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« on: October 23, 2009 12:21:45 PM »

I've sort of inherited a really old electric singer machine. I know how to use new machines but never used anything like this. I'm going to use some scrap material and see if I can get it working but I thought I'd post on here to see if anyone knows how to use it or if anyone has any general tips on using old machines?

I'm not sure if it has a model number, it says "99k"on a little plaque on the arm near the base and a long number on the base itself (looks more like a serial number or something than a model number)
here's a pic anyway, incase anyone recognises it Smiley

(its still really dusty Cheesy )
Any help is appreciated Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2009 12:27:06 PM »

Yep, that's a model 99.  Looks like a model 99-31 specifically. The "k" indicates that it was made in Kilbowie, Scotland

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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2009 01:48:28 PM »

Looks a lot like mine(though mine is older I think). They can be a bit temperamental but only in that they insist on being cared for. Make sure to keep it free of dust(once it's clean) and oiled and it will work hard for you.
If it has any hiccups a tuneup would be well worth it. Mine will sew through 8 layers of denim. Though I've only done that once. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2009 10:40:02 AM »

Just had to comment on the 8 layers of denim.. thats BEASTLY!! The newer plastic ones aren't as sturdy in my opinion as I'm using an old Viking. (who recently hates me and my newest project) but I have used a newer one and it was easier. From my experience the older ones need a bit more knowleged (proper threading, different knobs, more tension issues (at least for me) ) but if you get to know if it and take care of it they are reliable and work great. I'm hoping to get my mom's old singer which folds up into a nice case. little portable ancient guy, so cute. Best of luck with your new old machine Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2009 01:22:47 PM »

oh oh oh!! I have THREE 99's ( 99k, 99-15).. they are the BEST little workhorses, and I suspect they love the abuse. I regularly used mine to sew through multiple layers of heavy fabrics and such even leather. They made a bunch of foot attachments for them too, EBay my dear!

Even though they only do straight stitching, the old (old, OLD) Singers, Black Fantastiks as I like to call em, are indeed GREAT little machines to work on. You'll love it, It's the machine I always recommend to beginners because you simply CAN NOT break them (well almost, lol)

« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2009 09:25:07 AM »

I bought a model 99 late this summer, because I HATED the Singer CG550 I bought just two short years ago.  Really, they are very basic machines.  They excel at what they were designed to do...produce a quality straight stitch.  I loved this "pony" sized machine so much, I located and bought a full-sized 201-2 which I am now getting aquainted with.  Enjoy your new machine!
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