Vintage sewing machine Fun !!

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    im just having fun with this old machines , this one is a type of model 66 if im not mistaken , but is a good solid machine , did some maintenance , the old clear poly coat on the paint will show a diferent color in some pics but overall it looks good


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    Man that is truly gorgeous.

    I've always wanted one of those vintage singers badly.. they can sew through crazy thick canvas and leather without blinking.

    You've got some serious skills to know how to repair it and understand what's going on with the inner workings.. The only way I envisioned myself owning and using one would be to buy a stupid expensive refurbished one unfortunately.

    Really good stuff.. wish I had that kind of skillset.
     
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    Wow, what model? I'm guessing it's from ~1950?
     
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    It is a model 66 I have the same machine except mine is a handcrank
     
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    Thanks plumberoy. I was going to guess model 15.

    I don't know much about these old machines but helped my dad fix up a few. Last one was a vintage copy of a Singer model 20. Tiny little hand crank thing that only does a chain stitch. I guess when the patent ran out everybody started making them.

    Anyway cool stuff Mr Soze. Neat to see an old machine fixed up. I'm amazed you could still get brushes for it. And all the material you sewed... what a tough machine.
     
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    My mom used to have one of these just like yours when I was growing up handed down from her mom. It came in a special sewing desk where the machine was stored upside down in the table. She used it the whole time I was growing up. I'm 47 now. They just don't make machines like they used to. Great job on the restoration. Its a good looking machine that should do you right for another few decades.
     
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    Thanks - I have the same model my Grandfather converted to Electric back in '27...1927. Dad used it for years to sew upholstery for Model A and T seats and roofs. Now I have it. Great machine, quite literally built to last for several lifetimes, the old school American way.

    If you are looking for one of these beuties, be careful, Chinese fakes have flooded the North American market in recent years.

    Thanks for the image of the parts, now I can get some extra parts ahead.

    Edit to add
    Singer Sewing Machine Company Serial Numbers

    Singer Sewing Machine Photo Gallery To Identify Models (those crazy brits collect everything)

    The Vintage Singer Sewing Machine Blog: A Look at Spoked Handwheels
    about fake or crappy Chinese Singer parts.
     
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    that thing is beautiful.
     
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    Model 66s can be had for under 150 dollars. And that's cleaned, timed and serviced.

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    One of these days I am going to have to make the investment in time and money to get one of those into my shop and learn to run it. Seems like an extremely useful item and skill to have. It is great that you have an understanding of how that thing works. When I look at a sewing machine it just looks like a confusing contraption that may as well be magic. I can see myself sewing along and then as soon as some simple issue comes up, instead of being able to trouble shoot and fix it I would smash it with a hammer and run screaming from the room.
     
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    Get one man, they usually just stuck because the old grease dried up inside them and blocked the shafts , some have the carbon brushes cracked inside the engine , easy fix , then some have the wires all dried up ,eas fix, otherwise they are running and timed ok , just make sure the bobbin assembly is all there
    The grimyer and if stuck or broken wires ...the cheaper , the one I have is a big one and is bombproof , if I break this machine with normal use....I want someone to punch knock me out because I might have become retarded

    AA317005 Mine is a model 66 , made in march 4 ,1925 , 50K pieces made ,then they changed serial nrs
     
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    Great machine !
    Love the Singer logo & its symbolishs.
    Then its motor 'specs. Reminds well many rural power systems were rudimentry & non standardised.

    Among others...
    I have a '66 clone made in "Occupied Japan". Aside from metric threads, Mechanically identical and works equally well as Singer. But, interesting that its notably crappy for fit & finish compared to Singer.
    It illustrates well how "Made in Japan" was considered shoddy crap.
     
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    Beautiful machine! And good on you for knowing how to keep it stitching!
     
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    when in high-school long time ago... in shop class i used to wire rotors for small engines like this but in 210-220 Volts , i used to know the numbers of wires that go in each coil and the impedance, induction magnetic flux ,air gap, flux and all that stuff i forgot , needed
    but now i just monkey around with splicing wires and matching foot pedals to amperage ...is sad, nobody wanted to hire me when i was young because i didn't have experience -catch 22 routine , LOL

    national sewing machine company r40

    this aint cheap ,and is electrically and mechanically ....Very interesting and simple ? design.... ok im just gonna go with differently awesome ...but it works excellent after i de greased and unstuck it...because it was like stuck in concrete and the wires were oxidation and fuzzed

    now it sews with a very specific Attitude ...i mean is Something to feel and hear - i need to get another new soft rubber engine attachment for the motor axle to machine pulley
    I cleaned it and oiled it better since this pics and is sewing perfect ,also it winds the bobbins excellent and simple

    I think is alive ...like a transformer Decepticon !!


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    Those are the kind of things we made, back when, we made things in America.
     
