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Thread: The Beginning of a New Project (1910 Singer 66 hand crank conversion)

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    Junior Member Kittywolf13's Avatar
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    Red face The Beginning of a New Project (1910 Singer 66 hand crank conversion)

    So about a month or so ago i attended a Treadle On gathering (or as they call it a TOGA, Treadle On Gathering & Academy) were there is lots of fun and learning and raffles! my boyfriend graciously tagged along and i gave him one of my raffle tickets and asked him to pick a machine and put my ticket in. To my surprise and glee he had won me a 1910 Singer 66 Red Eye. She is worn, beat up a bit... BUT with a little gentle cleaning, she moves super smoothly.

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    (still need to polish up her shiny bits. )

    I had also purchased a Singer 99 at the event and thought about converting it to a hand crank.

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    (she's on her hand made custom table! she also has a suitcase!)

    bought a hand crank assembly and went home. After that i thought... "Huh the 99 has its own motor and custom built table stand... but the 66 needs a treadle cabinet, to which i neither can afford nor have room for at the moment." So i decided to convert the 66 to a hand crank instead. Ironically i had already left the event where i could also have purchased the wooden box for my 66 to sit in, but the lady selling them kindly sold me one online and the box arrived today! Her father of 84 years hand builds the boxes! This one needs to be finished, but is cherry wood. its beautiful and will make my Singer 66 a happy machine!

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    So this is the beginning of my first extensive sewing machine project outside of cleaning and maintaining. I was curious to know if anyone would be interested in me photographing my progress as a tutorial of sorts? I'm new to this sort of thing, but ive heard it isn't too difficult So let me know! if not enjoy my story and i will update with pics as they come along!
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle
    Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight
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    Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

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    Yes, please do!
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    I did this a couple of months ago- and I wish I had photo'd all the process. You have a nice new machine to make comfortable in your home, which is always fun. Or most always...
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    (proud caretaker of a magenta 221, purple 222, assorted 66's, a 301, a pink Atlas and Monarch, and Granny's 201-2.

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    momto5, Will do then! and i'll be sure to do it with my good camera so i dont have these quick cellphone pics.

    makitmama, i hate when i think after a project (i should have taken photos!) I hope she sews as well as she now turns after a nice bath of sewing machine oil. Oh ive been meaning to ask, are you a fan of Totoro? or just find the pic cute. :3

    on a random note, i am debating on whether i want to draw something on the side of the box or not? hmm
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle
    Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight
    my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758
    Flower, Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66
    Singer 99K
    Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

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    I'm looking forward to the pictures and story.

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    Thanks lynncat!
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle
    Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight
    my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758
    Flower, Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66
    Singer 99K
    Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

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    Most of the real old 66s that I have seen don't have a machine boss. They had motors but were attached by some other creative means than the little raised notch on the end of the machine. If you do not have that notch the HC won't fit. The 99 does have a motor boss so the HC will fit it.
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    Would you be able to share the link to the handmade boxes. I really want one for my 201-3 machine - the cabinet is toast. Not sure if that model fits into a box? But the box is a great idea.

    Love your machines by the way!

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    I'm looking forward to following your progress Kittywolf.

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    I hope that's not the case Miriam. I want my singer to work! Lol I have set out everything in the same area to see how. I think I'm missing a screw too but I have to find some information. I just really didn't want convert the 99 after seeing how smoothly she runs with her motor and she has her custom table and suitcase and everything. She's perfect that way. I'll see or I'll get inventive.

    Vannginney, I can send your email or you can join Treadle On and look for it in the marketplace. I'll private message you her email.

    Thank you little quilting bear!i can't wait to start!
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle
    Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight
    my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758
    Flower, Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66
    Singer 99K
    Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

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