Singer 66-16

Old 02-14-2015, 03:52 PM
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I just picked up a Singer 66-16 machine from a 70 year old gal who said it was her mothers. She said it hasn't been oiled for over 40 years. It looks pretty good other than the hinge to the cabinet keeps coming out of the machine. Is there a fix or does anyone know why this is happening?? The machine runs so quiet I don't think I've ever heard one run quite that quiet., but until I get it cleaned and oiled I'll have to wait with using it. Thanks for your help
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There should be a screw on the machine where the hinge pin inserts that you tighten down to keep it in place.
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I'll look for it tomorrow, I'm too tired tonight. Thanks
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66's are really nice machines. I've got so many ..... well, I like 'em.

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Maybe someone tried to take the machine out of the cabinet and didn't know how.
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Originally Posted by jmabby View Post
I just picked up a Singer 66-16 machine from a 70 year old gal who said it was her mothers. She said it hasn't been oiled for over 40 years. It looks pretty good other than the hinge to the cabinet keeps coming out of the machine. Is there a fix or does anyone know why this is happening?? The machine runs so quiet I don't think I've ever heard one run quite that quiet., but until I get it cleaned and oiled I'll have to wait with using it. Thanks for your help
What Joe said - unless your machine is actually in a portable case (those are much less obvious).
The hinge pins are also often loose at the head end. Single screw there too.
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What Mark said. Very easy fix as long as the screw is still there. I like 66s too. My main machine was a 66 for quite a while.
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The 66-16 has a nice large area inside the throat - bigger than a redeye
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Originally Posted by Rodney View Post
What Mark said.
That's what I meant (oops)
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The 66-16 has a nice large area inside the throat - bigger than a redeye
Really???? The redeye is a 66-1, the 66-16 uses the same body with only the stitch controls changed. I have examples of both and from what I can tell they are exactly the same size.

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