This is my sewing machine. It’s a 1966 Singer Golden Touch & Sew – Model 620. It came to me complete with the original sewing cabinet from an old house in my hometown. I love this thing. I love that it’s old. I love that it’s heavy as all get out, which means that it’s mostly made out of metal. It may not have the fancy bells and whistles of newer machines but it sews great. For a novice sewer, it’s actually quite perfect for me.
I even have the original manuals and accessories that came with it.
One of the coolest features is that the sewing machie itself can drop down into the cabinet to be hidden. Isn’t that SO awesome? It makes this piece of furniture so versatile.
Now you see it. Now you don’t.
The cabinet is currently being used as my work desk and I love the three drawers it has down the side.
I’ve had it for about 5 years. I did some sewing on it back when I first got it and then one of the gears broke. It’s been sitting dormant for a while. I tried to repair it myself, even ordered the part I needed, but a special tool was required and I had no idea how to reset the timing. Finding someone who knows how to work on these old machines is harder than I thought. My mom found someone (she has an old Singer too) so I loaded mine up and took it to Alabama to be repaired. Luckily, the machine can detach from the desk so we didn’t have to lug the whole thing.
Now that the machine is working, we want to refinish the cabinet. I can’t decide if I want to stain it a similar color to what it is now or go dark so that it matches our other furniture. I kinda think that modernized vintage pieces look way cool. Then again, I don’t want to tarnish the integrity of the piece. Not that I would ever want to sell it. It’s a tough call.
It’s working great now. I can’t wait to get started sewing on it again. Maybe now I can finally figure out what all these things do. For now, I’m just going to enjoy getting to know my sewing machine again, my wonderfully vintage sewing machine. First up on my things to sew list is this little project. The tricky part is finding the time. Ah, story of my life.