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VintageGalKim

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Hi all, 
I would like to find a reputable source for reproduction Singer hand cranks. (I had planned to purchase a couple from Cindy Peters, but alas, sadly she is gone now.) Can anyone recommend a source? I have, ahem, more than a few Singer Red Eye heads that I am refurbishing and I thought it might be easier to fit a couple with hand cranks (than dealing with wiring and motors) and market them that way. 

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Reputable hand cranks? That may be difficult. Reputable sellers, yes. The going rate seems to be $20-$35.
SewClassic stopped selling them because the mechanisms often would bind. A few here have spent considerable time to go through the repro cranks, and basically remachine the mechs.

On the other hand, if one has never sewn nor used a hand crank before, they wouldn't know the difference, would they?

Vintage HC mechs sell for around $80.
I have two Redeyes, well broken in, which would be wonderful for hc, but I don't think I would be able to recoup the investment of an $80 HC mechanism.

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Reputable hand cranks? That may be difficult. Reputable sellers, yes. The going rate seems to be $20-$35.
SewClassic stopped selling them because the mechanisms often would bind. A few here have spent considerable time to go through the repro cranks, and basically remachine the mechs.

On the other hand, if one has never sewn nor used a hand crank before, they wouldn't know the difference, would they?

Vintage HC mechs sell for around $80.
I have two Redeyes, well broken in, which would be wonderful for hc, but I don't think I would be able to recoup the investment of an $80 HC mechanism.


Yeah, that's what I've heard...the repros don't function very nicely.  I knew Cindy went through and tested them before selling so I figured I could at least get a decent couple that way.

I would of course state in the advert that the crank was a repro, but if, as in the situation you mention, it was someone's first experience cranking, I wouldn't want to ruin the whole experience for them if the crank turned out to be a poorly performing one. (kinda like teaching kids how to sew on a toy sewing machine...)

I have a couple of Singer hand cranks so I can swap them out to other Singers if I decide I want to hand crank a different model. And yes, the price of just an original Singer crank itself is steep!  I was just trying to sell the heads as functioning stitchers. Maybe I will just try hunting up random empty Singer treadle cabinets... Or sell some just as heads-only.

Thanks for the input.


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I bought one recently from this seller on eBay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hand-Crank-Fits-Singer-Spoked-Wheel-Sewing-Machines-15-Class-127-128-28-66-99/201547827616?epid=24026884351&hash=item2eed2fc9a0:g:zEAAAOSwJQdW80Zh:sc:USPSFirstClass!97266!US!-1

I asked beforehand if they were the ones with metal gears (they are). You could ask if they check them. Mine is functional but the casting just isn't pretty. It doesn't bind though.

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Thanks Violet, that is good to know! Appreciate the recommendation! 😉
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She said reputable source, not hand cranks.
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I was getting them from Central Michigan Sewing Supplies for $14, until they went up. It was great, ordering four or more for $50 with free shipping. Now, I order them from China on eBay for $11. That's the cheapest I've been able to find online.
They're now made of aluminum, much smoother finish and lighter, and the Chinese writing comes on a peel-off sticker. I prefer the older ones, because they more closely matched the machine finish.
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My friend Kathy says she has three left. https://www.machinelady.com/

That's all I know. Actually, it's not all I know. I asked and she wrote back saying "3/$25" which I am unsure of what that means. It could mean she'd sell all three for 25, or wants 25 each. Might be worth asking: info@machinelady.com

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Thank you vichou007 and Jim! 😉))
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