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Thread: I have a Singer K99

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    I have a Singer K99

    I have been given a Singer K99 which my husband acquired for me but needs a bit of tlc. I will post you some pics if you can help me I live in Australia, Melbourne, infact and have emailed Singer in Sydney New South Wales twice and have not had any reply. The bobbin cover is rusty and I need needles. I tried the plastic bobbins from one of my previous Singer machines, ( about 20 yrs old) and that bobbin fits in the bobbin case ok, would it be safe to use that.

    Also I have printed off the manual from the internet and it will need to be oiled, but as now I havent done anything to it just have it sitting on table in my sewing room and admiring it. It isnt in a case, and I wonder if I can get a picture of one in a case so I know what I am looking for.
    Can you help me please. I could only upload one pic perhaps if you could private message me your email I can send you others as it would only allow me to send one.
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    Oh, you will love sewing with her. I have had mine for about 6 months and it is my favourite machine to piece with. I am using just universal needles in mine which work fine and I am sure you can get them in Australia. I got mine at my local fabric shop. I had to order a few things from Sew Classic in the states and I live in Canada but the duty etc wasn't too bad to ship it here. I just oiled the heck out of mine and she just purrs along now. Good luck with yours and I know the real experts here will help you out like they did me.

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    Congrats, I have one of these , they are wonderful!

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    aussiegirl,

    That's a nice little 99K, I really like the badge on it. I haven't seen one like that before.

    You machine takes the common 15x1 needles and the Class 66 bobbins.
    The plastic Class 66 bobbins will work just fine in it.

    Here is someone you can contact right there in Australia that carries parts and supplies for old(er) sewing machines: http://www.annebonnyslocker.com.au/ckp/a.main/index.htm

    The gals name is Cyndy Kitt. I've done business with her and it went well.

    For the rust I've used three things. White vinegar, Navel Jelly, and a product called Evapo-Rust.
    I like the Evapo-Rust the best but I don't know if it's available in the AU.

    Joe

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    These vintage machines were manufactured to use metal bobbins and the weight of the metal does help them sew better and keep better thread tension. Yes, a plastic one will work, but the metal ones it was designed to use will work better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    These vintage machines were manufactured to use metal bobbins and the weight of the metal does help them sew better and keep better thread tension. Yes, a plastic one will work, but the metal ones it was designed to use will work better.
    Candace,

    Shusssshhh. Don't say that too loud. My machines don't know the difference. I've tried the plastic bobbins in all of my machines and none of them complained.

    But I do segregate them. We have two or three Singers with the plastic bobbin carrier and we keep the plastics for those.

    Joe

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    Your machine is lovely. You might be able to find a new bobbin cover if the current one doesn't clean up well enough. Enjoy!

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    Here is one sitting beside a case. Hope it's the right one.
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    I have a Singer 99, and I love her.. She has the bent wood box.. and she purrs like a kitten.. I also have a Singer 66, which I love also..
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    Thank you everyone for your comments and hints I will try to contact the person here in Australia as I would like to get the little lady working. Thanks ever so much
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    aussiegirl,

    That's a nice little 99K, I really like the badge on it. I haven't seen one like that before.

    You machine takes the common 15x1 needles and the Class 66 bobbins.
    The plastic Class 66 bobbins will work just fine in it.

    Here is someone you can contact right there in Australia that carries parts and supplies for old(er) sewing machines: http://www.annebonnyslocker.com.au/ckp/a.main/index.htm

    The gals name is Cyndy Kitt. I've done business with her and it went well.

    For the rust I've used three things. White vinegar, Navel Jelly, and a product called Evapo-Rust.
    I like the Evapo-Rust the best but I don't know if it's available in the AU.

    Joe
    I agree with all you say Joe. My 99k runs like a dream and is one of my favorites. I got all my parts from sew classic for a very good price.

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    I recently listed one for sale on this board. There's a picture of the case with it. http://www.quiltingboard.com/items-sale-trade-f20/1954-singer-99k-$120-t182642.html scroll down to the bottom of the pictures for the case.
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    I, too just bought a Singer 99K from an antique store. It is in good condition except the case around the handle has 2 holes where it should be attached. They had tryed to repair it, but my husband said he could do a better job, but that will be in the future. I've been sewing with her and I love it. She had been cleaned before I bought her but I did oil her again. These vintage machines are so much fun!!

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    I have a lovely 99K in the bentwood case, its a hand crank; sews beautifully.
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    purplefiend,

    I like that glow green seam guide. Might I ask where you got it?

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiegirl View Post
    I have been given a Singer K99....bobbin cover is rusty and I need needles.
    I wonder if I can get a picture of one in a case so I know what I am looking for.
    Joan
    Hi Joan,

    You will probably want to refer to your machine as a “99K” instead of K99. It’s actually a 99K31, made sometime in the 1950s in the Kilbowie Factory (that’s what the “K” stands for) in Clydebank Scotland. The motor may have been made elsewhere. Look for the metal tag on the motor. Many of the later Kilbowie 99K machines here in the USA have motors on them that say made in Canada.
    The model 99K31 has a backtack on it (can sew backwards) that was billed at the time as a "red dot indicator stitch length regulator”, the latest model 99 innovation. The numbered tension dial is also a sign of a later model 99. You’ll notice that AZ Jane’s and Purplefiend’s older machines both have no backtack and have a plain tension dial.

    Your machine takes common needles found nearly everywhere, either type 15x1 (Singer number) or 705 (Schmetz number). Replacement slide plates (bobbin cover) are available new. It’s part number 32569. Your machine takes Class 66 bobbins commonly available.
    Your machine probably came originally in a rectangular-shaped maroon and cream case like AshleyR’s machine that she has for sale.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/items-s...0-t182642.html

    I bought one this morning at a Junk Shop Clearance Sale, but the case had set in water and is completely ruined. The machine has some rust in the hook area and under the machine, but I think I can get it going again. For $5, I couldn’t pass it up. They make great little hand crank machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    purplefiend,

    I like that glow green seam guide. Might I ask where you got it?

    Joe
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    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post


    What? They didn’t have a purple one?????

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