Direction for turning hand wheel?

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
Reply to
Life Experience
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
Reply to
SewStorm
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
Reply to
Michael Daly
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.
Reply to
Kate Dicey
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.
Reply to
Ron Anderson
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
Reply to
Elizabeth Young
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!
Reply to
Kate Dicey
Kate Dicey murmured while asleep:
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
Reply to
Penny S
On Tue, 16 Dec 2003 18:30:06 UTC, snipped-for-privacy@anywhere.net (Life
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.
Reply to
Ann Knight
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.
Reply to
Ron Anderson
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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joy beeson
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
Reply to
Life Experience
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
Reply to
Elizabeth Young

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