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
, which is the home
of a mailing list I was on for a few years.
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.
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.)
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
There are probably other brands as well, but I do love my B-L.
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.
(Hope I posted this correctly)
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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
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.
it has a
switch most of the
I have a
the air tube
Intrigued i was compelled to try this on my own vintage Elna
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
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
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... :-)