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Hi group.
Is there an electric machine that does not require foot controls?
Thinkicg of a person in a wheelchair.
Thanks much.
Dan



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dan orange wrote:
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There are hand-crank machines.  They are vintage-type machines and you
can find them on Ebay.  There are also some hand crank kits to convert
some types of older electric machines to hand-crank machines.  You can
find more information about them at www.treadleon.net, which is the home
of a mailing list I was on for a few years.

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With electric machines that have the foot controller wired to the
machine, it's possible to put the controller on the table next to the
machine and operate it with a hand or elbow.  It would require some
coordination, but can be done.
--
Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com
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Some older electric machines in a cabinet have a knee control.  Hope this
info helps!
Barbara in Cold FL
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On Sun, 10 Jan 2010 14:01:09 -0500, "dan orange"

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  The old Elna  "grasshopper" had a hinged arm
that was actually a brake-release -
that could be operated by the elbow or knee.
 http://www.wildflowersewingstudio.com/elnaa.jpg

http://www.spinalistips.se/tips-portable-electronic-sewing-machine-en-843.html

It wouldn't be too difficult to imagine a foot switch jury-rigged
for elbow or hand control.
 John T.


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Some of the new electronic machines have an on-off button and a speed
control operated by a push button, like this little Brother:
http://www.bambersew.com/product.asp?strPageHistory=category&numSearchStartRecord=0&strParents=67%2C68&CAT_ID=68&P_ID=1970&btnProduct=More+Details

I'm in the process of assessing this machine at the moment: this feature
is one I haven't tested yet, but I'm going to experiment with it
tomorrow.  I'll let you know how I get on.

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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On Sun, 10 Jan 2010 14:01:09 -0500, "dan orange"

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My mother had a portable machine that was controlled with a lever that
we pushed with the right knee.  One pulled the lever out of its socket
and put it inside the case when putting the machine away.  

I've seen cabinet models with a klutzy imitation of knee control made
by sliding a foot control into a pocket under the machine, under a
knee-pushable lever that pressed on the button of the foot control.  

(And whatever happened to foot controls with nice big flat levers
instead of teeny little buttons that hurt when you sew barefoot?)  

(Come to think of it, it's been more than a decade since I looked on
the floor under the display models in the sewing-machine store; maybe
the ergonomic design *has* come back.)

--
Joy Beeson
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My 1961 Singer's foot control fits in a clamp under the cabinet to use as a
knee-control, it is large and easy to handle.  I've always used it as a
knee-control.  
The B-L front switch is almost identical to the Janome on the previous site
posted, and if I recall correctly, the Brother machine Kate is trying is
also the same.
-- Emily



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My Baby Lock, now 4-years old, does not need foot controls, it has a switch
on the front that can be used.  It came with foot controls and another type
of controls, that I haven't tried yet.  I use the front switch most of the
time.

There are probably other brands as well, but I do love my B-L.

-- Emily



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My first time to post.  I've been following this thread because I have a
friend in a wheelchair.  She said when she bought her Elna Air Electronic
that the sales clerk told her that she could blow in the end of the air tube
to run the machine.  My friend hasn't tried it yet.

david

(Hope I posted this correctly)




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David, I haven't seen an Elna machine like that, but there are so many new
innovations in machines today.  I haven't kept up with them anymore like
when I was younger.
BTW, your post is okay.
-- Emily



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Actually the Elna Air Electronic she has was bought in the '80s.

david




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Emily Bengston wrote:
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The air electronic is a pneumatic foot control, made in the 70's.  I'm
not sure blowing in the tube would work very well...

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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it has a
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and another
switch most of the
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B-L.
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Electronic
the air tube
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Intrigued i was compelled to try this on my own vintage Elna
**air electronic**

it worked !  not great ... as  after about four  exhales i had a
numb face and a headache.

I took a 2ft piece of silicon tubing the same size as the foot
control tubing connected it to the machine and i was able to get
it going as much as half speed.

although it took a bit of air power to make it work  it was not
impossible

as an aside... i could easily imagine constructing some kind of
air bulb that one could bite to make it work without the ill
affects of pressurizing the face and brain #:o

hth
robb


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My foot control works well with hand or elbow pressure.  Much more
comfortable than using a foot pedal like this!

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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   You  go   robb  !
I can imagine that a  "mouth-controlled"   mechanism
 " jaw-bite controlled "   rather than blowing -
for ON/OFF  and/or  SPEED CONTROL
would be very useful in many fields of endeavor.
 - far more than just wheelchair sewing !
  Think of the possibilities !
    Patent Pending...   :-)
 John T.

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Dan, will you please let us know what works for your friend in the
wheelchair?  I'm so intrigued!
Thanks,
Pora


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Dan wrote:
Is there an electric machine that does not require foot controls?
Thinkicg of a person in a wheelchair.

Me:
I think it was a Brother that I purchased for my mother years ago, but
it had a knee control





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