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    Quote Originally Posted by Icandothat
    I am looking at a singer 500 with the top cover unattached. I can't seem to attach it. Is there a secret way to attach this? Also, how hard will it be for me to find attachments for this machine?
    Would appreciate your input.....
    The "attach points" of the cover have metal "prongs" that I thought fit into the slots on the back in order to fit the cover on. Are there also separate pins?
    It's been a long time since I've put one on, but I remember some sort of clips that hold the top on. There's probably a picture of how they go on somewhere on the internet--everything else is here!!

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    I will go and take a photo of one of my 500's and see what it looks like and post it.

    Billy

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    Hi!

    I located an Adler/Belvedere from the 1960's. On another site someome said it is hard to get parts. Does anyone know any thing about this particular badged machine? Hope someone does. :-D :-D :-D

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    Here is one you probably haven't heard before.

    I hosted a fund raiser yard sale in my driveway during our local community-wide yard sale, today. We raised a nice bit of change for a scholarship fund.

    Well, last night while folks from our program were dropping off donations to be sold, I went out to help one lady bring in boxes to store in my garage for the next morning.

    Along with a number of cartons we carried in, there was a little cloth covered box that reminded me a bit of an old portable record player. I eyed it suspiciously and asked her what it was she was donating.

    Yep, right, you got it. Somebody brought a Featherweight TO . . . My yard sale!

    I have been watching all the online lists and visiting thrift stores and antique shops for the past three years watching for a featherweight cheap enough and near enough not to have to ship. . . and it walks into my garage.

    Go figure.

    She had been storing the machine quite a few years for one of her daughters. She is an old friend who doesn't sew and knew I pieced quilt tops. But, she viewed the 221J as a hand-me-down old sewing machine a neighbor lady had given her daughter many years ago.

    You know Antiques Road Show when people's jaws drop and then they freak out after they have learned they possess a treasure? She did manage to calm me down and insisted that I sit and play with the machine for a while. I was told that I looked like I needed a rest after the shock of the discovery.

    Yes, I bought my first featherweight from my own yard sale :-)

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    You lucky devil you. Way to go :) and congrats on the new treasure :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by aorlflood
    If you go to this site, they talk about the crinkle-finish featherweights. The picture she posts has the lines on the base like the one on Ebay...makes the one on Ebay look like it might be the real thing!
    http://www.antiqbuyer.com/featherweights.html
    I emailed the seller and told him I didn't think it was an authentic factory finish. His reply was that he purchased it at an Estate Sale and that it was genuine.

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    Hi Billy, I just found out that the Ambassador Machine is a Japanese product. Is it a badged machine for a Singer --if so for what model or models ?

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    Wow AARDVARQ! What a lucky garage sale! Tell us the year and post a picture of your new treasure! Way to go! That just tells the rest of us that they are out there -- not everyone knows what they have! Any one of us could find a FW at a yard sale!

    Do you guys/gals know anything about the Elna Supermatic? My brother-in-law just got one. Any information would be helpful!

    Nancy

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    I have started having a clear out in my sewing room and finally unearthed my hand crank Singer 99k. Now I can't find a date for it, could anyone help please? Serial number is EM734967. I suspect it is a late one, because it has the case that looks more like a suitcase, not a nice roll top one, but it would still be nice to know. (It also has Simanco 33681 underneath, with perhaps another digit below that, which looks like a 7)

    As an aside, I was delighted to see that it has some of the attachments that my FW didn't come with. Will they fit, does anyone know? Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I have started having a clear out in my sewing room and finally unearthed my hand crank Singer 99k. Now I can't find a date for it, could anyone help please? Serial number is EM734967. I suspect it is a late one, because it has the case that looks more like a suitcase, not a nice roll top one, but it would still be nice to know. (It also has Simanco 33681 underneath, with perhaps another digit below that, which looks like a 7)

    As an aside, I was delighted to see that it has some of the attachments that my FW didn't come with. Will they fit, does anyone know? Many thanks.
    EM- 701008 to 751007, model 99K, 50000 allotted, August 29 1957

    For everyone wanting to look up these things, you start at this site:http://singerco.com/support/serial_numbers.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I have started having a clear out in my sewing room and finally unearthed my hand crank Singer 99k. Now I can't find a date for it, could anyone help please? Serial number is EM734967. I suspect it is a late one, because it has the case that looks more like a suitcase, not a nice roll top one, but it would still be nice to know. (It also has Simanco 33681 underneath, with perhaps another digit below that, which looks like a 7)

    As an aside, I was delighted to see that it has some of the attachments that my FW didn't come with. Will they fit, does anyone know? Many thanks.
    EM- 701008 to 751007, model 99K, 50000 allotted, August 29 1957

    For everyone wanting to look up these things, you start at this site:http://singerco.com/support/serial_numbers.html
    Thank you Dunster, I will bookmark the website addy. Turns out this machine is older than my white featherweight! Now I have two vintage machines (and an antique Seidel & Naumann)

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    But how can it be vintage, when it's younger than I am???

