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Cecilia

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Hi everyone! If you’re like me, you have a bunch of machines. ;-)

And if you’re like me, you like to use a different one each time, because it’s FUN!

Aaaaaaaand, if you’re like me,  you find these these machines awfully heavy to lift from a bottom shelf up to a table top. Especially this Anker Phoenix, which I believe clocked in at close 44 pounds. (Handsome stitcher though, don’t you think?)

I devised  a nifty way of attaching handles to the base, in order to make lifting much easier. Here it is:

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And for the perfectionists out there, yep, I’ve noticed that I didn’t centre it all that well... though the angle of the photo actually makes it look way off. In real life it’s not really much. ;-)

I put one handle on each side. Muuuuuuuch better than before the handles!

NOTE: This means I can’t use the case cover top, because the latches are blocked off from doing their function. For me, though, that’s okay, as the case tops are all in safe dry storage, and I keep the machines on display in a glass case. The next time I’ll ever out the lid on is when I move house! And when that happens, it’ll be a simple matter of unscrewing the nuts, no compromise to the wood, especially amuse the protective washers are there.

If anyone has a better idea, please chime in!

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What a great idea to add these handles on the bottom.  Most of these old cases have weak latches and handles so it's a good idea to have a more stable solution for transporting.

Thanks for sharing!
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Good idea. To take it one step further, it looks like you might be able to flip the latch up before you apply the new handle thus allowing you to still secure the lid. I suppose it might depend on how low/high you put the handle.
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My concern with this method is that I had a new to me 40 lb Brother take the bottom out of a case once. (It was my rookie VSM days and I was carrying it by the handle.) It was an older case but appeared to be in good shape. It wasn't. The wood was not in good shape, nails were rusty. The case had been stored in a damp location, I am guessing. The bottom is only held in with tiny nails and was made from pressed fibre board. The weight of the machine is on the hinges and the corner cant strips. Make sure that those cant strips are strong! You have to peel back some of the vinyl on some cases to inspect that the wood is sound and there is no rust on any nails. My cant strips gave way and the hinge screws had not been tightened. Down she went. I was left holding the handle of the case with the whole case still attached, just a hollow underside. Luckily I am short and it didn't have far to go. LOL 


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