I recently discovered another nice feature of my W&G hand-crank machine. It makes a GREAT laptop sewing machine in the car! In the bad photo below, I have it comfortably sitting on my lap while sewing a few half-square triangles.
I was able to sew easily while the car was parked, but also while moving. FUN!! I don't think I could do this with any of my other much heavier larger hand-crank machines.
1886 Willcox & Gibbs chainstitcher as a traveling laptop sewing machine