I have been wanting a hand crank for a few months now. I finally found one I could afford on ebay a couple of months ago. I had to repair the wood base because the seller shipped the base with the machine in it and the back joints were showing signs of stress. I put some liquid nails on it and nails it back. Good as new. Now that it's fixed, I'm ready to play with my Singer Model 15 hand crank. I dated it to 1947 with the serial number. It has a beautiful scroll plate on the side and the hand crank has Chinese characters with the words "Made In The Peoples Republic Of China" which is kind of fun. I'll give it a little oil and wind a bobbin or two and start playing real soon.