singer 99 made in Britian

Old 09-11-2020, 06:31 AM
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I have been given a singer 99 it says made in great Britain a century of sewing 1851-1951. It has a singer logo with a blue ring around the logo. my question is it safe to plug it up in America or is a wiring conversion of some type nessessary.
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Old 09-11-2020, 06:36 AM
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I would take a look at this post:

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Your machine should have a label on the motor which may give some indication as to whether it is actually wired for America or Britain. What kind of plug does it have? Maybe a picture will help. Also general electrical safety should be used - check for exposed wire, loose connections, etc.

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I just finished cleaning up a "Great Britain" 99, don't know why I didn't think of it the first time I read this post, and the specs on the motor label look OK, although not a very powerful motor at about 1/2 an amp, but I did notice the plug prongs are much smaller, the 99 plug is the one on the left in the picture.
Although it worked when I plugged it in for sew testing, I am concerned looking at it now that it may not make good enough contact in a standard outlet, so I think I will replace it, just in case. When I was working on it, I guess I thought it was just smaller, the same as everything else on the 99.
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All Uk plugs have 3 pins. Some electric shavers and tooth brushes have 2 pins, and may need an adaptor to plug into the main supply/wall in the UK. I have never known a sewing machine with 2 pins here.
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Thanks for the information I did read the label and it is made for The American market, In fact the motor was made in New Jersey'
She is a beauty and stitches great. thanks again for all the advice.
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If it was made in the UK, you should be able to find a "K" in there some where, it is usually 99K, or you will find the factory designation from the serial number. I can easily see why a UK made 99 has a US made motor, because of the Voltage differences beteween coutries (as I'm sure you are aware of) it would have been replaced. It could have been a hand crank and coverted to electrical motor too. I'm pretty sure all UK made 99 with original wiring will have two prong plugs. I think the last 99 was made in the very early 1960s, the first one about 1910 (before the three prong type). This model reponds very well to cleaning, oiling and a bit of care. It should run lightly and smoothly. Mine can get a bit noisy at full speed, I hardly ever push it to its' limits though. Make sure felt or rubber feet under the case are in good condition, check the belt too. If you are new to 99s; to take out the bobbin case fore cleaning, slide the bobbin cover completely off, there is a lift up lever there that slides towards you. This model turns very lighty when clean and oiled.


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