I have acquired a very old and dilapidated Singer sewing machine. It
has an English (Hillman) motor. I cannot find a model number, but the
No.66 82387 manual that the website that provides free manuals for
old machines seems the closest to me. There is a number beginning
with EB on the front of the machine - very worn - and the motor also
has a number - but that won't be the model number.
Can someone tell me where I can find more information about these old
machines? I will get it cleaned up and serviced and see what comes of
that. I simply want a straight sewer that will not move on the table
- which is not what the modern domestic machines seem to offer.
Thanks out there.
The Singer model No. 66 is a very common one, and a good stitcher.
Bobbins, presser feet, etc., are easy to come by. The motor is separate
and replaceable if the one you have is worn out. The EB number is the
may be helpful. Your machine may have simple gold decals on it, or it may have brightly colored patterns. The machine is the same. Here are some of the decal patterns:
all likelihood, all the machine needs is a good cleaning and lubrication, which you can do yourself, or you can pay someone to do it for you. Be sure to follow the instructions in the manual, and use a good sewing machine oil everywhere except for the gears, which call for a heavier lube that comes in a little tube.
ISMACS has lots of information and pictures and some free manuals
ISMACS is a good start ...
When you can read the serial number off the machine... then you
can find information about when it was made what type of machine
it is etc at the Singerco web site below. Just follow the
appropriate link according to your serial number . if "EB" is
part of the serial number then you woul folloe the double letter
prefix link then find the serial number part and keep etc...
the srial number is usually stamped into the flat sewing machine
base, on the right side, in the front just behind the metal post
used to hold a spool of thread for winding a bobbin
Singerco (serial numbers) next good place
on these old Singer machines typically one uses (starts with) the
serial number to find the type/model
So, the EB ##### would be the serial number, called a double
letter prefix and the number part will help you find the model or
within the class like (6k, 66, 15, 99 etc) the actual model
number ( eg, 66-18, 66-14, 15-88, 15-90, etc) can be found by
looking at the machine for clues and the many parts manuals
available at Singerco as well
Clue examples, hand wheel size and number of spokes, decals used,
type of decorations used on the cover plates, location of bobbin
winder high/low etc......
EB numbered Singers were made in Clydebank, Scotland, 1937-1939.
If you can get the rest of the number, Singer can tell you the model and date
of commissioning if you call or write to them.
might also want to look into the yahoo group "wefixit" if you're interested in doing some minor overhaul yourself. Otherwise, most machine repair people should be able to get it up and running for you withoutmuch trouble.
Thank you all for your helpful hints. The EB number is 401487 and on
the underside of the machine is stamped into the metal SIMANCO 33653 -
whatever that means.
I have a very good repair person - he services my friend's very
antique Singer and Jones machines. I am not confident enough to
strip the machine down and do it myself. For one thing one of the
screws in the plate above the bobbin case is probably rusted and I
cannot move it! There is also an additional problem: the rubber
washer on the bobbin winding mechanism is worn and needs replacing as
is also the little stick thing that holds the thread spool. (I have
been practising with the plastic one from my Brother!)
I have always had difficulties with adjusting tension and particularly
with older machines. So I shall ask the service man to give me some
instruction - he does this fortunately!
Cheers and thanks again.
SIMANCO is SInger MANufacturing COmpany, a mark I think they're still using.
The first number and Singer's handy-dandy chart says that it's a 99K
commissioned June 11, 1937, one of a batch of 4000.
class 66 service manual here (useful for a 99)
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(paste URL back together)>> I have a very good repair person - he services my friend's very> antique Singer and Jones machines. I am not confident enough to> strip the machine down and do it myself. For one thing one of the> screws in the plate above the bobbin case is probably rusted and I > cannot move it!
WD-40 or methyl salicylate, with a bit of soak time will often loosen
a screw. Took me almost two weeks to get one of the spool pin screws
to move on my 99.
There is also an additional problem: the rubber
Both of these are easy fixes, as long as you have the parts. The rubber
tire is easy to come by, I'm not so sure about the spool pin. But
in any case, if you've got a mechanic you trust, you're in clover!
Do I recall this is an electric machine? If so, you'll want to
have the mechanic check out the wiring for you. Have him look at the
carbon contacts in the foot pedal, if yours is of that vintage... mine
suddenly quit sewing when a contact shifted.
In my experience, it comes down to willingness to adjust very small
amounts and patience to keep after it. :-)
If you can find it, try "PB BLaster" which is an automotive 'break
free' product works a lot better/faster than WD-40. DH got it for the
race car and I gave it whirl...loved it so bought my own can!
OK I have now discovered my antique Singer is Model 95K, but I cannot
find an instruction manual for this model. Do I simply use the 66?
It is a trifle confusing and I would really like some help here if at
all possible. I am the one who is confused but the machine seems to
have been only one of a batch of 1000 so I can perfectly understand if
another manual that is close enough is what is used.
Thanks out there for all the help you have given me. I am taking the
machine to the serviceman next week!!!
On Fri, 14 Mar 2008 02:55:43 -0700, Pogonip
Yes thank you for this information. I must have been looking at the
wrong number sequence. I see now it is a 99K. It is in a very sad
condition I'm afraid - but nothing that cannot be remedied I should
imagine. The spool pin is rusted, loose (and probably not even the
original). The wiring into the motor will need to be attended to.
I hope to get it restored as much as possible. There is rust on some
of the metal parts (the bobbin cover e.g.).
Is there a reliable internet site that sells parts for these old
models do you know? I am in New Zealand and am unsure of sources
here, but it will be a very small market I'm sure.
maybe you could mention freecycle to the OP , they have numerous
There> are lots of people in your area of the world who have oldSingers (and> other old sewing machines) and who trade parts on eBay.> --
> stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com