My second antique (well, not really as it isn't anywhere near 100 years old) Singer that I acquired was a gift from my father.
|Metal skip bin (in front) with many sewing machine bodies!|
Inside the case a 1950 Model 99K "Portable" Electric Singer was hiding. It was in beautiful condition, but without bobbins or other accessories.
A look on ISMACS International website shows that this machine was part of a production of 60,000, which were allotted on September 26, 1950.
The Singer centenary badge would suggest that the manufacture was not complete until 1951 however, and I can say with some certainty that it was manufactured in Great Britain! It says so on the machine!
|Note the Centenary badging from 1951|
It was made in Scotland to be exact. All Singer models that have a "K" came out of the factory in Scotland (the Kilbowie factory in Clydebank, Glasgow).
The machine is compact, 3/4 the size of it's full size mate the 66 (but it's still really heavy, weighing in at a little over 15kg!), with an extension plate that connects in on the left hand side, and is operated by a knee controller that slots into the base on the right. It has a light attached at the back, but it gets so hot I'm not planning on using it, but now have an LED light that clips on with a magnet that I can use, and move between machines. It is housed in a domed (bentwood) lid. Inside the lid are all sorts of clips (which I hadn't noticed earlier), which keep all the bits nice and safe.
|With extension plate in place|
|Inside the case. Everything clips in. Somehow.|
Models 66 and 99 are both oscillating hook machines. Before you ask, no I don't actually know what that means in technical terms, that's more of a question for either my father, or maybe my husband.
Work done on this machine
With my recent acquisition of an additional two Singer Treadle machines, with bobbins(!!) I was finally able to get this machine going in December. My father (along with other family members) was staying with me over Christmas. We looked at one of the other treadles first (more in a later post), and after he did a clean and oil on the other one, I did the same on this machine. All up it was in pretty good condition. The bobbin case had a build up of dirt and grease, but armed with a cheap paintbrush and an old machine needle, I cleaned it all out, and then oiled the machine. All by myself! My cleaning passed inspection from my father, and after a bit of adjustments, we did a test sew it worked beautifully!
|Top: before cleaning. Bottom: After cleaning - much better!|
|My trusty paintbrush|
|The Inner workings|
|"Scroll" design on faceplate|
|Storage space underneath the machine|
Dad removed the needle plate from the machine and polished out the marks left by needles over the years so it won't catch on anything. I still need to give the exterior of the machine a good clean, but it is in great working order, and I'm sure I'll have fun trying out all the accessories from my other machines.
Overview of my Singer sewing machines
1900 Model 27 Treadle
1937 Model 66K Treadle
1943 Model 221K Featherweight
Singer Model 20 Child's Sewing Machine
Do you have a Model 99 Singer? I'd love to see more! Feel free to leave the link to your related blog post in the comments below.