We all like to conserve a little energy. We turn off lights and unplug unnecessary cords, but would you ever think to sew without electricity? With the Monster II Balance Wheel you can do just that, without sacrificing any sewing power. The Monster II Balance Wheel was designed as an upgrade for the Sailrite Ultrafeed Sewing Machines to allow you to sew powerfully without electricity. Using the hand crank on the Monster II, you can create enough power to sew through a full 8 layers of Sunbrella fabric.
The Monster II Balance Wheel is a Sailrite original and has been crafted for power. This wheel is 7 pounds of solid, nickel-plated steel and twice the size of a typical portable sewing machine balance wheel. When the hand crank is attached, the extra weight of the wheel provides plenty of power to the needle and works with inertia to make hand cranking effortless.
The option to sew without power is great for cruisers conserving power onboard. Even on land, some sewers find that they prefer the slow control they get when hand cranking versus sewing under power.
To use the hand-cranking feature of the Monster II Balance Wheel, first remove the belt from the balance wheel. Then attach the plastic hand crank handle to the wheel, using the Allen wrench. Finally, you may want to unplug the power cord from the back housing above the motor so it doesn’t get in the way of your hand cranking. Once you’re all set up, turn the wheel towards you and begin sewing! If you want to sew in reverse, use the reverse lever.
See the Monster II Balance Wheel in action in this video.
With or without electricity, the Monster II Balance Wheel lets you sew with maximum power and slow, manageable speeds. Upgrade your Ultrafeed to the Monster II at www.sailrite.com.
Do you have any experience with hand-powered sewing? Which way do you prefer to sew?