Category: Lower Extremity Disabilities

Adapted Sewing Machine Controller

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PURPOSE: To enable an individual with quadriplegia to operate a sewing machine. A plywood box was built to house the sewing machine foot pedal. Built into the box was a hinged flap and an inflatable blood pressure cuff attached to a plastic tube. The existing spring on the foot pedal was replaced by a weaker spring that is just strong enough to allow the pedal to return to the off position. When the user blows into the tube, she inflates the blood pressure cuff which presses on the hinged flap which, in turn, depresses the pedal. Once the machine is at the desired speed, the user blocks the air tube with her tongue to keep the machine at the desired speed. To stop the machine, she simply removes her tongue. TITLE: Painting and Sewing Aids. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 24, Number 4, Summer 2004: p. 8-10. PAGES: 4 (including cover).


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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.

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