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    Sadly, it's younger than me too - I thought the 'official' way of labelling these things is that over 100 years is Antique, and between 100 years and 40 years is Vintage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    EM- 701008 to 751007, model 99K, 50000 allotted, August 29 1957

    For everyone wanting to look up these things, you start at this site:http://singerco.com/support/serial_numbers.html
    Lacelady, what am I missing? I pulled up the site and can see where you get the allotted number of machines, where they were made, and year they were made, but how do you get the Month and day?

    What am I not seeing?

    Nancy

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    Singer 301A with case and looks like some basic attachments. They are asking $100. What you all think of that price?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    EM- 701008 to 751007, model 99K, 50000 allotted, August 29 1957

    For everyone wanting to look up these things, you start at this site:http://singerco.com/support/serial_numbers.html
    Lacelady, what am I missing? I pulled up the site and can see where you get the allotted number of machines, where they were made, and year they were made, but how do you get the Month and day?

    What am I not seeing?

    Nancy
    On that site, click either the dbl or single digit prefix. It should bring up a page with dates. In Grey box with Red writing, below is prefixes in Red. Click on whichever fits your machine. It brings up pages with the month & date as well as the year.

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    Thanks to Jane and Darcene for being so nice to this old man quilter on this board, I now have a complete set of attachments for my back mounted feet(66-1) I am using everyone of them or at least learning LOL. Thanks Ladies. Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Thanks to Jane and Darcene for being so nice to this old man quilter on this board, I now have a complete set of attachments for my back mounted feet(66-1) I am using everyone of them or at least learning LOL. Thanks Ladies. Glenn
    Glenn, if you have a complete set then the majority of the thanks must go to Jane.....I was only responsible for one foot....I hope that you are enjoying the machine and learning all about the attachments and all that you can do with them.

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    Glenn,
    It's really great that you have a complete set of attachments. I acquired a box full of various feet and "do dads" a couple of weeks ago and have no idea what many of them are for. Would you be willing to post some pictures of your set and let us know what they are used for? I was hoping to do some investigating but I haven't had the time. Started a new quilt (NY beauty - paper peiced) and it's taking all my extra time : )

    Judy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
    Glenn,
    It's really great that you have a complete set of attachments. I acquired a box full of various feet and "do dads" a couple of weeks ago and have no idea what many of them are for. Would you be willing to post some pictures of your set and let us know what they are used for? I was hoping to do some investigating but I haven't had the time. Started a new quilt (NY beauty - paper peiced) and it's taking all my extra time : )

    Judy
    I will be happy to post photos of the attachments and explain what they are used for but will be tomorrow, my camera is being recharged at the moment. You will most likely have a hemmer, ruffler, binder, quilt foot with guide bar and maybe a wide hemmer guide and if youare lucky it will have a bias cutting quide. Can't wait for you to post pics of your quilt. Glenn

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    I have a question for the ones who may know.

    Is it true you can drop the feed dogs on a 99K?

    If this is true, can it also be done on a Spartan 192K?

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    [quote=Gramof6]
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    Lacelady, what am I missing? I pulled up the site and can see where you get the allotted number of machines, where they were made, and year they were made, but how do you get the Month and day?

    What am I not seeing?

    Nancy
    On that site, click either the dbl or single digit prefix. It should bring up a page with dates. In Grey box with Red writing, below is prefixes in Red. Click on whichever fits your machine. It brings up pages with the month & date as well as the year.
    Geeze, that is so cool! I thought Billy and some of the rest of you had a secret place where you could find out the Month and date that the rest of us didn't see!

    Thank you!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deara
    I have a question for the ones who may know.

    Is it true you can drop the feed dogs on a 99K?

    If this is true, can it also be done on a Spartan 192K?

    Blessings,
    Sandi
    That's an interesting question? I have a 1956, 99K and I don't see any way to drop those feed dogs? I also had a Spartan -- I would seriously doubt the Spartan was cabable of doing something the 99K didn't do?

    The manual for the 99K does say that a feed cover plate is available to purchase for the machine -- it didn't come as an accessary with the machine.

    Nancy

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    "Yes, I bought my first featherweight from my own yard sale"

    Oh my goodness. This is too funny. I'd say it fell in your lap literally.

    Way to go Honchey. I e-mailed him too and his reply was concerning the three lines going around the top of the base and that the gloss blacks don't have that only the crinkle finish have them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvdek
    "Yes, I bought my first featherweight from my own yard sale"

    Oh my goodness. This is too funny. I'd say it fell in your lap literally.

    Way to go Honchey. I e-mailed him too and his reply was concerning the three lines going around the top of the base and that the gloss blacks don't have that only the crinkle finish have them.
    wouldn't the handwheel also be crinkle? it's shiny!

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