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Thread: Look what I have found! Vintage hand crank Singer Sewing Machine

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    Look what I have found! Vintage hand crank Singer Sewing Machine

    My son and I were just wandering through a charity shop on Sunday and he spied this lovely machine in the shop underneath a machine at the cashier's table. I was amazed that this machine was there because I have never seen one in a charity shop before.

    I asked the shop assistant and was told it was for sale and highly collectible. (I knew that before he told me of course! LOL!) He said that there was a part under the plate where the feed dogs were that needed replacing. The crank would not make a complete revolution and was stopping short of a complete revolution. I paid £20 for it and then took it home convinced that it needed a service.

    I am not savvy about old machines but went on the internet to look for someone to service the machine here in England. I came across a blog spot called 'oldsingersewingmachineblog'. it is manned by Sid and Elsie. Here is their link: http://oldsingersewingmachineblog.com (you may red to copy and paste the link). I email Sid and with his advice, managed to find a knot of thread was causing the problem! So now the machine is working though I have not tested it yet but will do after we have moved.

    I thought I would post some pictures here on the board. I will take my time and clean it up as best as I can and hope that I can bring it back to its former glory. At least I have a piece of history and I can pass some of that on to my children.

    My great great great grandfather and the grandfathers 2 generations after were all tailors and used hand cranked machines. Unfortunately, these machines did not survive the war. The only machine to have survived was my grandmother's treadle machine but that has since gone awol. I learnt to sew as a child on that machine. I hope to find one in the future.

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    Congrats!! We'll look forward to seeing the pictures!!
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    Isn't it a thrill to find a treasure! Can't wait to see your pictures----congratulations!

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    Hello B Lizzie,

    Lovely to hear from a compatriot. I keep telling everyone here that we have fantastic machines in England waiting to be picked up.

    Well there's a thing, my great great great grandfather was a tailor too, but I doubt he ever used a sewing machine, that's going back to pre-Famine Ireland. He was followed by three generations of tailoresses in this country, who I expect spent many hours on treadles.

    Looking forward to hearing more about your machine and what you make on it...

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    check for the missing plate in with bobbins and accessories.....when my Daughter bought one that is where the missing piece was hiding.

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    Thank you for the link you posted. I really enjoyed it.

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    Great find and nice that you were able to get it going again. What a fantastic price too ... even in pounds. I wanted to thank you for the website you included in this posting. I started reading through it and could hardly pull myself away. Loved the history and story about the 99K someone bought from this couple. Also, I never thought about all the machines that were lost during the war ... along with so many other things including the most important loss: lives. It was nice to read about your find. Hope it sews perfectly for you when you try it out. Hope to see pictures of it when you get it cleaned up and going.

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    KLO,

    My friend Mary, who was born just before the War, has an 1893 28K that her father bought for her mother as a wedding present for thirty shillings. They lived in London and their house was bombed. Her father was able to salvage the sewing machine and a clock, but not much else. It's a wonderful machine - it has that well worn look.

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    Looking forward for pictures~~love those old machines.

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    Been having problems with uploading pictures, tried everything I can think of; resizing, cropping, all sorts. Will try and post the pics. Please bear with me….
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    Please bear with me as I have to load the pictures gradually, thank you.
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    Talking

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Congrats!! We'll look forward to seeing the pictures!!
    Thank you so much!
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    Quote Originally Posted by harrishs View Post
    Isn't it a thrill to find a treasure! Can't wait to see your pictures----congratulations!
    Yes, it is not often that we find treasures like this. Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    Hello B Lizzie,

    Lovely to hear from a compatriot. I keep telling everyone here that we have fantastic machines in England waiting to be picked up.

    Well there's a thing, my great great great grandfather was a tailor too, but I doubt he ever used a sewing machine, that's going back to pre-Famine Ireland. He was followed by three generations of tailoresses in this country, who I expect spent many hours on treadles.

    Looking forward to hearing more about your machine and what you make on it...
    Helllo Muv,

    thank you. Nice to 'meet' someone from this part of the world! Indeed, I think that we have the best selection of vintage items from machines to all sorts. I guess it is because of the need to stick to tradition passed from generation to generation.

    My grandfathers of years gone by were wealthy tailors having obtained their wealth in tea plantations in China. When the red army came along, the family fled to Singapore and established themselves there as tailors until the Japanese came along and basically tore Singapore to shreds, destroying all that they had. The part between the occupation and freedom is a blur and there is no one left to tell the tale and they barely spoke about it. My grandmother spoke in bursts about how she hated the Japanese and that was all she would say.

    I cannot quite remember what happened since the end of the war but all I know is that they sewed on these machines.

