I have a Singer 185 electric with its cabinet which I really love and use heavily! I could not resist when I saw on ebay a cute Singer 185 from UK, the classic tan color, and with the original hand crank and the original bentwood case with a nice leaf that folds out like a bed. So I made an offer and bought it.
Singer 185 Hand Crank Model-UK Version
When it arrived, the bottom of the bentwood case came smashed… I was really disappointed but the seller was very good at refunding me money. I could not rescue it at all, just the leaf with the hinges and saved it in a ziplock bag.
This is what the top of the case looks:
So all this time, I have been hunting for the original bottom of the case without success. I don’t want to buy another machine as this one is in very decent condition, completely clean.
This is the original bentwood case of this particular UK version of the Singer 185:
Singer 185 UK with leaf attached to case
Researching on bentwood cases, I learned that the Singer 66 has the exact dimensions that the Singer 185. So I gave up on looking for the original and bought on ebay a really nice original Singer 66 bentwood case.
Singer 66 bentwood case fit really well this Singer 185
I was very excited when I got this one since this machine MUST be on a bentwood case. I have used it on my table and I got a nasty scratch, luckily I put my cutting mat on top of my nice dining table. I have learned that the hard way!
One tip: Make sure to drop the crank knob (the handle?) before putting the case on to lock the case with the machine inside. I never had a hand crank machine and obviously, the top case did not fit because the knob sticks out. So there is a screw where the handle is positioned on the wheel. Just pull the screw out and the metal handle will be released. Now you are ready to insert the case and lock with your key. Make sure your machine is really locked. Put it on a stable surface so you don’t drop it!
Notice the screw and the position of the crank handle before saving your machine and putting the top case on to lock.
So now I can relax knowing that I don’t have to scratch my tables anymore when I want to sew on this one.