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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Singers 66 and 127 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 3/11/13 3:52 AM

While visiting a charity shop, my DH and I saw these two old, dirty Singers in the corner. We went home, checked online and decided to go back and buy one. Bought both! One was manufactured in 1937, before the war, and the other in 1915, during WW I, both on Clydebank, Scotland. I have since been immersed in WD40 and sewing machine oil, cleaning out the grime of the ages. They are treadles and have that smooth action of the old Singers. I just love them. At the moment, the bobbin winder is in pieces in little dishes awaiting a de-greasing, but the head of 1937 is mostly done. Has anybody else tried this? DGD came in yesterday, and had never seen, nor heard of a Treadle sewing machine. Ever. My work is cut out for me.

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Subject: Topic moved Date: 3/11/13 8:35 PM

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Date: 3/11/13 10:53 PM

Good job! Love to hear about vintage machines getting refurbished and used again, instead of collecting rust and dust.

Bet there are lots of things your DGD has never heard of, that you can fill her in on. I keep amazing my grandkids with old trivia and little known song snippets...
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Date: 3/12/13 6:23 AM

I currently have 8 (or maybe 9) treadles in my basement sewing room, all set up, cleaned, oiled, shined, with brand new treadle belts and fully functional. The very first treadle I ever had was a Singer 66 (with the Red Eye decals, which I understand weren't made in the UK, but are like dandilions in the US :D). My second treadle (and the one I've owned longest in my current collecton) is a Singer 27-3 with the Sphinx decals.

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Date: 3/13/13 4:37 AM

I now know that eldest machine is a 127K, and that the younger one is a 66k, but not a Red Eye, which I think is American. My 127 has the Egyptian theme decals. I am unsure as to how far back to take them, total refinish? Black paint on wrought iron? Any dangers in removing iron work from cabinet or cabinet from head? It is such an adventure. We have no work room, and so must get on and get them done, and placed! No basement!

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Date: 3/13/13 4:37 AM

Thank you.
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Date: 3/13/13 7:45 AM

No, there's no problem with taking the wooden cabinet off the treadle irons, nor in removing the machine head from the cabinet. Although I highly recommend removing the head BEFORE separating wood from irons Mainly because removing the irons is most easily accomplished by turning the table upside down. There are only 4 large wood screws holding the irons to the table.

But if there are side drawers to the cabinet, you'll need to remove the hooks at the bottom of the drawer set that stabilize the drawers by hooking around the irons. You can remove them entirely or just take out one screw and loosen the other to rotate the hook away from the irons.

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Date: 3/13/13 7:56 AM

Did they give you a good deal on them? I saw a 66 at our thrift shop about a month ago ... they had $175.00 on it !!!! No way I could pay that ... oh & no accessories. Did yours come with any feet or other attachments?? Congrats on snagging 2 of them at once!!

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Date: 3/13/13 12:21 PM

A couple of years ago one of my daughter's teachers(who is about 10 years older than me) told the kids that old black Singer sewing machines are very rare. I felt like sending a note saying hey, come to my house and see rare, all umpteen of them.

I told my daughter sewing machines were common fixtures in households years ago as sewing was practically a required skill, mostly for women. Some people even owned one to simply bring in a hired seamstress to make their clothing for them. I don't know where that teacher was thinking all those machines went

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Date: 3/16/13 7:39 PM

I paid 30 Sterling, about $45 each. Delivery was free. The 66 has no accessories, and the 127 has none either, except for some that obviously belonged to a much younger and different machine! We have found belts, and have two bobbins each! One takes a shuttle bobbin. So, it is very basic. But, I have had them both running and they are really good....smooth and even. The dirt is really overwhelming though. the 127 is just filthy with a combination of rust and grit! However, they are really looking good. The 66 cabinet is getting refinished and the 127 polished for now.

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