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    I have an opportunity to purchase a late 1950's Singer, model (99-) for $20 dollars. It looks like a great machine. The bobbin plate is missing. Is it worth purchasing this machine. Are parts easily available. It's supposed to be in working condition and I do plan to have it looked at be a Singer service repair person. I'm thinking for $20 I can't go wrong...Any opinions???

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    Go for it! $20.00 is not too much. Parts are usually available. And people here have talked about ebay for some parts...

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    The 99 is a sweet little machine, simple, plate shouldn't be hard to find. Go for it.

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    Why don't you have it already? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    Why don't you have it already? :lol: :lol: :lol:
    So true. Someone should kick me in the head for not, at this minute, be pounding on the door of the seller, right? LOLOLOL...

    Had mother-in-law problems, she's 86, in early Alzheimer's, couldn't go today to pick up or else that sweet little baby would be sitting in my house right now. Darn mother-in-laws....just kidding! ! ! I better watch what I say, I might be a mother-in-law one day, lolol....

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    Buy first, ask questions later!!

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    Plates are uot there and for most thngs, you can service it yourself with the instructions in the vintage machine site. I don't touch electrics, but older motors are so uncomplicated, they don't need much.

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    definitely - 66's and 99's are great machines and $20 is a reasonable price for one.

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    I bought my 99K (born in Scotland 11/20/56) at a garage sale Thurs for $12.00 In perfect condition! Came home & cleaned & oiled. Fri sewed a whole quilt on it. Great machine! On ebay they are going for $150. to 250.

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    I just paid $100 for a 99 in wonderful condition with a bentwood cover in great shape. Grab it for $20.

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    If you don't snatch it up at that price, please please please tell me where to find it! Seriously, just take it to a Singer repair service center (and there are even repair centers for older machines; I've been in a couple). Have it cleaned, oiled and looked over. It might need a belt or something along with that new plate. At any rate, it will be like getting a brand new machine back. You don't want to find out about any new problems when you're deep in the middle of a new quilt!

    The owner of a second hand repair shop for Singer is a friend of mine (went to high school with him. His wife was my best friend.) He says Singer is really invested in keeping the old Singers in good repair, and why not? Can you think of any other sewing machine from the 1920's that is not only still working, but working well, and has parts available? It's a big part of their reputation and image as a "Dependable Machine", so they won't let you down. Oh, how I wish I had my Great Grandmother's treadle machine! Wouldn't you know they just junked it. I cringe every time I think of it. Oh, well. Water under the bridge. . .

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    For 20.00 I'd get it. The slide plate from a 66 will fit a 99, they also share the same belt. Check the wiring from the lamp and motor wiring for cracks, oil her up and go to town.

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    Picking up my baby tomorrow. I work night work and had to work all weekend, I know, I know, I should have had her at my house already, lololol...Can't buy the machine if I don't work to pay for it, lol...I'll let you all know what she looks like when I get her home. Can't wait! ! ! Now, I quess I have to give her a name...Hmmm, thinking hard on that one.......Chat later...........Babs

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