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    new vintage singer 99

    just purchased a vintage Singer 99 serial number AA133489---1924 model...this is one that uses the knee lever-which is missing--does anyone know where I can purchase one--?
    This model does not have reverse...
    How do you determine which knee lever is needed---an how do you decide if it is a 99, 99-13 or what?

    It is a beautiful machine and I have cleaned it up and ready to try-but in need of the knee lever...Your help is appreciated---Thanks again.

    can't get a [ic on the board-sorry..
    Carol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cacklinghen View Post
    just purchased a vintage Singer 99 serial number AA133489---1924 model...this is one that uses the knee lever-which is missing--does anyone know where I can purchase one--?
    The knee lever isn't important. You can bypass it by disconnecting the power cord and replacing it with a bakelite (or other) foot controller. If you already have one it'll be the cheapest option until you find a knee lever.

    The model variations are listed here. 99-13 seems most likely.
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 201K2, 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959), 15K90, Bernina 530, Pfaff:360 (1959) http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    Ebay is about the best source I know. Be prepared to pay.
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    or make one, not easy, but possible.. won't be "authentic" 2 styles I have,
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    there are two knee levers. Based on age, I'll guess yours has the FEMALE end - that slips over a pin in the case. The later style has a male end, and is much more common to find. There is a third style that has a female end but a straight bar that goes with the cabinet style - but that one is really rare.

    The second style came out around 1929 and into the mid 30's. With this style there is usually a bakelight plug on the back of the machine for the cord. With the older the motor is hard wired into the case.


    Expect to pay $30 - $50 for the lever, if you want an authentic one.

    If you do not want to pay - you can also convert the machine to take a foot pedal. If you go that route, I'd suggest mounting the bakelight plug and wiring the machine to that, and then use the two wire cord that has the foot pedal attached.
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    I am a little embarrassed to admit this but I thought the foot control was missing on mine ( I was a total newb) so I put her away for a couple months. I brought her in one day to clean her up and test her and I glanced into the top and there was the knee controller! Sheesh Now I look into every top because sometimes things are tucked away into them...LOL
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    One should always look inside the top of a bentwood case to see if anything is clipped there - some have places to hold a box of attachments, an oil can and the knee lever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunflowerzz View Post
    I am a little embarrassed to admit this but I thought the foot control was missing on mine ( I was a total newb) so I put her away for a couple months. I brought her in one day to clean her up and test her and I glanced into the top and there was the knee controller! Sheesh Now I look into every top because sometimes things are tucked away into them...LOL
    I was going to ask Carol if she's looked in the lid.

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    thanks for all of the help--yes I looked in the lid and it is not there--I am pursuing the part as I can not wait to use it--it is a beautiful machine--hopefully one day I will learn how to post the pics on here--as I have collected a few more old machines and use them--they are getting hard to find in our area--again thanks for all the help!
    Carol

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    I need to check my 99 to see what it has or takes. maybe see if i can convert to handcrank.
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