A Day of Playing

Monday I had errands to do so our daugther Kalissa and I went to town.  While there, I let my restless bug take hold and we somehow ended up in Waterloo where I checked out house ideas at Home Depot and Menards.

While in Waterloo, Kalissa saw a sign for a “Stuff” store.  Apparently it’s a consignment store that has furniture and appliances as well as clothing.

If a person was looking for vintage Singer sewing machines, there were a bunch.





I would have been really tempted to purchase this last one had I not put myself on a restricted budget so I have money for the house remodel.  I know very little about the styles and models if you know, please share some info in the comment section.

9 thoughts on “A Day of Playing

  1. Anna Singleton

    Hi Jo,
    The third machine down looks like a 401/401A. My Mom has 3 of these and they are true workhorses. She just loves hers and has had the original one for about 40 years.
    The double wedding ring quilt is gorgeous!!!!
    Happy Stitching,

  2. Lisa B

    I agree with Anna about the third machine being a 401A. My mom had her machine from the late 1950s to about 2 years ago when the motor blew according to the repairman. I thought it just needed a new electrical cord when I took it into the shop for her. I learned to sew on it.

  3. Ruth

    The second one is a singer with a “godzilla” finish on it, not your typical smooth black coating. Good Luck with the remodeling! The quilt is beautiful.

  4. Christine

    I think the top machine is a model 66…and I think the decals on it are called “Red Eye”…I think the second one is also a 66, but “newer” than the top one, since the stitch length mechanism has changed from a dial to the lever.

  5. Valerie G

    Don’t know the models but the last one is the model I learned to sew on, memories! My mom’s didn’t have a foot pedal but had a metal bar that you pushed sideways with your leg. I was so confused when I had Home Ec. in school and there was no bar!

  6. Colette

    The top is a red eye model, the second could be any number of different machines, but the black crinkle finish is a favorite of mine, I have two blacksides which were made during the war. Because there was a nickel shortage where the chrome pieces were, it is all black. The 3rd is a 401 I don’t own one, but they are little work horses.The last one is a Singer 500A. I have one that I love, this is one of the models with the cams which you put in to do decorative stitches.

  7. Sandy Scott

    I learned to sew on the bottom one. I remember when my folks bought it; I am sure it was a huge purchase at the time (early 60’s and 4 small children). As far as I know my stepmother still sews on it from time to time. It had a ruffler and all kinds of cams. My only frustration was it always seemed to knot up when I was topstitching.

  8. Diane

    I was born in 1963. My parents had 3 girls at home and when my mom when to the hospital to have me, Daddy wanted a boy so bad he told Moma he would buy her a dozen red roses if it was a boy. Apparently that was a much bigger deal than now days. Moma told Daddy that if it was another girl she wanted a new sewing machine. Until then she was sewing ALL of their clothes on her featherweight.
    The doctor went to tell daddy I was born and that Moma was fine by telling him “Your wife3 is doing fine, and you need to go to Sears and buy her sewing machine.”
    Moma got a Singer 500a Rocketeer. I now have that machine but it was worn out. I will have it rebuilt, one day.


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