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Proud new owner of a 1915 Singer 99 handcrank

Old 10-23-2013, 06:28 PM
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Default Proud new owner of a 1915 Singer 99 handcrank

I'm thrilled I found a complete 99 handcrank in a really nice bentwood case for $80 at an Edmonton Antique mall today. This is the first one I've ever seen in this condition for this price. I'm soooo excited to get it home clean it up and start sewing on it. I am new to the hand crank world, any advice on adjusting or maintaining the handcrank mechanism would be wonderful. As of right now there is quite a bit of "play" in the hand crank, you have to push the handle towards the wheel to keep it in gauged. [ATTACH=CONFIG]442871[/ATTACH]
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:25 PM
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Your machine looks to be in lovely condition. Did it have any goodies in the side compartment?
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:29 PM
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Yep, some really old looking tucker, ruffler and hemming feet. All duplicates of what I already have, but its super fun to find really old versions.
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Very nice one. I posted last week on my Lavincedore and the hand crank that I put on her. She sews very nice. In order to close the case and lock it I had to take the crank off. As soon as my room is up and running I plan on having it out all the time. I saw some one posted on here a china cabinet that she put her vintage machines in the top shelves with the glass doors so you could see them, yet they are protected from the dust. I might have to do that with my special ones.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Redsquirrel View Post
As of right now there is quite a bit of "play" in the hand crank, you have to push the handle towards the wheel to keep it in gauged.
There is supposed to be a small "detent" that hold the handle in place when ready to use. There is a small silver knob about 3/16" across that you pull out to lock or unlock it in place. I will look to see if I have any pics of the area and post that.
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Beautiful machine!!!
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:58 PM
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Very pretty machine! I have her twin. Here's my 1931 Singer 99K hand crank.
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I love the wood cabinets....they are so awesome!
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Old 10-26-2013, 08:15 PM
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Note, after looking at the comprehensive Singer dating list, this machine is from 1916 from a a batch of 20,000 out of Scotland, so its a 99k.
Another cool thing about the cabinets is the lock. I just happened to have a 4 sided antique key that fits it perfectly. So I can lock the top on too.
I need to get a proper screw for my hand crank to work and some playing around with the tension which sounds like a common problem with these guys. Top tension seems to tight even on the loosest setting. I'm guessing a good clean is order for those tension disks and post.

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Congrats on your 'new' handcrank. You're going to love it once you get it up and running. The only disadvantage I see is that I've had to put a lamp next to my machine.... no electric light on a handcrank.
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