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October 6, 2014

Another mod to my 1954 Elna Grasshopper

Filed under: heart, home — fairyguts @ 5:43 am

I turned my electric Elna Grasshopper into a treadle table sewing machine. Well, I didn’t use it very much until we moved into our new home and found out quickly that leaving the flywheel brake on the machine was silly.  So I removed it.  Here are some photos – mostly incase I ever decide to put it back on the machine!

First, I disconnected the machine from the table top and turned it over.

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Remove the engine casing (engine is already gone).

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Notice that the knee-brake rod maintains its tension against the flywheel through the spring held to the rod via an inset screw and against the machine through a hole.

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Notice, specifically, the turns of the spring and the location of the spring screws in case I want to put it back on someday.

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Loosen the spring screw on the knee-brake rod, remove rod from the other side of the machine. Neglect to photograph any of that.

Screw machine back to the table top. Resume sewing.


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