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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:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...v-t167789.html

    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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    I am bidding on a 99 on eBay now, but she's getting kind of pricey. Yours is a beauty, for sure!

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    Oh I hope you get yours!! The price for mine was $59.00 and it came with a sewing cabinet that is ugly. My dh is going to strip the cabinet to see what the real wood is under that green paint. I was happy with my price! I was just so happy to have the machine right in front of me!! I'm not sure how high up I would have paid to rescue her!!!
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    Nice discovery! I'd like to see a photo of the "ugly" cabinet, too.

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    Nygal,
    You have a Singer 99, manufactured in about 1928. I have one just like yours that is a hand crank, my decals are in a little bit better condition, made in about 1931.
    Your machine has lovely decals, so please don't use any thing but sewing machine oil to clean with and an old soft t-shirt. Other cleaners will silver your decals or remove them.
    Be especially careful cleaning around the decal where the paint has worn off. Someone had a rag there and used it too stick pins into. I use the sewing machine oil that comes in a clear bottle that says "Zoom Spout" oiler, you can find it at JoAnn's,Hobby Lobby,sometimes Wal-mart. It has a long tube that makes oiling the old machines easier.
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    I got one with a wooden bow case in Springfield, Illinois for $50. The case needed refinishing and it is pretty now. I haven't sewed on her yet, but am looking forward to it. DD and I have been looking for a 99 and this one came up suddenly and was in such good shape, or course, I couldn't resist. It is dead ringer for yours so I guess we have twins. Good luck and follow Joe's recommendations. He knows. Say excited. Old machines are so much fun.

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    Oh yes, yours has a lovely quarter sawn base. How is the top? I used mahogony stain and brush on lacquer on mine and got it a new SINGER decal off the internet. The pattern is the wood is so nice on your machine, I had to comment on it. Keys are hard to find at reasonable prices. It costs $12.00 to have one made in Franklin, TN. Sometimes they are reasonable on the internet, but postage, runs the price up and they should only take a couple of stamps. Try antique shops. They generally have a box of keys and don't know what they are truly worth. Good luck.

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    Your's is beautiful!! I say they are sisters for sure..mine is the older sister. I wish mine had the wooden base to it. My dh may make me one.
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    Here's the pictures of my case for my Singer 99k. It also has the key to the case that is on a long piece of round elastic that's through the case handle.
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    Oh that is SO beautiful I wish mine had its case. I have to keep checking goodwill places every weekend and hopefully I will find a vintage cabinet that I can put mine on.
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    I just received a copy of the original instruction manual that is for my machine. It is so "cute". I am thrilled to finally have a set of instructions just for "Grace". I ordered it from Canada and it was worth the wait.
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