Converting a singer 66 Back Clamp to Side Clamp

For the very first few years that singer produced the design 66 sewing machine, the machines had back clamping presser feet instead of the low shank side clamping feet utilized on their other machines. The back clamp feet are costly as well as difficult to find, as well as you are restricted as to what feet as well as attachments are available, so it’s good to convert a back clamp singer 66 to side clamp if you plan to utilize it regularly. These sewing machines are so old they were made before zippers were utilized in clothing, so you most likely won’t be able to discover a back clamping zipper foot. After converting to side clamp, you can utilize those new-fangled inventions like zipper feet, walking feet, as well as buttonholers with your machine. You can likewise utilize a low shank snap on foot adapter with the device so you can utilize contemporary snap on feet.

Back clamping foot

Side clamping foot

I discovered text directions for the conversion on the Treadle On site, however I couldn’t discover any type of photos of the process, so I’m composing up a tutorial on exactly how I did it.

You’ll requirement a side clamping presser bar from a singer 66 parts machine. You can discover these on ebay sometimes, however I discovered it was less expensive to just get a whole parts device for myself. I got mine on the shopgoodwill auction site. just make sure you get one with a side clamping presser foot.

The conversion process is quite simple, however you may run into problems due to old hardened oil as well as rust. If you have any type of problems with stuck parts, apply some penetrating oil (such as kerosene or liquid Wrench) as well as let it sit for a bit, then warm the area up with a hair dryer, which does wonders to soften up hardened oil. I don’t like to get WD-40 near my sewing machines, however if you select to utilize it, make sure to clean it off thoroughly before putting the device back together. If left on the machine, it will ultimately dry to a film that will glue the parts together.

On my rusty parts machine, in order to eliminate the foot pressure knob, I had to wrap the knob with a strip of leather, then grip it with locking pliers. I utilize the locking pliers as a last resort, though, since no matter exactly how much I try to safeguard the knob from damage, I typically end up scraping it up. My presser bar was a bit rusty on the ends, however after soaking it in Evapo-Rust as well as polishing it with metal polish it looked quite good.

The procedure for removing the presser bar from a donor side clamping device is essentially the exact same as for the back clamping version, so I’ll just show the steps for the back clamping machine.

This most likely goes without saying, however clean all parts as well as rub them down with sewing device oil before putting them back in the machine.

Remove the needle, just so it isn’t in the method as well as you don’t stab yourself. eliminate the presser foot as well as the screw that holds it in place. On a back clamping machine, likewise unscrew as well as eliminate the presser foot holder that the presser foot attaches to.

If you have a thread cutter, eliminate that too. To eliminate it, wrap it in a rag so you don’t hurt your hand, then twist it back as well as forth as you pull down on it.

Lower the presser foot lever. clean the subjected part of the presser bar. I utilize rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab to eliminate hardened oil (be cautious not to drip any type of alcohol on the black surface – alcohol dissolves the shellac utilized on it). Rub some sewing device oil on the bar after cleaning it.

Loosen or eliminate the upper screw holding the side plate in place, eliminate the thumbscrew, as well as eliminate the side plate.

Unscrew as well as eliminate the foot pressure knob.

Remove the spring with the top of the machine. There ought to be a washer sitting on top of the spring, so be cautious not to lose it.

Loosen or eliminate the set screw that holds the presser bar in place. eliminate the presser bar with the top of the machine.

Insert the side clamping presser bar down into the machine. turn it so the flat edge on the lower end of the bar is facing the left side of the sewing machine.

Put a general function presser foot on the bar. turn the flywheel (hand wheel) up until the feed dogs are in the lowered position. change the setting of the foot so it is straight as well as down against the device bed.

Adjust the setting of horizontal bar that the set screw goes in so there is about a 2 mm space between the lower edge of the bar as well as upper edge of the presser foot lifting lever (this is just based on exactly how my device was originally changed – I don’t understand what the official space ought to be). Insert the set screw as well as tighten it. raise the presser foot lifting lever, turn the flywheel a full revolution, as well as make sure the needle bar doesn’t hit the presser foot. If the needle bar hits the presser foot, lower the presser foot as well as change the horizontal bar up a little further.

Lower the presser foot lever. Insert the spring down with the top of the machine. location the washer on top of the spring.

Screw the foot pressure knob back in.

Put the side plate back on.

Remove the presser foot as well as the screw that holds it in place. Slide the thread cutter onto the presser bar. I utilized a little flat head screw chauffeur to pry it open a little as I got it started. put the presser foot back on.

Test out your device as well as change the presser foot pressure. The pressure ought to be just sufficient to feed your material evenly as well as provide you stitches that are all the exact same length.


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