumb facing you and the little finger to the back. Now, do you
turn the wheel clockwise with the thumb going over the top toward the
rear? Or do you turn the thumb down and under, counterclockwise?

One of my machines seems to prefer the 'down and under'. I'm sure I've
always sewn turning it clockwise. Maybe it likes 'down and under'
because I have the bobbin threaded and put in the wrong direction.
What do you use on your Viking, Kate?

This makes me feel really silly. I can't let my mind get funny yet. I
feel like my Mom who says it's hell getting old.

another Sharon

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Sharon, watch the hand wheel as you sew very slowly (with no thread, or fabric
under the foot), and you will see which way it goes. Then make note someplace
so you can remind yourself again later.

My hand knows what to do after all these years, but it's so automatic, I know I
can't tell you without going down to the machines and actually doing it! LOL


Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati


Re: Direction for turning hand wheel?
On 16-Dec-2003, snipped-for-privacy@anywhere.net (Life Experience) wrote:

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Counterclockwise, or top-towards-you on every machine I've used.
That's for forward stitch.  Top-away for reverse.  Run the machine
very slowly and see which way it turns itself.

Mike

Re: Direction for turning hand wheel?
On Tue, 16 Dec 2003 20:11:55 UTC, "Michael Daly"

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 Whoa! Which machine do you have that sews in reverse this way?  <g>

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Ooops - you're right, it goes backwards, not stitches in reverse.

Mike

Re: Direction for turning hand wheel?
Life Experience wrote:
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ALWAYS top towards you/anti-clockwise!  If you want to reverse, don't
turn the hand wheel the other way, put the machine in reverse and turn
the wheel towards you.
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Kate  XXXXXX
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Re: Direction for turning hand wheel?
Most machines the hand wheel turns towards the operator, but there are a
couple that turn the opposite way, the White rotary machines with the
friction drive for example and some treadles. Most modern machines it is
counterclockwise. As the other pointed out simply step on the pedal it will
turn in the correct direction, then always turn it that way.
The reverse is done mechanically inside the machine the wheel will always
turn the same way.


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Ron Anderson
A1 Sewing Machine
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Re: Direction for turning hand wheel?
Ron Anderson wrote:

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Yep Yep Yep
When I was a kid, I sewed on the following machines:
An old White, a 50's kenmore, a Featherweight, and an old singer treadle.
Mom and I put masking tape with magic marker arrows on all the wheels.
We never could remember which machine when which way!

liz young


Re: Direction for turning hand wheel?
On Tue, 16 Dec 2003 22:28:47 GMT, "Ron Anderson"

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So *that's* why there's never been a pedal-powered sewing
machine!  

I knew there had to be a good reason.  

Not that I ever use the reverse anyway -- I gave up
back-tacking long ago -- but I love the concept of reversing
the machine with one's feet even though I've never quite
mastered my treadle-powered machine.  

Joy Beeson
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Re: Direction for turning hand wheel?
joy beeson wrote:

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If you turn the wheel backward, you get thread barf and/or
a broken needle.

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Joanne @ stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us
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Re: Direction for turning hand wheel?
On Tue, 16 Dec 2003 12:25:26 -0800, Kate Dicey wrote:

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Nope, not always.  My Bernina and Domestic turn in opposite directions.

gabrielle

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gabrielle wrote:
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I've yet to come across one that does that, but I'm quite prepared to
believe it!  99% of modern domestics turn towards you, though.

Amendment: ALWAYS turn in the right direction for the machine!
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gabrielle wrote:

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And my Whites and my Willcox & Gibbs, too.
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Re: Direction for turning hand wheel?  
 
<< snipped-for-privacy@nothanks.gorge.net (gabrielle)
< Kate Dicey wrote:
<ALWAYS top towards you/anti-clockwise!
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<<Nope, not always. My Bernina and Domestic turn in opposite directions.
gabrielle  
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   And then there's sergers: my Babylock handwheel turns _away_ from the
operator.
                          Cea            


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My Babylock is opposite yours. Odd.
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Not really odd at all. Sergers were introduced to the home market maybe 25
years ago. These were all based on the industrials. All industrial sergers
the hand wheel rotates clockwise.
The manufacturers for at least once responded to consumer complaints. It is
terribly confusing going from a sewing machine that turns one way to the
serger that turns the other. So now most modern sergers rotate counter
clockwise just the same as modern sewing machines.


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Ron Anderson
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Re: Direction for turning hand wheel?
Kate Dicey murmured while asleep:
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you can watch the feed dogs to see if they are feeding the material to the
front or the back of the machine.  You turn the wheel which ever way feeds
to the back ( sewing forward)

penny s



Re: Direction for turning hand wheel?
On Tue, 16 Dec 2003 18:30:06 UTC, snipped-for-privacy@anywhere.net (Life
Experience) wrote:

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 Assuming the machine is not in reverse, turn the handwheel so the
feeddogs move the fabric away from you. Different makes of machines
turn different directions.

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Re: Direction for turning hand wheel?
Thanks for all the interesting comments and laughs. It seems that
there is enough variation that I am going to test each machine as
suggested and put on the masking tape that was also suggested denoting
the direction.  I tried my Babylock and it turned so fast my naked eye
couldn't make it out. So I stuck on a piece of tape and watched the
wheel actually turn. That one turned counterclockwise. Now to try out
the Singer 401, the Viking 6570, and the Kenmore a friend recently
found at a thrift shop and brought here.

Husband is getting a little grumpy looking at all these machines, but
what the hey! It's payback of a sort. Have I not been looking at all
his 3 guitars, banjo, and cornet for lo these many years?! Have I not
always had to move them to clean around and under them? So now I've
added my machines to the mix. The irony of the situation is that as I
spend time trying to find parts for these machines, I have less time
to use them.

Thanks to all who participated in this thread.

another Sharon

On Tue, 16 Dec 2003 18:30:06 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@anywhere.net (Life
Experience) wrote:

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Re: Direction for turning hand wheel?
Life Experience wrote:

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The masking tape was my suggestion. These were old machines, and not
collectables. I don't know what long-term masking tape would do to the
finish. YMMV

liz young


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