Singer treadle sewing machinesdating

The Singer class 66 models were heavy duty domestic sewing machines that set the standard for several decades, and indeed the Class 66 bobbin and the 66 style horizontal oscillating hook arrangement are still in use on many ‘new’ sewing machines today.

Because the 66K’s were full size machines weighing around 30lbs, they were usually sold in treadle tables or cabinets, although some hand cranked models, and later on some electric models, were also sold.

2 basic weakness of the Singer 66K design were that it did not have a reverse feed feature and it was unable to drop its feed dogs, which meant that a cover plate of some kind had to be used for embroidery or darning.

The first Singer 66K’s made at the Kilbowie plant in Scotland wore ‘Lotus’ flower decals.

When the Class 66 appeared it was considered an engineering masterpiece, able to sew any thickness of fabric from fine silk to heavy canvas.Later models of the 66K wear the rather plainer basic decal that was also used on the Singer 99K.In America the Singer 66 ‘Red Eye’ decal was a very colourful machine.The machines were usually stripped down, re-japanned and then when they were rebuilt they would be fitted with non-Singer motor kits and put into non-Singer cases which were made for the purpose by third parties.When 66K machines were refinished in this way the original Singer badge had to be removed and the gold Singer logo and decals were lost.

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