Thursday, June 5, 2008

Singer Model 66 Treadle

As I’ve mentioned before, I love old sewing machines and have a small collection. The machines I enjoy the most are the non-electrics. This Singer 66 is the machine I use most often when I sew by machine. The reason is simple; it is because it is in my living room, so it is the most convenient. This is the first treadle I bought. It was made in the early 20th century around 1918.

This model is known as the “redhead” or “red eye”.

I think the parlor cabinet is very elegant looking.

The scroll work on the face plate is beautiful.

I love the way the drawers are hidden behind this door.

These old treadles are not as fast as modern computerized machines, but I enjoy sewing on them much more. This machine has a beautiful stitch.

15 comments:

Catherine said...

What a gorgeous machine! I often think I'd like to try a treadle machine -- maybe I'd get over my sewing machine phobia!

The Calico Cat said...

I'd love to have on of thse machines - or a hand crank machine. I love the idea of being able to sew anywhere without electricity. (I have this RV dream...)

Karol-Ann said...

Gorgeous! I'm always on the lookout for a treadle on one of those wraught-iron tables. My DH would not be pleased due to lack of space, but they are wonderful too.

Leanne said...

that is a very handsome machine! and cabinet! I have 4 sewing machines, a modern electric one,a nd three old ones, two are manual, one was electric, it had been converted with a kit, but I took that off and reverted it to manual!
I use two regularly- the elec and one of the old manuals, but the other two still live here because they are so nice!! Leanne x

Bet said...

That is an beautiful machine. what a treasure.
thanks for doing that post.
bet

K.C. said...

I am hopping over to your blog and am new to it. SO glad that I did. Your machine is beautiful and the cabinet is something to be admired. I just know very little of the world of sewing, but you can tell how passionate you are about it. It made me completely passionate about it just reading your blog. It is so well written and I am so glad that I came by.. KC

Teresa said...

I have a Franklin treadle that I need to get repaired so that I can try it out. It is not nearly as pretty and ornate as these you are showing, but it is in a beautiful case and has a long arm which would make it perfect for quilting. I had heard of red eye machines before but not seen one. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Rhonda said...

What a wonderful old machine. I glad it's in the hands of someone who truly appreciates it.

Eileen said...

So glad that Ro gave me this url. What a beautiful machine. You don't have to have electricity. So georgous to have in the living room. Luck you.

Lori in South Dakota said...

I am pea-green with envy--I love red eyes! And the cabinet is gorgeous! Do you belong to Treadleon??

MJinMichigan said...

I'm visiting your blog for the first time today and was surprised to see your treadle machine. I love old sewing machines and had never seen one like yours until this morning when I saw one for sale on ebay! You are so lucky to have it.

Oversight committee said...

I just a 1908 66 model red eye in this same cabinet. .... it's in beautiful condition. I havent' moved it intothe house yet..The machne has great detail still on the decaling, it was hardly used. I first sewed on a treadle, so that ought'a come back quickly. Glad to read it has a beautiful stitch.
Any idea or leads as to how the machine is removed from the cabinet? I always like to have a machine cleaned and maintained when I get a new old machine" it would be much easier to just haul the machine than the whole cabinet.
If so, email me at dixiegirlz@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I have a Red Eye in a very ornate parlor cabinet. I would like to sell it but I have no idea as to pricing. My mother used it so some of the decals are worn off. Can you please give me an estimate as to its worth?

Kesh said...

I got a 1921 model 66 redeye, I would like to start looking for some attachments, so that once it is restored can start sewing. I would like the button holer will the one used with the 212 and 221 low shank models work? what about replacement needles? how do you reverse or tie off?
thank you

Krishna said...

Hi. I have a NO 66 singer sewing machine in a beautiful cabinet like yours although I dont think it is a red eye as not as ornately painted. I am trying to sell it and was wondering if you had any tips for doing so or how I could find a valuation! I would appreciate any help you can give. Many Thanks

Camilla