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    Junior Member ArlaJo's Avatar
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    Old machine

    Several years ago I bought an old Singer in a cabinet at a local thrift store.
    Now I am trying to find out what I have. I have a serial number but all I know
    is that it's at least 40 years old. I need to buy a new cord because its been fried
    so I can't be sure if it works, But it will if there is a way I can do it.
    Now, how do I date it? I am sure someone can help me.
    Thanks

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    If you post a picture, people can help you identify the model. Here's the Singer site that will date your machine: http://www.singerco.com/support/machine-serial-numbers

    This site is very fun- there's a step-by-step to identify your machine by its features. http://www.sandman-collectibles.com/...r-machines.htm

    There is also a site where you can download a free manual for your machine after you figure out what model you have. You don't have to pay for a manual. I don't seem to have that site bookmarked, but someone will have it if you post and ask.

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    Free manual at www.singerco.com
    I've seen cords at sew-classic.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Thanks I will post pictures today.

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    I will try to post pictures. My first attempt at this. Thanks for any help

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    Looks like a Singer 66.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Neat machine. It looks a lot like one I picked up in a thrift shop for $10. It's an upholstery machine & a Kenmore. The cord also needed to be replaced. I took pictures of it, the cord, etc then went to the hardware stores looking in the electrical dept. wound up getting a new cord at Lowes. It wasn't difficult to put on & it sews beautifully. My machine uses large metal bobbins and came with lots of attachments.
    since your's is a Singer I'd start by looking up the serial # on their website
    Good luck
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    yes, it is a crinkle(or godzilla) finish Singer 66, born August 26, 1948 as part of an allotment of 35,000 machines. This finish was common during the war and during the post-war recovery. It is a workhorse of a machine, with bobbins and needles available widely.
    It is missing it's bobbin winder assembly, but these are easy to get. I recommend Sew-Classic...
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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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    ArlaJo,

    It's a 66-18. One of 35,000 machines allotted August, 26 1948.

    Joe

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    makitmama,

    Look again, the bobbin winder assembly is right there on the belt guard by the hand wheel.

    Joe

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    Gosh, I have 5 66's and they all have a thread channel in front of the winder. They are earlier, tho
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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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    Well duh. It also has reverse, a different stitch length indicator, and a thread guide on the base.
    Cil



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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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    thanks everyone. I have never been so interested in these machines before. So now the question is... can I clean it up myself and repair it or will I need to have it done. I would really like to do it myself unless it's way beyond my abilities.

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    ArlaJo,

    They are simple. All you need is a few screw drivers, get good ones like the gunsmiths use, some oil (Tri-Flow is recomended ) and some cotton balls or soft cloth to clean with.

    That is really about it.

    Joe

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    and go watch Muv's video on cleaning - she rocks!!!
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    I have a crinkle 66 too...it is a nice sewer and actually quite desirable. Enjoy it. Parts are easy to find.

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    This is a simple machine to work on.

    shop.sew-classic.com can sell you a replacement motor, cords and foot control, all wired up for you for about $25 - piece 'a' cake to replace them and you'll have peace of mind about running the machine with safe and sound wiring in place. You'll probably need a replacement belt, too.

    Takes a standard 15x1 (HAx1, 2020) needle and a class 66 bobbin.

    There are some excellent tutorials for cleaning the operating parts of the machine right here on this board. I always recommend the Tools for Self Reliance site, as well: http://www.tfsr.org/publications/tec...achine_manual/ These guides cover the 66, 99, 201 and class 15 machines and with all the pictures and easy to understand directions, they're a prize for any machine refurbisher, especially a beginner.

    It's a wonderful hobby and I hope you have a lot of fun with it!

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