Last weekend I stopped by Rocky Campos' shop at the Moriarty Flea Market because I was looking for another high shank darning foot for a Necchi BU. We started talking, and I ended up coming home, getting the 66 as well as several other motors, foot controls, and lights that I had removed from various machines. I was a bit sad to see it separated from the irons and cabinet which have been its home for nearly 100 years, but I'm not someone who collects old sewing machines just for the amusement of looking at them. Rocky replaced the broken bottom plate on the foot control of my 1952 Singer Featherweight. Before I left he said he was going to take the 66 home and put a motor on it. So, this machine is off to new adventures so that it can be well and truly loved and used by some other sewist. Still, it was with a touch of sadness that I said goodbye. It felt a little like when I watch my daughter off to new adventures--excited for her to be trying new things and growing, but still knowing that some good things are behind us.
I'm sure there are many, many landfills across the nation that have consumed too many vintage machines--and I've seen way too many horrifying conversions of these machines into other novelties. Whatever Rocky does with this machine, it will see more activity fulfilling the purpose for which it was created. As long as it gets oil, use, and a little TLC, it will continue to sew for another hundred years, probably more! I do so love vintage sewing machines!