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66-1 and 66 MODEL DESCRIPTIONS

Known as the XX Century Machine, it has an oscillating hook movement and is the larger version of the 99, measuring 14 3/4" x 7" to the 99s 12 1/4 x 6 1/2". The 66 has a rear inspection plate, whereas the 99 does not.
The following information courtesy of Chrys Gunther:
66-1 - spoked balance wheel : plain tension : stitch length knob : early bobbin winder (back attaching presser foot)
66-3 - handcrank version of 66-1
The following models all have side clamping presser feet/attachments:
66-4 - spoked balance wheel : plain tension : stitch length knob : early bobbin winder : bobbin case position bracket hinged
66-5 - hand crank version of 66-4
66-6 - disc balance wheel : plain tension : stitch length knob : early bobbin winder
66-8 - disc balance wheel : plain tension : stitch length lever: low bobbin winder
66-14 - spoked balance wheel : plain tension : stitch length lever with reverse : late bobbin winder
66-15 - handcrank version of 66-14
66-16 - disc balance wheel : numbered tension : stitch lever with reverse : late bobbin winder
66-18 - disc balance wheel : plain tension : stitch lever with reverse : late bobbin winder : knee or foot control for cabinet : wrinkle finish : BY6 Motor
66-24 - disc balance wheel : plain tension : stitch lever with reverse : late bobbin winder : knee or foot control for portable : BY2 or BY10 motor

Some of them have minor differences that few people would notice. Chrys has references to a 66-13, 66-19 & 66-20, but few further details. Some may have wrinkle finish (often called godzilla).

Size-wise: bed dimensions - 7" x 14.625". 1938 Singer 66-SV8 - needle to pillar base 8 1/8", height to tallest place under arm 5 1/2". Basic Singer Identifications.

The American 66 was produced from 1902-1956, totalling 5,924,909 machines and the 66K from Kilbowie was produced from 1907-1940, with 2,981,388 machines manufactured. IT IS NOT TRUE THAT THE 66 WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN 1900. Production difficulties meant that the first 66s rolled off the production line with a commission date of October 27, 1902.

The Redeye decal was only produced in the USA and wasn't exported to Europe, the UK or Australia.

At the same time the Lotus decal was produced in the UK (as well as the USA, though in far fewer numbers and over a shorter length of time in America). Brown Lotus were also made in Wittenberge in Germany for a while. More Lotus machines are found in Australia because Kilbowie, rather than the USA plants, exported to Australia.

Reasons for buying a 66 (or 99).

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