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there seems to be heaps of old time kiddies sewing machines on ebay at the moment ....worldwide.... ive found only a couple on youtube being driven by steam.....and they are cheap!!!! $30....$50 being average.... cheaper than some wilesco tools/acessories....these are easily converted to be driven by a engine........how big of an engine?? well one vid shows a wilesco d20 driving one....im almost certain a se3 would
and another..... im resonablely sure a perseus would power something like this
shhhh dont tell liz i have a bid on one for her birthday
will know tommorow......its like the one in the first vid and its in working order and it really sews
I've thought of that linkup as well. I think it to be a good one.
Good luck and hope you win it for her, think she'd like that. I know I would!
Here's an old (very low-fi) video of one being driven by my M101:
The Bowman adverts implied that the M101 could power a full size one.
The problem I had was that the sewing machine didn't have a pulley, so I had to rig up some Meccano to turn the handle. Obviously not intended to be powered by anything other than small hand, despite the fact that it was made by Plank.
A nice Meccano set-up, and I really like the drive dog linkage that you used!
Neat project. Manufactures often gave these away with purchase of a full size one. I have a friend with a couple of nice little Singers. However, prime candidates, given the name, might be the ones made by Ernst Plank, such as these