This family heirloom consists of a classic Singer sewing machine as well as a drawing room cabinet that serves as an elegant piece of furniture on its own. Apart from some surface scratches on top and slight damage on the rear panel, this antique is in fine shape. The serial number indicates that it was built in June, 1917. 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. This is believed to be the Drawing Room Cabinet #21 with the rare and convenient heavy spring lifter.
When the Class 66 appeared it was considered an engineering masterpiece, able to sew any thickness of fabric from fine silk to heavy canvas. The 66 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 stitch produced by the 66K was described as'near perfect' and with the large harp clearance space it was a great favorite with tailors and seamstresses. The Singer 66 reigned supreme for over 30 years before the outbreak of WWII. By that time Singer had introduced the amazing Singer 201K. Probably the finest sewing machine that Singer ever produced, as well as being their most expensive. In the USA, production continued until 1956.