Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main > For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
Singer 66-16 machine wont work Help >

Singer 66-16 machine wont work Help

Singer 66-16 machine wont work Help

Old 06-12-2018, 07:29 AM
  #1  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Houston texas
Posts: 5
Default Singer 66-16 machine wont work Help

I was gifted a singer 66 sewing machine. It worked fine but after it was painted and the decals put on it stopped working. Im hoping someone on here knows how to make it work again. Please message me if you know how. Maybe it might have to be rewired? Im not sure but I wouldnt mind paying to get it working again. Its a beautiful machine and I would love to see it restored to its full working condition.

Last edited by Lady_Bird777; 06-12-2018 at 07:47 AM.
Lady_Bird777 is offline  
Old 06-12-2018, 07:39 AM
  #2  
Super Member
 
leonf's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: near Topeka kansas
Posts: 4,524
Default

First of all, take off the belt and see if it turns freely by hand. What did it do when you had it plugged in and pushed the controller?

welcome to the board.
leonf is offline  
Old 06-12-2018, 07:47 AM
  #3  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Houston texas
Posts: 5
Default

It use to turn without the belt when I moved the wheel but now that its been painted It wont move.
When I plugged it in and pressed the peddal the belt moves but thats about it. The needle or any of the parts under the machine dont move
Lady_Bird777 is offline  
Old 06-12-2018, 07:54 AM
  #4  
Super Member
 
leonf's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: near Topeka kansas
Posts: 4,524
Default

Ok unplug it.
The problem is not in the motor. A 66 in great shape should spin 3 revolutions with a quick flick of the hand wheel.

Did you tear down the machine before the painting? Mask off the bits you didn't want painted? Will it wiggle back and forth at all?

Did you lube it after the paint? Will the handwheel spin with the clutch knob disengaged?
leonf is offline  
Old 06-12-2018, 07:57 AM
  #5  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 1,963
Default

The hand wheel doesn't move? Inspect jonts and parts for messy paint job. The hand wheel should turn easily. There are lots of oil points you need to give a drop of oil on a regular basis; behind the face plate, bobbin case area, on top, under the base, ever join, hinge, where metal moves against metal. Very basic; but the chromed stop motion screw might need tightening, parts behind there can be assebled the wrong way if you just have it back home from the paint shop. This is a very sturdy model, and should be easy to sort out.
Mickey2 is offline  
Old 06-12-2018, 08:03 AM
  #6  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Houston texas
Posts: 5
Default

It wont wiggle at all. Its pretty stiff. I've tried spinning/moving the handwheel but nothing. I think maybe he got water on it because there is rust on some of the inside parts where there wasnt before. I think either the paint or the rust is what's preventing it from moving. Ive lubed up the points on the machine that the manual said needed lube but It still wont go.
Im not sure he masked off any of the bits before painting it. Looks like he just sprayed it down with paint
Lady_Bird777 is offline  
Old 06-12-2018, 08:06 AM
  #7  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Houston texas
Posts: 5
Default

Do you think a sewing machine repair place would know how to repair an older machine like this?
I wouldnt mind paying someone to fix it.
I think I've tried everything.
Lady_Bird777 is offline  
Old 06-12-2018, 08:20 AM
  #8  
Super Member
 
leonf's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: near Topeka kansas
Posts: 4,524
Default

Whoa..so all your chrome bits are now painted, also? That is certainly the problem. Paint glues stuff together pretty well. Ever try to open a window that has been painted shut? Rust should not be the result of a paint job either.

Much as I hate to say this....How much do you love your machine? If you find an old sewing machine guy to do this Big IF. it will cost a lot. Younger techs generally don't have much interest in our old beasties. 66s aren't so rare that you can't find a working one. And don't take it to the same "painter".

I was thinking "easy fix" till we got more details.
leonf is offline  
Old 06-12-2018, 08:21 AM
  #9  
Super Member
 
leonf's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: near Topeka kansas
Posts: 4,524
Default

Hate that you spent money for the painter and the decals and it is currently a shelf queen.
leonf is offline  
Old 06-12-2018, 08:31 AM
  #10  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 1,963
Default

It sounds terrible from your description. If the work shop has taken the bother to order a new set of decals it should in theory give a nice result. A good paint job is worth it if you can afford the money and you get the result you like, I understand you well; but like leonf mentions, it cost less to find a machine in reasonably good condition. Personally I accept a few signs of age and use, but I clean, polish and give it a few touch ups.

With a bit of luck; try to find the spots where the paint glues part stuck, you might be able to force the parts free, cut it with a racor blade or thin blade knife. Can you post a picture?
Mickey2 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
alaska_guy
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
18
08-01-2017 09:40 PM
foufymaus
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
1
02-29-2016 04:36 PM
Nanasrcool
Main
79
10-10-2011 05:10 PM
sunnyhope
Main
18
09-14-2009 07:48 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter