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Ericka

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I found just the head of a Singer VS1 machine in a thrift store some time back and have been searching for some kind of hand crank that might possibly work with it so that I could then find a case to put it in.  There is no boss on this machine for a normal hand crank, so it's been waiting patiently for anything. 

I came across this and it looked different from most hand cranks that I've seen, so was wondering if it might be possible to get it to work.  It still looks as though it should be attached to the machine, though.  Wonder what it came off of?  If it won't work with the VS1, maybe it could work on the Davis head that I have that's also waiting for something, lol!  Anyway, if anyone has a clue, please let me know.  Here's the crank.

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Nope.  Not compatible.

Are you sure it is a VS1?  They are pretty rare.  I am not aware of any handcranks made for those, but ya never know...

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Oh, yeah, it's a VS1.  Already been over all that on the NeedleBar site.  Serial # 6403849 which, according to the Singer charts, dates it to 1884. 

I know that there are wrap-around cranks and maybe a free-standing crank could work, depending on what it was mounted on.  Unfortunately, those wrap-around cranks are outrageously expensive.  I'd be paying at least 10 times what I paid for the machine for one of those [frown]

Well, maybe I'll go look over the Davis VS Vertical Feed machine and see if it has a boss on it.

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Pictures or it didn't happen.  Show us your VS1!  :-)



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Show us your VS1!  :-)



Lol, seems like I've heard something close to that during Mardis Gras in New Orleans loooong ago, but it wasn't a VS1 they were wanting to see [wink]

Okay, here are some really lousy pics taken some time ago with a lesser camera in the basement with poor lighting right after I got it:
VS1 Front.jpg  VS1 Face.jpg 

In poor condition, but couldn't pass it up for less than $20.  Came with the shuttle, one bobbin, no presser foot (lucky I have plenty of those around).  Looks to have had floral decals at one time and the Singer name on the arm is practically gone, but at least it didn't go into a dumpster.

I saw on the NeedleBar site where another person put one of these into a refinished Domestic case, which was just big enough to hold it.  Apparently, even the full-size Singer bentwood cases are too small for the fiddle bases to fit into.  But he didn't have a hand crank option for it, either.

And, before you ask, here's the Davis head, which was another bizarre find at $5.
Davis Front.jpg  Davis Face.jpg
Also not in great shape but as I recall, it believe it has a shuttle and bobbin, but is missing the rear inspection plate.  I think I've finally found the manual for it.  Paid far more for that than the head! 

And don't even ask me about the rust bucket of a Howe head that I left at an estate sale years ago - yikes!  Although, now, I would've at least asked for a price, which probably would've been extremely low considering it looked more like it had been used as a boat anchor.  I probably would've gone ahead and brought it home, though - sigh.

Oh, and don't even make me think about the old Wheeler Wilson that was either a full case or half case at another garage/estate sale that I didn't bring home long before I knew just how cool those glass feet machines were.  I'm still kicking myself over that one.  No attachments and, again, not in great shape but not terrible, either, but no more floor space!!!!! 

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Thanks!  Have you done any cleanup since getting it?  It looks like it might clean up nicely.

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p.s. What's Mardi Gras?  ;-) 

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I haven't done much with either yet since I don't have a permanent spot for them and quite a lot of other projects to work on, as well.  Everything moves freely, so it's just a matter of cleaning up grime and shining up as much as possible without destroying what few decals are left.  Once I find a case the VS will fit in, then I can work on making it look better and maybe, someday, figure out a hand crank setup.

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p.s. What's Mardi Gras?  ;-) 


That's Fat Tuesday to you, buddy, lol!  I've got an appropriate button somewhere that the women wear when they're walking down Bourbon St, listening to all the catcalls [wink]

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I don't know how well-equipped you are with basic power tools, but a display base for a machine like a VS1 is dead simple to make, if you're so inclined.  It does involve yet another project, however.  :-)  It's easy because there's so little under the "water line", so to speak.  Start with a slab of butcher block, perhaps a section that someone is getting rid of -- often the individual boards are splitting at the ends, but the center is still solid.  Sometimes you can encourage one of the splits to go the whole length, and you end up with a clean edge without actually cutting. Then just cut a section of the right size for the machine, and a hole for the machine to sit in.  I used a circular saw for the outside edges, and a jig saw for the hole.  That machine deserves to be seen!


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Hmm, interesting idea with the butcher block.  I do have plenty of tools, so maybe I need to just think about a base and not an entire cover.  But, yes, another project.  I've finally been getting around to cleaning and organizing attachments to either be documented and put away or sent on their way.  Plus, I have scads of manuals and catalogs that I need to scan, as well.  But I'll keep my eyes open for the right size butcher block and maybe I can get hubby to help out on that, although there are lots of other projects on his list that need to be done before this, lol!

Thanks for the tip and inspiration.
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Paul, I love the butcher block base!  Well done!
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Paul, I love the butcher block base!  Well done!


Thanks Mavis.  It was born of expediency -- I had an old sewing machine, and I had an old slab of butcher block, and it turned out to be an excellent combination.  And it took about an hour.  Okay, maybe 2 or 3, including a couple of coats of oil.

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