Monday, April 30, 2012

Singer 66

Singer 66 - Mine!

Accessories kit with 201K Manual too!
This is my "new" sewing machine! Isn't she beautiful. I'm so excited! This is the same model machine that I learned to sew on and I think I made my first shirred dress when I was 10 in Grade 7! I have a photo somewhere.

I haven't had time to blog about it, but I went (November last year) to an Australian Sewing Guild meeting in my area. Now where have they been hiding as I have lived in this area since I was 8 so that is 42 years and sewn for 27 of those (well more if you count sewing on the Singer 66) but I had never heard of their meetings.

Anyway I went expecting about half a dozen people but there was about 35 women there, mostly older, but all doing some sewing or sewing crafty stuff and it was great. They have shared afternoon tea and also do a swap. People bring in fabric, books, magazines, patterns etc they aren't going to use and you take what you want.

I got a lovely piece of fabric that I am pretty sure is silk, a cowl neck top pattern and some magazines. I have been too busy to get back to the meetings but they are having their yearly conference in Adelaide in September and I hope I can get to it as there are some fantastic courses on offer (e.g. bra making). Anyone else heard of it or going? It has to fit with uni holidays and son going to his Dad's but I'm going to do my best. 

Anyway I digress, I met a lovely lady there who, on me telling her I was looking for a Singer 66, told me she had just given one away (argh!) but she looked out for me and I got this one for $120 including some token payment for her friend delivering it. Her friend also cleaned it up a little and rubbed it over with linseed oil. I love it.I was worried as many months had passed since she got this for me that I wasn't even sure it was this model - just a treadle - but in the end I didn't care as I wanted a treadle, but I was pleasantly surprised.

The accessories have a ruffler (I didn't know that invention was so old - and looks similar to my modern one) and some other things I can't remember now. I'm trying not to touch or play with it as I have so much uni stuff that I cannot distract myself (like I am with this post!)or I won't get everything done, but who could resist bragging telling about this new purchase.


  1. I am wildly jealous. What a fabulous bargain. I am on the look out for a treadle myself - not to mention a sewing group that just happens to meet when I can turn up occasionally!
    I hope you get some time to sew on it.

    1. I hope you get one Karen. I love looking at it ... I just won't have time to play till mid June (boo hoo). For the sewing group have a look at "meetup" which is where I found the local one. I must get there again!

  2. What a marvelous new toy to play with! I have an old (1915) treadle machine from a neighbor, that I have been afraid to touch for fear of breaking it. You've inspired me to drag it out from under its dustcover and clean it up and oil it. I'll think about sewing with it later.

    1. Hey I don't think you can break it! My mother's would have suffered through 5 girls (I have 4 sisters) who would have played with it. I still need to get new needles and stuff - there is one there but is rusty and I have Janome only... I don't even know if the singer needles are the same. I know the bobbins are not. Good luck getting yours out!

  3. Hi, The shipping costs from Emma One Sock are quite reasonable. Given that the fabric is far cheaper than anything you could get in Australia for the same quality makes it so worth while. When you first place your order, the computer generates the postage cost. This is later changed when the owner cuts and weighs the fabric. The cost is often far cheaper than the original quote. Just to give you an idea, I ordered 3 pieces of fabric recently that were approx 2.5m in length each. All were lightweight silks and cottons. The postage totaled $14. Hope that's helpful. Bernice

  4. How fantastic! And it sounds like you had a wonderful time, meeting like-minded ladies :)

  5. It's a beautiful machine. I'm sure you'll enjoy trying it out once you have a spare moment (:
    And how fun to go to a sewing guild meeting. I know they have them in my area, too. Will have to look into one someday.


Thank you for taking the time to comment. I love hearing what you think.