1910 99k Surprises

Old 02-12-2017, 08:23 AM
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Just starting to play with my latest and earliest 99k. Still dirty, but check out the short needlebar and the lack of an access plate on the backside of the pillar. Wrong screw held a wrong light in place.
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Old 02-12-2017, 11:52 AM
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That's the first batch of 99 isn't it, when it was first introduced. I like my 99, it's a bit younger, 1934. I have to take the faceplate off my machine to detect the part you need to sort out though. I think I would cherrish a 1910 version of this model highly :- )

Hand crank or motor and lights?
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Old 02-12-2017, 12:21 PM
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It doesn't need any parts. I was just showing the difference between it and later ones. It came to me with a motor and a bad light installation, but I took those off very quickly. It will go back to a hand crank.
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I read somewhere model 99 was Singers first machine that came fitted with motor and lights sort of right out of the box. I'm not sure of the details, but I guess the earlier motor setup was fitted as an option later on. I rewired my 99K, original motor and light, but it's the correct type for the model and it was electrical from the beginning.

I'm afraid a hand crank will not be used much, at least how the situation is around here. A couple of people I know have permantetly fitted a buttonholer to a hand crank, another has it set up for precision top stitching for a sepfici thread type. A few treadles are the only non electrical machiens I know someone has cleaned up and put back into regular and frequent use. I don't know everything though, the local historical society has a several rather old hand cranks set up for sewing in one of the buildings, even simple quilting classes have been held using these machines.

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Old 02-12-2017, 03:05 PM
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The model 101 was the first domestic electric Singer.

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I have been making lots of button holes lately. I think I tried a half dozen machines and buttonholers... Then decided the old green box buttonholer was made for the Singer 99. I have it set up with a hand crank and I can go all day making perfect buttonholes on that machine. My machine is my oldest 99 and one of my favorite ugly machines that Grandma nearly beat to death. When I got it it was barely moving and a rust bucket with washed off decals. It took a lot of clean up to restore it to working. I almost didn't clean up that machine... My grand daughter and husband like to grab that machine as their go to machine but it is mine and it does buttonholes...
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We do handcranks demos, so it will get a lot of use. GF's granddaughter is making a corset using only a 99K Handcrank. Haven't tried a buttonholer on one yet. May have to try it. thanks.
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