When Singer introduced the Singer Model 66 in 1902, it was a revolutionary machine with a stitch quality that was un-paralleled, it was unbelievably smooth, and laid the foundation for models like the 99 and Spartan (the 3/4 version of the 66), 201, and the slant needle machines that also used the new class 66, drop in bobbin.
The Lotus decals were exclusive to the U.K. so were not sold in the United States where they had the Red Eye decal set as another exclusive pattern. If you see either decal set you know you are looking at a model 66 and later models came in your basic black with gold decals.
This Lotus hand crank will be joining our permanent collection but we also acquired a second 66 with Lotus decals that we will be restoring and fitting to a parlour treadle cabinet. We hope to have this machine ready for sale in early October.
Pearl and I take Monday “off” to catch up from the weekend and prepare for the week and so far, it has been an unusually busy August with a lot of repairs, machine sales, and parts getting sent all around the world.
Fall is just around the corner and with that quilting season is upon us; we have been busy getting some lovely machines ready and have three Singer 301A machines in the light beige / oyster white finish ready to start the season. Three are in portable cases while another is in a beautiful cabinet, the design of the 301 is such that it can be easily removed for travel / classes / workshops and then used at home in a full size table.
It has been a cool and wet summer so far but am hoping we will have a warmer fall so I can continue to make house calls with the motorcycle, which carries my mobile kit rather well with room to spare.
We have also been busy with our partners at The Archaic and Arcane, developing and 3d printing new friction wheels for the Elna Supermatic.