The Singer 66 and 99 Class

The 66-1 came onto the market around the turn of the 20th Century

Drop feed lock stitch horizontal oscillating hook with stationary bobbin case and drop in bobbin for home use.
The 66-1 (treadle) and 66-3 (hand crank) were developed at Singer's Elizabethport factory in the USA and went on the market around 1902 (according to ISMACS). Historical documentation on 66K (Kilbowie) submodel numbers appears to have been lost so I am only presuming Kilbowie used the same submodel numbers. The 66-1 and 66-3 and the Kilbowie equivalent (presumed 66K1 and 66K3) have back clamping presser feet. The resoning behind haveing a seperate presser foot system for a single model is lost knowledge.

Also unique to the 66 and 66K are the decal sets commonly known as "Red Eye" (only used on Elizabethport models) and "Lotus" (mostly used on Kilbowie models). In the 1920s the back clamp presser foot was made obsolete in preference for the low shank side clamping foot used on most domestic models with the introduction of the 66-4 and presumed 66K4. The Stitch length control on all 66K was by thumb screw. Very few Elizabethport 66 class machines were imported to Australia and Kilbowie production of the 66K ceased at the start of WW2.
Bed size for all 66 class 37cm × 17.8 cm


The 66-1 and 66-3 and the Kilbowie equivalent
(presumed 66K1 and 66K3)
have back clamping presser feet.

The 66-4 and 66-5 and the Kilbowie equivalent
(presumed 66K4 and 66K5)
have side clamping low shank presser feet.
For more information about these models check out the manual

Singer 99K2

Singer 99K13



99K1 1911- Treadle.
99K2 1921- Small tension discs; handcrank (originally)
99K5 1924-25 Portable
99K10 1922-24 Aluminium; portable.
99K13 1924-1958 Electric portable
99K21 1924-54 Treadle
99K22 1924-54 Hand crank
99K26 1950s Treadle with reverse
99K27 1950s Hand crank with reverse
99K28 1950s Electric; reverse.
99K29 1958- Treadle with reverse serial under bed after 1961
99K30 1958- Hand crank with reverse serial under bed after 1961




All 66 and 99 class machines use regular 15×1 domestic needles positioned with the flat (back) of the needle facing the pillar. The needle is threaded from left to right.



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