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My Sewing Passion1 of 21950's Adler 87 Portable Sewing Machine with "Tailor's Case"1950's Adler 87 Portable Sewing Machine with "Tailor's Case"
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    Posted 2 months ago

    Kodiskeepers
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    I have always thought this was my grandmother's but now I am thinkg it's great grandma's. Wouldn't part with it for anything but would love to know more. Top left drawer has acccessories.

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    1. yougottahavestuff yougottahavestuff, 2 months ago
      Welcome to CW!! It looks like one of Singer's High End Machines!!! I've never seen a Cabinet so nice!!! Enjoy!!! There are a few sewing machine experts here so you should get some answers!!
      Stuff
    2. Kodiskeepers, 2 months ago
      Thank you. I hope I learn more about it. Thinking about the women who have sewn on it and it's so well cared for it was obvioulsy valued by them. Thanks for your input
    3. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      Kodiskeepers, Beautiful. :-)

      Per the International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society (ISMACS) website, serial number B1155317 was one of 15,250 allotted June 12, 1905, and your machine is a model 66:

      B- 1143751 1159000 66 15250 June 12 1905

      The decal set on your machine is called "Egyptian (green), or "Lotus":

      http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_machine_company/decals/domestics/domesticpics/66lotusdscf0136.jpg

      That beautiful cabinet is the Drawing Room Cabinet No. 22:

      http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_machine_company/drawing_room_cabinet_no_21-22.html
    4. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      Whoops, I forgot to provide the link for the serial number information:

      http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_machine_company/serial-numbers/singer-b-series-serial-numbers.html
    5. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 months ago
      I think that’s the most beautiful cabinet I’ve ever seen on a sewing machine!
      It doesn’t show the usual wear patterns you see in heavily used machines. Maybe it was bought with high hopes of doing a lot of sewing of pretty things but in reality, the lady wasn’t that enthused with sewing.
    6. Kodiskeepers, 2 months ago
      Thank you so much for all of this information. I have no idea how much sewing was done, but I agree the decals are in perfect condition. They were farm folks in Michigan so I am amazed they spent so much on a sewing machine.

      I have had this for a number of years, moved it from place to place and never really knew much about it until now. Definitely Great Grandma's!

      It just came to me today that I needed to figure out how to raise the machine (thanks YouTube) and show off the gorgeous machine.

      Again, thank you so much for taking the time to answer.
    7. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      Kodiskeepers, You're welcome. :-)

      I don't know if you need a manual for your machine, but here is a 1913 manual for a model 66-1 treadle machine:

      https://archive.org/details/Singer661Manual

      The model 66 was pretty popular, and was produced in the U.S.A. 1902-1956. Here are some more links with information about it:

      https://www.singersewinginfo.co.uk/66/

      https://sewalot.com/singer%2066.htm

      As to that beautiful, top-of-the-line cabinet, it's not for certain, but it's likely that it was made in South Bend, IN:

      http://thevalleywoodworker.blogspot.com/2015/09/woodworking-and-sewing-machines.html

      As watchsearcher has suggested, perhaps the reason your machine and cabinet are in such excellent condition is that your great-grandmother didn't use it much. That could well be, and not necessarily because she didn't like sewing, but because even back then, there were only 24 hours in a day.

      A former coworker of mine is a farm-raised Michigander, and they told me that their mother, in addition to doing all those chores that needed doing on a farm, raised ten children. If she sat down for more than five minutes, she would fall asleep. >8-0

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