DH brought home a...
Singer 66-18(?) in a 3/4 size cabinet today! He says he paid 20 bucks for her. She's Pretty. And she RUNS! By the serial number we've dated her to 1951. After I give her a good going over we're going to make some beautiful memories together.
Anyone have some knowlege to share about this machine, I'm all ears. Pictures to follow.
I have a Singer 66, and in love with her. I don't know what the 18 is, but you will love her.
Since I can't read your post, could you post it again..... I hope you will be able to read mine. I really dislike these bars that hide what you've written!!
Here are some (bad) pictures.
The 66-18 is an oscillating hook, drop in bobbin machine that uses Class 66 bobbins and 15x1 needles.
The needles go in flat to the right and it threads left to right.
It has a stitch control lever with a back tack feature.
It uses low shank feet and attachments.
They use the standard Singer motors that are not the highest amp motors you'll find, but they are strong machines so don't underestimate them.
They sew very nicely.
Easy to clean and maintain, parts are pretty common.
To clean the crinkle finish use cotton balls and oil. You'll be surprised at how well that cleans them up.
Anything else just ask.
Thanks Joe! I'll give her an oil bath today. Do I use 3 in 1 oil to get her lubricated or is there a different type to use?
Sewing machine oil or TriFlow. Everyone seems to agree that 3 in 1 is very bad for sewing machines.
Do not use 3-IN-1 oil to lubricate your machine. That is not good for sewing machines as it tends to gum up. It's OK to use it to clean the outside with the cotton balls, but sewing machine oil is preferred for that too.
Use sewing machine oil to lubricate the machine. Tri-Flow oil available at Sew-Classic and maybe your local bicycle shops is much better than regular sewing machine oil. A bit more expensive, but worth it.
I've got some sewing machine oil from my local Elna dealer on hand. I'll use that to wash her outside. Can I safely use that for the insides, or should I get some Tri-Flow when I'm in town next?
Thanks again for your input. I'm so excited to get her going, but safely.