|My new baby! A vintage 1938 electric Singer 66.|
|Stitch length selector- the numbers correspond to how many stitches per inch you can get.|
I love that I can take him this machine and he knows exactly what it is, when it was made, and what it needs. From the looks of it she only needs a new belt, the front slide cover for the bobbin area, a thread spool, etc. Some really inexpensive things. The motor runs great! So, we'll see!
I did a little research and here's what I found out:
-Based on the serial number beginning with the letters AE873756 the Singer website says this machine was made in 1938! (75 years old)
- It's a Singer 66-18. The "18" signifies that it is the electrical version of the Singer 66 which was also made as a treadle machine.
- It has a black crinkle finish which is an industrial type finish. It is very hard and is baked on the machine. This black crinkle finish is also referred to as the Godzilla finish.
- This machine does NOT have a back tack (back stitching) feature and definitely no zig-zag. Just a straight stitch. From the looks of it the Singer 66s made in 1940 and beyond had the back stitching functionality.
- The foot pedal as shown in the picture below looks like it's just hanging and the cord is not long enough to reach the floor. The reason is that the foot pedal was set up on the right side inside the cabinet and was used by pushing the foot pedal knob in with your knee.
|Singer 66-18 in what seems to be the original cabinet with pedal hanging.|
I know I'm not the only one who collects sewing machines! How about you? Do you have a vintage machine in your collection?