1907 Singer Sewing Machine Model 66
Offered by Frank Allnutt. A collector's dream. Loaded with attachments—and some hidden treasures!
Looks great, runs great. Cabinet's five drawers have intricate carvings. And it comes with lots of accessories—44 in all! User Manual included. But there's more!
The treadle’s wood shows signs of surface wear, but is in good condition for its age. No warping or cracks in the wood. I thought about sanding and re-varnishing it, but decided not to disturb the patina so the buyer could do what she or he desires. Applying some elbow grease to the cast iron parts brought out the glossy back lacquer and made it look like new! What's more, the wheels on each of the four legs are still intact and are in good working condition.
Please scroll down for more pictures and the intriguing story behind them. Terms: Cash upon pickup near Salida, Colorado. Or, buyer buys through PayPal and makes own arrangements for pickup, packaging and shipping (there is a local company that can do this).
Acquiring a Singer had been an item on my bucket list for decades. Every one or two times a year I had to sew something I longed for the old Singers I used in the Navy. You see, I was a parachute rigger back in the ‘50s, and part of my job was to repair chutes and flight gear worn by pilots and crew. That’s why, at jump school at Naval Air Station. Lakehurst, New Jersey, part of my training was how to use Singer sewing machines.
Well, a while back I came across this one. It's not electric, but operates by rocking a treadle with both fee. But it was seized—frozen stiff—and wouldn't work. No doubt the lubricants had dried out over years of non use. The leather treadle belt was brittle and broken and needed to be replaced. I wondered what else was wrong with the old machine. Even so, I took a chance and brought it home.
And boy, was I glad I did!I replaced some parts, applied penetrating oil to everything that should move, and gave it a thorough cleaning. Then I oiled here and there, and made some adjustments. In the end, I finally got the machine humming like new! I’ll admit that it took me a while to coordinate turning the fly wheel with my right hand and operating the treadle with both feet. But, in short order I got the knack of it.
I never kept track of the hours it took me to restore this beautiful antique. But, I'm getting ahead of myself.
After I brought the Singer home, I began opening the five drawers. And what I found was...well, I was stunningly surprised and overwhelmed with amazement!
First of all, I discovered a treasure trove of 44 accessories, including an embroidery attachment, still in the original box!And under that a folded instruction pamphlet.
But the best was yet to come! Under the instructions for the embroidery attachment was a folded, tattered and fragile sheet of paper, amber with age from the World War I era. It is titled: “A Beginner’s Sock Rule Authorized by the Southwestern Division of American Red Cross.” (Not included in this offering.)
In the back of one of the five drawers was what looked to be a doll’s bonnet. But it was actually a pin cushion. Was it store-bought? Or, did the lady who owned the machine make it? This pin cushion is included with the sewing machine.
I’ve been wondering: How many generations might have used this Singer over the span of 109 years since 1907—as many as a half dozen perhaps? Who was this talented seamstress who used the Singer’s 44 accessories? Where did she live?
Well, it’s been fun to bring the old Singer back to life—and to sew a few things with it. Having an old Singer like this is something I’ve wanted to do for years. However, I have to face reality: The foot treadle and my bad hip are not a compatible match. So, I’ve decided to make the Singer available to someone who can better make use of it. What a collector's treasure!Here’s what’s in the package I’m offering:
An Original 1907 Singer Model 66 Treadle Sewing Machine, Serial Number H1552281, Manufactured on August 6, 1907, the first year this model was made (according to Singer history, which I accessed on the Internet).
(Oops! Threat spool is upside down. Should unwind from left side.)
The machine itself is in excellent operating condition. Nice even stitches. I’ve used it several times, and it runs as smooth and as fast as I can peddle the treadle.
The machine’s decals are of the rare Peacock design. (Even Wikipedia doesn’t have a picture!) Parts of decals on machine, as well as the wood, show expected signs of wear, as pictured. Just think of all the sewing and embroidery done on the old Singer over 109 years! Like they say: “They just don’t make ‘em like that any more!”
These items are included in the offering:
A grand collection of 44 Accessories, 12 bobbins (not all for the Model 66), and tools. Includes an embroidery attachment and instructions in the original box. (I estimate the attachments alone are worth more than $700.) While the Singer works wonderfully at straight and simple sewing, I never tried any of the accessories, so I can’t vouch for their reliability. At least one attachment has a duplicate. Four old needles in a (worn) original package. The loaded needle is new for heavy material (denim).
A reproduced Instruction Manual (29 pages, 8.5” x 11” for the Singer Model 66, that includes instructions for just the handful of attachments that came with the machine). (The manual can also be downloaded.)
A Bonnet Pin Cushion. Manufactured or hand-made? I don’t know.
The Singer and included items can be purchased and picked up at our place near Salida, Colorado. We are happy to help arrange shipping for items that are local pick up only. Please email us to discuss. Questions are welcomed.