Lucy’s Sewing Lab gained a new member to her family this week, “Red.” My daughter found her at a garage sale, $15!  I feel really bad for the granddaughter who no longer has Red the vintage singer to use as a dumb bell.  These are the pictures my daughter sent me of her.[envira-gallery id="2237"]
[envira-gallery slug="red-before-i-got-her"]When I finally was able to pick her up, I cleaned her, checked her out, and researched a lot. If you need to research a vintage machine, this is a great place to look. You can get more information and become a member at this site. My machine the Singer 66-16 was the first mass produced sewing machine.  Most believe it produces a near perfect stitch in a variety of fabrics. Unbelievably to us at this point, the sewing machine was one of the most expensive at the time.  It cost several months wages, I guess I wouldn’t be sewing! The machine may have been expensive, but for professionals, or those who like to think they are pros, and needed more foot clearance Singer 66 was the machine to buy.  [envira-gallery id="2234"]
[envira-gallery slug="red-certificate"]I got her certified too!

I really cannot wait to get her up and going.  The machine is a hand crank, most were urged to convert to electric during the war to increase production.   Some women, were stubborn, though, Imagine that, and refused, continuing to work those arms and sew their little hearts out for the men. The factory this machine was created in was destroyed along with all records of the machine were lost in the war. The C series was only made for about 10 years. There is a great video here.  I don’t know if you are into vintage machines or not, let me know in the comments!  Enjoy!