This is in response to Caffy’s question re my earlier post.
Below is the instruction booklet – ignore comepletely what I said in the comments; the eye of the needle faces the way you are heading. My memory is demonstrably rubbish. If you click on an image below a larger readable version should appear.
This, by the way, is what the rug maker should look like once it is assembled. The forked oblique crank attached to the foot strap hooks onto a screw behind the needle and is then screwed into the post on the right. It is then connected to the main plate by the spring.
I’ve also uploaded a quick video of the rug maker in operation. I don’t know how useful it will be, but fingers crossed. I apologise for the quality, I recorded it on my phone. And perhaps I should have turned my radio off! If I can help further, just ask.