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    I've got an old singer that's my only machine. I did some research and figured that for the material that I wanted to work with -canvas and leather - a modern plastic machine wouldn't cut it so I tracked down this beauty.
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    I make everything with it. She isn't fast or fancy but it'll drive nails in a straight line.
     
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    SUPER tuned and timed, it basically flies ....off the table at max speed

    not bad for a $12.00 piece of junk ,LOL

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    thick nylon thread -thats also like 25 years old LMAO

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    buffed up bobbin and case



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    Original accessories and box


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    Sweet stitch length adjust-ability -super easy....front and back -both adjustable - is crazy !!


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    like i say, this frigging thing ...is something !! the foot is designed so the machine doesn't care if it goes front or back stitch -is the same thing , you can basically turn it over on reverse and sew on it like is in front


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    Beautiful machines bro! If I knew how to use one I'd have one. :3:
     
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    Most fabric store run basic classes on using sewing machines. Cost is very reasonable. Learn to do basic stitches and make button hole than go find your own Model 66. My adult son taught himself how to sew by looking at on-line lessons.

    Then start making your own custom gear, just like you want!
     
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    With a simple belt tensión adjustment you can make that machine fast or slow , if is to slow spray in some silicon lube instead of oil to dissolve the old Vaseline grime , then adjust the belt so is not that tense Or get a modern belt for $6
     
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    My wife collects Singer Featherweights, she has lots of them and can do just about anything on them to get them all tuned up and running, which is interesting since she's really not that mechanical. What all this meant was I had to read all of the manuals and related stuff that she's collected over the years and at least pretend I was interested.
    What I did find very interesting is that back in the day Singer owned and operated it's own sawmill in Canada. All they did was produce the wood used to make the cases for the featherweights and a sewing table, kinda like a card table with an inset for the machine to set in. They didn't make a lot of those tables compared to other products and they are pretty collectible now days. The feather weight was introduced at the 1933 Worlds Fair in Chicago, it's basically the same design as the other machines but the body is made of cast aluminum instead of cast iron. It weighted 11 pounds, quite the achievement of industrial art for the time. But in 1933 there was a significant number of my family who didn't have electricity on the farm yet so the old petal Singer was still the gold standard in making shirts and quilts from flour sacks. You can still get the round leather belts to make those things go too. My Mom got her Singer Featherweight in 1955, she still has it and it still works.
    Singers are a true American Marvel, they also made them in England too, but with a funky euro motor.
     
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    Oh! That Singer is beautiful!!!!!
     
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    I have been introducing my grand niece into sewing and she is doing great .
    I've been collating machines for years and add my dad's collection to mine . Antique children's sewing machines and singer hand crank jobs .
    as well as other machines from the 50's and 60's.
    Machines have come a long way in the last 100 years, but I agree the older are simpler and tougher.
    I was visiting Escondido and found a sewing machine shop with lots ( the shop is packed full) of antiques all restored .
    I'll try to find the name/address of it if any one is interested .
    Not many people sew, and fewer are interested in the quality antiques ,I can't understand it .
    Times aren't tough enough yet.
     
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    15-91 singer direct drive motor, reverse , big bobbin side load, oscillating hook, stitch length , fancy wood cabinet, brass hardware with copper plate , knee pedal ,
    Diamond in a Coal---Score , some before pictures before i forget, was of course stuck full of dry Vaseline grime and thick layers of oil and nicotine on outside ,
    already unstuck and running , i got to really clean , air-blow, and re grease , but is running perfect ,
    i will rejuvenate the paint with car paint buffing compound , wood will be sanded and restored, all hardware will be polished ....will keep this one n the living room for guests to sew on when visiting with kids , im gonna have ready some zipper sewed in pouches for all who want to make one while visiting

    before -as nasty- garage stored as they get-full of dead spiders inside


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    Excellent! I've always wanted a vintage machine, but have too many other things going on. Just seeing photos and progress is really cool though.
     
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    I picked up this 66 today, can't wait to get into it. @Keyser Söze, thanks for this thread and your help.
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    thanks keyser for some great memorys..my grandmother was a seamstress for her n papaws cleaning shop for about 50 years..hers was a treadle type that had been converted to electric...when i was a little man she taught me how to sew many things ...she also made my my graduation suit, very sharp blazer...those old singers were made to last n work....
     
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    Beautiful old machine! I have my Grandma's old Singer and we use it as a night stand by our bed. Can't remember what model it is, so I will have to open it up to check. I have all the old tools and attachments that she had with it too.
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    That's a red eye model , never sell it
     
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    What does the red eye model mean? I assume it's the red ovals that look like eyes on each side of the Singer name.

    L8R,
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    Just sharing my two :4:
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    This one works, but.. I need to send it out to be " Rebuilt / Refurbished " ??
     
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