    I will attempt to sew on this lovely machine once I get settled in our new home. It needs a little tender loving care. Once I am sorted with the move, you get bet your last pound/dollar I am going to try it out. Will keep you posted. Lovely to hear from you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SunlitenSmiles View Post
    check for the missing plate in with bobbins and accessories.....when my Daughter bought one that is where the missing piece was hiding.
    Thank you for the tip. I have had a chat with 'Sid' (I have now found out it is not his real name) and he walked me through what to look for. It wasn't a missing anything that was causing the trouble but a knot of thread that was stopping the mechanism. It needed a little bit of cleaning - fluff around the feed dogs. Now the crank is moving smoothly.

    As far as I can see, the attachments are all there. Will try and post the picture of what it came with later. I have tried to upload the picture that I took but it will not upload. I will need to take another one and try again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyncat View Post
    Thank you for the link you posted. I really enjoyed it.
    You are most welcome. I thought Sid and Elsie were great fun and so much information! It is not always that you get someone willing to share his information with the masses. Glad you enjoyed it. The most recent blog post is carrot cake. Fancy trying it out? I bet it tastes real scrumy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KLO View Post
    Great find and nice that you were able to get it going again. What a fantastic price too ... even in pounds. I wanted to thank you for the website you included in this posting. I started reading through it and could hardly pull myself away. Loved the history and story about the 99K someone bought from this couple. Also, I never thought about all the machines that were lost during the war ... along with so many other things including the most important loss: lives. It was nice to read about your find. Hope it sews perfectly for you when you try it out. Hope to see pictures of it when you get it cleaned up and going.
    Hi KLO,

    thank you. It is a superb price for England. Most antiques are recognised and priced nearer the £45 and upwards mark. To be able to get one under £40 was a bargain. It needs a little polishing and 'dusting' (lol) and once it is nice and shiny, it will have its place in a display cabinet. I will use it but it needs some recognition! (lol)

    The owner who donated it to the charity shop said that it was working perfectly until the crank stopped moving. My guess is that he/she was told that a part needed replacing and it probably cost too much. There are some unscrupulous businessmen/women out there ready to charge a premium for their service which is why when I found the website, I was so thankful that Sid was so helpful and had not jumped at the opportunity to service the machine as I originally asked him if he would do.

    Yes, the war did a lot of damage to our family and to millions of people. I feel that the heads of the countries should come off their high horses and sit down with their heads screwed on tightly and communicate properly. All this unnecessary pain and loss can be avoided. If people weren't so greedy and fighting for control the world could be a better place, don't you think?

    Maybe I am simplifying things too much but that is my heart felt opinion. Thank you for your post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    KLO,

    My friend Mary, who was born just before the War, has an 1893 28K that her father bought for her mother as a wedding present for thirty shillings. They lived in London and their house was bombed. Her father was able to salvage the sewing machine and a clock, but not much else. It's a wonderful machine - it has that well worn look.
    Hi Muv,

    how fortunate her father managed to save the machine and she still has it! What a lovely machine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagi View Post
    Looking forward for pictures~~love those old machines.
    Here are a few. I have to re take some more because for some reason, I cannot seem to download the pictures I have taken even after cropping etc. So please bear with me.
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    Here is a picture of what came with it. I am not certain if they are all there but I am so thankful that there are attachments that have come with it. It even has it's little oil can!
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    B Lizzie - You have a really nice 99K. Have you checked the year? What is the serial number?

    It doesn't need much of a clean up, just watch my videos to see how easy it is. Otherwise, PM me to tell me where you live, and if you are within an easy distance of here, you put the kettle on and lay on the cake and I'll get my hands grubby and have it sparkling in no time.

    It is far too good a machine not to use, it is a very reliable model. I get loads of use from my 99K. I'm sure you will like my Diamond Jubilee wall hanging which I posted a few days ago on the sticky thread Quilts Made Using Vintage Machines - for that I used my 99K and did the quilting on my 15K treadle.

    Your family have certainly taken a pounding in the past. For my family the hard times were in the 19th century and we got through the 20th pretty lightly. Can't say the same for my husband's family, he's an English born Pole.

    Glad you enjoyed hearing about Mary's machine. We have a young friend called Lily, she's 9, and she loves using Mary's machine when she gets the chance - it's wonderful to watch her, she's a natural.

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    Congratulations on your great find! Enjoy.

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    Hi Muv,

    yes it is a lovely 99K and it was born on the 6th July 1946 at Kilbowie, Clydebank, Scotland. The machine itself needs to be cleaned up and polished and it will look lovely afterwards. I need to figure out how to restore the lid to the box and the box as these have shown wear in them.

    Yes I saw that post earlier on and I am hoping to try this lovely machine out after we are settled with the move etc. I hope to post my creations on there in the near future.

    Once we are nicely settled, you are more than welcome to come and visit, not to get your hands grubby (unless I get hopelessly overwhelmed) and I'll have the kettle boiling and cake at the ready!

    You know, now that I have dipped my hand into this by accident, I am so hooked up on the machines that everything about them is new fodder! It is such an addiction! Thank you for pointing me in the direction of your videos. I most certainly will have a look at them. Any help is gratefully accepted. Thank you so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scakes View Post
    Congratulations on your great find! Enjoy.
    Thank you.
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