Sunday, June 21, 2015

Vintage Singer No 36806 Needle Threader

Being a VSM (Vintage Sewing Machine) collector\restorer\repairer...you get excited about the weirdest little things.
Vintage Singer No 36806 Needle Threader
I picked up an adorable little Singer Model 99 in a bentwood case at a garage sale yesterday.   These little darlings are near and dear to my heart because my very first restoration was a 99 that I accidentally bought a few years ago.  I say accidentally because the internet post was for a $10 sewing table.   They never mentioned that a machine was inside....

Vintage Centennial Singer Model 99

My first Singer 99 I deemed "Susie Centennial".  She was frozen solid, rusted inside and out and had no accessories with her, other than the rusted foot that was bound to the presser bar.   I must've spend 100+ hours gingerly wiping with sewing machine oil on every inch of her before I decided to dissemble every single piece.  I started to research what would REALLY work to bring her back to life.   $10 investment....why not?   I was bored.  LOL  By trial and error, every piece had the rust removed, wires replaced, put back together, timed, tweaked and Viola!  Not a single part was replaced.  Only the bobbin cover was added.

Since then, I have restored, serviced, and in some cases sold about 4 dozen machines (or maybe more, I stopped keeping track).   "Susie" will always stay with me.  She's my go-to machine for every day quilting\piecing.   And when I acquire more Model 99's, she gets all the best accessories handed down to her.   In this circumstance - the Vintage Singer No 36806 Needle Threader.

Hunting for information, I found very little.   One pamplet was in German....but the pictures helped!


When I put my glasses on - I see that there is half of a hook on here.


First, let's get that screw out


Removed on of the little hooks from the key ring and screwed it in place


Now let's take it for a test run...


Now that needle hole was SERIOUSLY easy to find with this...didn't even need my glasses!


Loop the thread behind....oh boy - that was easy to hook on there.....


Oh I am officially in LOVE with my new toy!!








1 comment:

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the last two posts!! I just discovered I have a needle threader (didn't know what it was), and I never knew I could drop the feed dogs on my 201! I am off to try out both. Please keep sharing your great ideas--this is my first gander at your blog, but I will soon go back in your posts to get more great ideas and info!!

    Gina in Missouri
    hared@iland.net

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