My DIL bought this Singer 28 hand crank sewing machine at an antique shop a couple years ago and I have wanted to try it. Last weekend I dropped my featherweight about 6-8" and after that it was making a bad noise as well as the stitch speed kept going slower. So, Tuesday I took it to be repaired. I hope it gets done quickly.
In the mean time, I decided to try the hand crank Singer. My DIL said it works, but has some problems.
Below, you can see the bobbin shuttle. I was able to do some piecing with the machine, but then the bobbin thread would just break. The bobbin sometimes seems to get stuck, or the bobbin thread won't come out. I don't know if there is something wrong with the shuttle or what. I ordered some more bobbins on Ebay (amazing) and will see if a new bobbin makes any difference.
It's a very pretty machine!
The other problem with piecing is that you don't have your right hand to help guide the fabric through. This is not good when you have several layers of fabric to sew through and want to keep your points sharp. However, it was kind of fun to use. I hope we can get it fixed.