Antique Singer Sewing Machine

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.
Reply to
The Golfer's Wife
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 serial number.
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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:
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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.
Reply to
Pogonip
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ISMACS has lots of information and pictures and some free manuals
ISMACS is a good start ...
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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
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robb
Reply to
robb
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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 class
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......
hth too robb
Reply to
robb
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.
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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.
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Reply to
Kay Lancaster
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.
Reply to
The Golfer's Wife
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.
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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. :-)
Enjoy!
Kay
Reply to
Kay Lancaster
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!
-Irene
Reply to
IMS
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!!!
Cheers
Reply to
The Golfer's Wife
Did you mean a 99K? If so, the 66 manual is perfect. The only difference is the size. The 99 is the 3/4 size, the 66 is full size. The 99 is a wonderful machine.
Reply to
Pogonip
On Fri, 14 Mar 2008 02:55:43 -0700, Pogonip wrote:
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.
Thanks.
Reply to
The Golfer's Wife
A good place to start your search is at
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There are lots of people in your area of the world who have old Singers (and other old sewing machines) and who trade parts on eBay.
Reply to
Pogonip
On Fri, 14 Mar 2008 20:13:34 -0700, Pogonip wrote:
I did not particularly want to purchase through an agency like ebay overseas because of the shipping costs. But I may have to. Thanks for your help.
Reply to
The Golfer's Wife
Hello Pogonip/Joanne, maybe you could mention freecycle to the OP , they have numerous NZ chapters
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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.> -- > Joanne > stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com >
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Reply to
robb
If you have no luck with other suppliers, try the eBayAU site, because I know there are people all around you who have old machines, and may have the parts you need.
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Pogonip

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