Today I want to talk to you about Singer Class 66 and 99 sewing machines.
First I want to let you know how to find out what year your sewing machine was born in. You need to go to ISMACS to get that information. Here is the link. It stands for International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society. All you need is the serial number on your machine.
My first machine pictured here is the Singer class 66 treadle with Lotus decals.
This was a machine I wanted for a long time! I looked up the serial number and it is a 66K born in 1910 in Clydebank, Scotland. From what I understand, most of the Lotus decals were manufactured at the Scotland plant although some were made in America. They made 6500 of these machines that year, She is 107 years old and works great! These machines were made as treadles, handcranks, and later motors were added. I wonder how my Scottish machine ended up in America?
|closeup of the Lotus decals|
My machine was born in 1918 here in America. All of the machines with this decal were made in America. She will be 100 years old next year and I still use her all the time. I put her in an old sewing machine cabinet since she did not have a base.
Not all Class 66 machines have these pretty decals on them.
If it is a reproduction, it is plastic, like the one below.
This hand crank is on my Singer Class 99. A 99 is exactly the same as a 66 except that it is 3/4 of the size. These are excellent machines and I highly recommend buying one if you come across one. They make perfect stitches and will sew through just about anything. I converted her from an electric machine because her knee bar was missing. A knee bar does the same thing a foot pedal does except you press with your knee. See that little hole on the right of the base? That is where the knee bar goes.
My machine was born in 1925, she is 92 years old! Since she is in a base and smaller than my other machines, I use her as my "travelling" machine. She has some beautiful decals also.
|Please excuse the basket of clean laundry that needs to be folded!|