During WW2, Singer made sewing machines with black metal
attachments and parts. They were called "blackside." I bought this
"Blackside Singer 66-16" at a garage sale from the original owner's
son. It was in mint condition and came with a Singer #40 cabinet and matching
The stowaway stool is where I found the original manual and "blackside"
attachments. Notice the black metal bobbin. Just click
here, if you'd like to buy a reproduction copy of the Singer 66-16
sewing machine manual.
This machine has a black slide plate and needle plate. It also
has a black clutch knob on the solid black handwheel. It seemed only appropriate
to replace its red spool pin felt with a black one, since the spool pin is
black, as well as the foot lever on the back. Oddly enough the stitch
length lever and the electrical cord is white. I will probably switch the cord
out for a black one and paint the lever with black enamel.
Even the metal lamp shade is black.
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