Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Video Tutorial: Convert a Sewing Machine to Handcrank Operation

My new, pretty, pink Atlas sewing machine had a big problem: no functioning wiring. I believe I have a true DIY spirit, but when the terms "solder" and "flux" and "heat shrink tubing" are mentioned, my eyes glaze over. Actually I did try a bit of soldering a few years back, at the frenzied insistence of my Asperger's son, who was desperate for us to jointly rewire the world. It didn't go too well.

So although I do intend to learn basic wiring skills some day, it hasn't happened yet, what with leaky basements, work and obsessions of various kinds.

But then I remembered my semi-abandoned handcrank conversion kit, slumbering peacefully on the flank of a decrepit Singer 128. Here is how they came together.


  1. This is awesome! I have a few oldies that I've been contemplating converting, thanks for the video!

    1. So glad it was helpful, Miss Sews-it-all! I tried to put in there all the info that I was wondering about when I was contemplating ordering the crank and handwheel. Good luck with your conversion!