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Thread: Black crinkle painted Singer 66, hard luck story.

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    Black crinkle painted Singer 66, hard luck story.

    A couple months ago I was watching my favorite sewing machine auction place and spotted a well used black crinkle painted Singer 66-18 ( I think ).

    Nothing special about this old machine except it was a 66 and has the lever to adjust the stitch length and a back tack feature. I had three others and only one has a back tacker so I thought since this one didn't have a case or a cabinet I might clean it up and slip it into a treadle since I want a treadle with a back tack feature. The one thing I did see is that the electrical wiring was bad bad bad. That is nothing I can't and haven't already fixed on a number of machines so that was not a problem. When the machine got here I was heart broken. It was exactly as had been advertised but who ever boxed it up put the bare naked machine motor side down in a loosely packed box filled with packing peanuts and shop debris. The machine obviously shifted through the debris and being motor side down the motor was shattered. It was (is) a Bakelite motor.



    The thread take up lever was also broken off.

    I wanted to cry, then I wanted to strangle the ijit who just tossed a naked machine in a box of debris. And then I just wanted to fix him up and make him run again. I went back to the auction pics and sure enough the take up lever was plainly broken. I just didn't see it. But the motor was clearly undamaged. When my wife saw the condition of the machine and the box of debris she went on the attack. She fired off a really strong email to the auction people and told them all about it. They denied it could be their fault but when we told them there was NO damage to the box so it wasn't tossed about by the UPS people they relented and refunded half our money. I told my wife that I wasn't giving the machine back, I could fix it, all I needed was some parts and a motor. He was named Mr. Crinkle. Yes I'm goofy, I name some of my machines. Mr. Crinkle was set on a shelf wrapped in plastic to keep him from getting dirtier until yesterday. I had ordered a new thread take up lever from an online source and figured it would get here today. I pulled the broken motor off and took it apart. Just for the sake of trying, and the fact that the only source of these motors I've found charges over $60.00 for a used replacement, I decided to see if I could glue the motor housing back together. I have a tube of Loctite Black Max 380 and that stuff is the best adhesive I've ever used. Last night I cleaned the broken pieces and then let them dry. Then one piece at a time I put it back together. Like doing a jig saw puzzle but I did it.

    Put the internal parts in it this morning to see if they'd fit and if the glue had held. They did, and it did. So now I have a repaired motor housing and by the end of today it will be running again. How long it will hold is the question I cannot answer.

    My thread take up lever did come this morning, so hopefully by the end of this day, Mr. Crinkle will be in working order again. I hope.

    Then the task at hand is to find a new case for him. Or ....... maybe I might find a treadle base with no machine??? Could happen, maybe. Or and this is what I'm really thinking of doing, make a special sewing table that I can switch heads in. Most of our machines are Singers and most of them are the same size. Most of the non Singers are also that size so it would be a good thing to make.

    If you're interested, I'll do a part two with the "after" photos. That is "after" I know for sure he'll sew again.

    Joe
    Last edited by J Miller; 02-13-2012 at 01:01 PM.

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    I also had purchased a singer from an auction place and the shipper did not think the machine would get damaged, but he did put insurance on it. I had to send in a claim and pictures of the machine and the box. I got a full refund of my money and I took the machine to my favorite repairman and he fixed her up only paid $4 over what she cost/shp which was returned to me. Have had a few others do the same thing. Figure a heavy machine will never get thrown around. they must be idiots because I am sure they drop a lot of stuff and not necessary to throw it. I am still looking for a thread holder for 3/4 spool Juki babylock serger that was broke.

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    Joe, if you're goofy for naming your machines, then most of us are as well.

    It's too bad the motor casing was broken, but if you're going to treadle the machine, then it won't really matter... Otherwise a nice looking machine.
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Charlee,

    I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with this machine. I'll probably run him electrically at first to make sure he works. After that, I just don't know. Time will tell.

    Joe

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    If your motor doesn't hold together I have a couple of used ones, and I would sell you one. Nice machine...I have a 128 with the crinkle finish, and I like it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    If your motor doesn't hold together I have a couple of used ones, and I would sell you one. Nice machine...I have a 128 with the crinkle finish, and I like it!
    couple around here probably, too...
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    jljack and miriam,

    I'm in the need for a motor for the 66-18 as I really don't hold much hope for that patched together case.
    (miriam, I posted over on the other thread before I read this one so ignore that one if you want.)

    I also need a complete motor, bracket, light, foot controller and wiring set up for the 99K if either of you have such a thing.
    Also need for the 99K, a rotary hook, thread take-up lever, and feed dog screw. Or feed dog with screw.

    Just PM me what you have and we'll get together on it.

    Thanks,

    Joe

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    We need a swap shop on here. I need a light for an e machine and a two wire foot controller. The LQS has one for $15, but I hate to spend that on a $6.99 (plus $20 shipping) machine.

    The 66 is a nice machine. I have a crinkle 128 with black side parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    We need a swap shop on here. I need a light for an e machine and a two wire foot controller. The LQS has one for $15, but I hate to spend that on a $6.99 (plus $20 shipping) machine.

    The 66 is a nice machine. I have a crinkle 128 with black side parts.
    LQS may have a fair price time you consider postage etc.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    There are parts like this on ebay for sale I think.
    Sew, sew, it's the threads that keep love together :>} I love sunbonnet sue,old-fashioned things like 1950's or older housewife things, and like hankies,tea towels and aprons . Thanks to some lovely members on here I now have lots of aprons in my collection !!

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