I finally found time to play with my Singer 66/16 that Don bought me at the auction in Beckley a couple of weeks before Christmas. It sewed like a dream. Smooth even stitches without a single skipped stitch. All functions (though limited) worked to perfection. Don and I took it all apart, cleaned every crack inside and out (although it was already clean) and oiled the machine according to the Singer Book. After all that it stitched even better. So quite, very quite compared to my Bernina 200/730. I sewed on a machine like this when I was a child. Then my mom and dad bought me the Singer Golden Touch and Sew when I was in 8th grade, taking Home Economics. It's amazing how all the procedures just came to mind. I knew how to thread the machine, wind the bobbin, thread the bobbin, take apart and clean the hook system, and even use the knee control. I did not realize how much I missed a knee control. It really is easier on my back and having the machine in a cabinet at the proper height undoubtedly helped also.
The 66/16 only straight stitches but the quality is remarkable for a machine of this age. I will do all my quilt piecing on this machine from this point forward.
I started piecing the charm squares for my Charm Party Tote with the Singer 66/16. I need to pick up some fusible Pellon fleece tomorrow so I can finish the tote.