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Thread: Can you please tell me about my "new" vintage machine?

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    Can you please tell me about my "new" vintage machine?

    My dh and I were out and I had a bag to drop off at Goodwill. For the past month I've been wanting a vintage machine but had no idea if I'd ever come across one. I walked into the store and I said to one lady working there "Do you have any vintage sewing machines"? I did NOT expect her to give me the reply that she did. She said only the one OVER THERE. So I looked and I knew it was meant for me. It came with an ugly cabinet but I really wanted to rescue the machine.

    Can anyone tell me what I have? I will need to do a lot of research since I am new to the world of vintage Singer machines. I appreciate any help you can give me.

    I just got her home and haven't even had a chance to get the dust off her but I am so excited I wanted to share the photos.

    I plan to use a new makeup brush to dust her off with. Is there any solution I can use on her??

    Thank you for your help. I do have the bobbin cover it's just not on the machine.
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    Am I right is guessing its a Model #101 ?
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    You have a 99, one of 15,000 commissioned April 10, 1928. It is a 3/4 version of the 66.

    I have a 66 built the same year. My Grandfather bought it for my Grandmother the year my Mom was born. It originally lived in a number 40 cabinet, but my Mom has the cabinet with her 401 in it. The 66 was but in a case then and probably has not been used since. It turned up in my cousin's garage a few months ago, and is quite stuck.

    Did you get the manual and attachments? the picture looks like it has a cording foot on it. It will use class 66 bobbins and low shank attachments. You can get a new slide plate if it wasn't with the machine. Your decals look real good! Most have them worn off in the bed area. To start off, you can wipe down the outside with sewing machine oil (oil her good inside too). I think there is is some good information posted here on the board for further restoration.

    Enjoy!
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    nygal,

    Congrats on a nice rescue. You have there a Singer 99. I can't read the entire serial number but I can read enough to see that by the chart at ISMACS it's a 99, one of 15,000 allotted on April - 10 -1928.
    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...l-numbers.html

    Go here to read about how to clean these older machines:
    HOW TO CLEAN UP and use a vintage sewing machine - videos by Muv and Fav

    Basically, use sewing machine oil and cotton balls or a soft cotton cloth to clean them. Chemicals, soaps, hand cleaners and things like break clean, acetone, will have a disastrous effect on the finish and decals.
    Brush and blow the lint, fuzz, threads, and debris out of the machine then oil it. Oil everything that moves. If a hole isn't threaded, and doesn't have something in it, it's an oil hole. Oil 'em from top, bottom, under the face plate, through any holes in the back too.

    The motor takes Singer grease ONLY. Don't use oil or Tri-Flow grease or Crisco or Vaseline, only Singer lube.

    The 99s are an easy machine to work on and use.

    They take Class 66 metal bobbins, but you can use the plastic Class 66 ones too.
    They use 15x1 needles.

    A really great source of parts and supplies for these old machines is Sew-Classic:
    http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/

    A super source of maintenance information is the TFSR site:
    http://www.tfsr.org/publications/tec...machine_manual

    I hope that helps. You got a good little machine there.

    Joe
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    Okay the serial number is # AC087825..I am SO excited!!! Thank you for your help!!
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    I have no manual...yet nor any attachments. She came in an ugly cabinet and my dh said to get it or I'd regret it but I really have no room for it. Right now she is sitting out in my studio and I will dust her off tomorrow. I will go out and buy Singer Oil tomorrow!!
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    You can find the manual here as a .pdf { http://www.singerco.com/accessories/...manuals/search } Just type in 99 in the box and hit go.

    This machine takes the standard low shank feet and attachments.

    Joe

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    Thank you both so much for the information. I appreciate it.
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    Congrats! Welcome to the world of vintage machines. I doubt it will be your last! Enjoy!
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    She is a beauty.

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