The 1930's were hard, the world was suffering from a massive depression sparked by the Wall Street crash in America.The ripples were felt around the globe and millions of men found themselves out of work.The 66K first introduced the horizontally mounted rotary hook arrangement with drop in bobbins.A system which still survives in so many sewing machines from all makers today.The Singer class 66 models were heavy duty domestic sewing machines that set the standard for several decades, and indeed the Class 66 bobbin and the 66 style horizontal oscillating hook arrangement are still in use on many ‘new’ sewing machines today.
You most likely have a Model 15 Series machine but there are several styles which we now have to determine.
Writer and master craftsman Alex Askaroff has spent a lifetime in the sewing industry and is considered one of the foremost experts of pioneering machines and their inventors.
He has written extensively for trade magazines, radio, television, books and publications world wide.
This well-worn basic Singer 201 made in 1951 (Singers centenary year) had changed little since 1930.
It was still cast iron and, as you can see by the open-spoke wheel, this one was originally supplied as a hand machine.. For the first time a truly professional machine was now available to the masses.