Here is my new sewing machine. It’s a 1950 vintage Singer 66 treadle sewing machine. I’ve been on the hunt for a Singer 66 treadle. After searching the internet, eBay, Craig’s list and other vintage sewing machine sites, I finally found this beauty just down the road from me at a yard sale. The sweetest part was that is was only $75.
She’s a Singer 66 treadle in a cabinet some call the schoolhouse cabinet. Apparently this cabinet was used in school home ec classrooms because they were a cheaper model sold by Singer and thus the name. I’m told this machine has the Filigree decals.
I was so excited to find this machine in such great condition. This later model even has reverse which is a real bonus. Plus it came with the original owner’s manual and a box of attachments. It just needed a new belt as the old one was dry rotted and broke. So I oiled it all up and installed a new belt, it was time to test it out.
I threaded it all up and after a few starts to get the hang of treadling again, it sewed like a charm. You see I haven’t used a treadle machine in over 40+ years. When I was very young, we had a black Singer 66 treadle in my Dad’s farm shop. He let me “play” on it and this is how I first learned to sew. I made doll clothes and learned to do basic stitching. Anyway this is how I first started sewing and making things by hand. That old sewing machine is long gone but I’ve always had a soft spot for treadles.
In the future I will share some sewing projects and recycled materials ideas that I have made using my treadle. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my acquisition and if you weren’t already familiar with a Singer treadle, maybe you will have a new appreciation for this vintage beauty.