Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A New Toy

Bought myself a little something today:
It is a Singer 66K treadle machine made in Kilbowie, Scotland, in April 1939, which folds up into a neat little cabinet. It hasn't been used in a while, but it has been stored somewhere protected. There is no rust, so with a bit of cleaning and some oil it will look and sew almost as good as new.
It is quite a pretty machine. I found it advertised a few days ago, for a very reasonable price. Today I went to "have a look" at it, but I couldn't resist bringing it home. When I opened the storage drawer inside the cabinet I got a very nice surprise:
Lots of goodies that hadn't even been mentioned in the ad, including a buttonholer!

I haven't had a chance to start cleaning it up yet, but I did have to give it a try:
Yes, it does sew! Once it is clean and oiled and has a sharp new needle and some nice thread, it will be even better.

14 comments:

  1. It's beautiful!!!! And it looks like you have the instruction manual too - always a huge plus! Is the cabinet in good shape? What a lovely gift to yourself for the new year.

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  2. You are going to have so much fun using your treadle, I do all of my quilting on mine.

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  3. You might want to print out a free manual, instead of using the one in the drawer. That will help save the original manual. Have fun!

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  4. A great find, I'm sure you will have lots of fun with it. And finding the drawers full is always a bonus

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  5. I think you have bought a very nice old Singer machine! And the best is that it actually sews:)

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  6. How wonderful for you! Pretty machine.

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  7. love it, how do you find a belt for it, i have one and need to lnow

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  8. Fantastic, have fun playing with your new toy. The little surprise in the drawer is a treasure find, I don't there would be many Singer books and accessories out there.

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  9. What a fantastic treasure you found! She is beautiful.

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  10. Someone was smiling on you!! Good start to the year.

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  11. Have fun with it. It looks good and actually works, which makes it a terrific find.

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  12. That's great, Vireya--I hope it goes well for you.

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  13. Quite a treasure! Looks like fun to experiment with! Just read your Dec26 post re:vinyl apron- have you had a look at Rathdowneeremnants for vinyl, or even oil cloth? They usually have a good range.

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    1. Thanks, Dianne. Yes, I should have gone to Rathdowne. I will look there before I make the second version of the apron. I was short of time when I had to make the original.

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