Vintage Singer

Old 08-03-2015, 09:43 AM
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I have a Vintage Singer that use to be my grandmothers. It has an external motor and Knee lever. Model # AC143637. Can anyone tell me where I might find a manual on how to use and thread this machine. Where I can find bobbins and needles? It needs a little TLC, wiring and a new belt. But, I'm confident it can be fixed.


It's in pretty good shape. Just needs a little TLC. The cabinet, not so much. But, that is the way I received it.

This is the machine my grandmother used back in the day when she was a factory worker. When the factory shut down, they told my grandma she could have the machine.
Thank you for any info you can give me. Or point me in the right direction.

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Old 08-03-2015, 10:45 AM
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Your machine is a Model 66, 1 of 35,000 allotted May 5, 1928.

NEEDLES:
Needle system: 15x1
On needle packages you'll find this info:

Singer: 2020 (15x1), 2026 Denim/Jeans, 2045 Ball Points
Schmetz: 130/705H 15x1H
Organ: HAx1 130/705H 15x1

BOBBINS:
Class 66 metal bobbins are OEM type.
However you can use the Class 66 plastic bobbins if you have them.
(Best metal ones I've found are at Sew-Classic { http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/ }


BELTS:
Motor belt:
193077
( Also available at Sew-Classic )


ACCESSORIES:
Accessories and presser feet are Low Shank design.

LUBRICANTS:
MACHINE;
Singer sewing machine oil or equivalent.

MOTOR;
Singer motor lube in the tube grease.
If that can’t be found use petroleum jelly as a substitute.
Do not use any synthetic or high temperature grease in the motor.
( Nova Montgomery sells an equivalent lube here: { http://www.novamontgomery.com/shop/S...t-x4312153.htm }
I haven't tried it yet, but at least one other QB member has.

The manual can be found as a download at { http://www.singerco.com/support/instruction-manuals }


Hope this helps some.

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Joe I think you have it covered.
I will add a 66 is the machine that got me hooked on vintage machines.
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Awesome Joe, Thank you so much. I am printing it out now!!

Rodney, thanks for also coming to my aid. I appreciate it!

I can't wait to get her fixed and try her out.
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Awesome Joe, Thank you so much. I am printing it out now!!

Rodney, thanks for also coming to my aid. I appreciate it!

I can't wait to get her fixed and try her out.
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I have a Singer 66 that I just love to use.. It hums.. You can download the manual for free. I hope you enjoy her.
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I converted my 66 into my treadle machine, very cool that you have your grandmothers, with history!
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I have revived a lot of Singer 66 machines. They usually are pretty bullet proof - I might have one out of 20 or 30 that I really don't want to repair - it is one that the refurbish failed utterly ages ago, then was left for rust. It does have a couple good parts. A really helpful manual was TFSR http://www.tfsr.org/publications/tec...achine_manual/
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I have used the Nova Lube(Thanks again for the info Joe) Being a vintage newbie myself- It does seem to run smoother and quieter, I am pleased.
Love my vintage,(1951, 15-91) love that I will have it for the rest of my life. The more I use it the better I love it!
So-- Congrats on your new/old Heirloom!
PS: my grandmother was a Hand quilter, boy do I wish I had inherited her quilting frames!!
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Originally Posted by Judith1005 View Post
It's in pretty good shape. Just needs a little TLC. The cabinet, not so much. But, that is the way I received it.
I noticed that nobody addressed the fact that the slide plate (also called bobbin plate) isn't on.
Everyone (and I mean everyone) tries to put these on the same way, sliding it from the left. Well Singer designed this plate so it goes in the opposite way: Slide it in from the right, going under the needle, and it will click into place easily.

That bobbin looks like a 15 bobbin. If the slide plate won't close with it in there, you'll know why - they're larger than the right ones.
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