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Old 10-30-2011, 07:33 AM
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Thought I would introduce you to my newest "lost cause" project. She is a Singer Fiddleback Model 12 and what is left of her cabinet. She was listed on Craigslist and after bugging her lister for a couple of months he finally came off his price to where I would buy her. I could see in his pictures that she had a shuttle, and he confirmed there was a bobbin in it. It all turned, so that was good. She has been living outside under the edge of a shed, enduring all the weather that Texas can dish out, for the past 10 years. I couldn't leave her there, so I finally got her not too long ago. She is in various states of restoration right now, but here she is when I got her. She will have to be a repaint, but I have no choice.
Her shuttle had a broken and missing tension piece, so I AM LOOKING FOR A SHUTTLE!! Does anyone have one????? Her Serial number is 4393512 dating her back to about 1881.

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Jan, Your machine looks like it will clean up nice. But, Hubby said you don't really want her do you! You can send her to him because he has a MOP fiddle base 12K hand crank that needs a base she just sets in her bottom part of her orginial base. Here is a picture of his pride and joy.

Very pretty fiddle base 12K.
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Old 10-30-2011, 07:47 AM
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Nice fiddle base. I keep looking.
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:56 AM
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[yesterday to get her. (She uses a 15X1 needle which is good) Don't know her birthday tho. :-( Need help with that.[/quote]

What a beauty she already is, and will reallly be something when you get her finished.

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Old 10-30-2011, 08:59 AM
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Jan, Your machine looks like it will clean up nice. But, Hubby said you don't really want her do you! You can send her to him because he has a MOP fiddle base 12K hand crank that needs a base she just sets in her bottom part of her orginial base. Here is a picture of his pride and joy.[/quote]

Tell Hubby that I really do still want her and that his is a beauty!! I worked hard to talk the fella out of her. lol I would be thrilled to have that MOP in a hand crank, base or not !!

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Old 10-30-2011, 09:34 AM
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Would anyone have resources for bobbins for a 99K singer machine? Thanks in advance for your help. Donna
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I suspect that if some of you had been with me today, you would have smacked me for walking away from the machine I refused. It was a beautiful Singer, in fairly clean shape, the cabinet left some to be desired. The woman selling it had drawers full of old spools of thread, heaven knows only how much sewing junk in them...an old darning egg, pipes to put snaps on, etc. Yes, she did have the small manual and the attachments, if you dug thru all the other stuff. Uh...I have plenty of "stuff", including some of those old darning eggs.

I asked her if it ran. Well, she didn't know because she only bought it for a Christmas display. I want you to know I took off my shoes (because they are hush puppies) and waded thru standing water to get there, to hear this. She put this on display, with her drawers of antique stuff open...a Christmas display. LADY...put up a tree and a singing Santa like anyone else!!! She had masking tape running along the cabinet. $130 OBO.

Dh was at the end of the driveway, praying, "Dear God, Please don't let her buy that machine."

I handed him my cane, because the drive was steep, and I was nearly tipping over backwards. Having pulled the drawers out and offered me all these treasured spools of thread and other goodies...forget the machine, the owners sat in their comfy chairs. I scooted this stuff (did I mention,I also have boxes of wooden spools of thread, old needles, metal thimbles, etc?) and pulled the machine up out of the cabinet and looked at all the spider webs. I asked, stupidly, "How long since you ran the machine?"

"I TOLD you, I only used it for display.", I get, with an irritated sigh. Hmmm. I put the Singer down, stepped back, looked at it really well. Yes, there is a plug, but where is the foot pedal? Leaned over a tad closer, and....where the heck is the belt? OMG, is that dried up piece of worm laying there the BELT?

I looked at the man, because it was obvious that I had lost the woman. "It's a pretty machine, but the people who are really interested in them want the to run, and I am only interested in it if it will sew. I can't find that out because there is no belt on this machine." Huh? No belt. (No, dumb***, if you had actually LOOKED AT IT, while you were putting all these geehaws on display, you might have seen that. Obviously, I did not say that outloud. Thought it pretty hard tho.

"No, there is no belt, and anyone wishing to try it is going to need a belt on there. The rest of the stuff in the drawers in not important." I pulled out the manual, the accessories, and a couple of items marked Singer, and laid them in front of the machine. "This is what is important, right here. The people who want this don't care about the rest of it. Just the Singer, if it runs, and these pieces right here. Now, I can't lift the machine, it's too heavy for me, so I don't do repairs, and I don't do any restoration on cabinets, so I am sorry, but I can't spend that kind of money not know if it would run at all. Good luck selling it."

I told my dh, who was sooooo glad to be leaving without it, that they could have emptied the drawers and sold the stuff in there off by itself as collectibles. One of you would probably grabbed the machine up. I just wanted to smack them upside the head for putting it on display and not even noticing the belt and the foot pedal were gone. And to be honest, if it was a 1914 model, it was not really an antique, lol. To be an antique, has to be 100 years old. Like me, it's still only a collectible, lol.
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by valleyquiltermo
Would anyone have resources for bobbins for a 99K singer machine? Thanks in advance for your help. Donna
It takes class 66 bobbins, available at walmart, JoAnns or anywhere sewing stuff is sold. Get the metal ones, not the plastic ones.
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Question for you antique-loving folks - would you buy a Singer 128 for piecing? I've fallen in love with the cutest little 128, it's been fully serviced and looks wonderful (shiny decals, etc.). I know it's a 3/4 size machine and the feed dogs don't drop, so I don't think it would be useful for FMQ, but does anybody know if they work well for piecing? It's electrical, not hand-crank, by the way. The seller wants a little over $100 for it.

Thanks for any info/suggestions!
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:24 AM
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I need to buy some belts for my old singers....Billy do you sell them....or does someone know where to get them.

I have a 66 from 1941, a 66-18 from 1955 and a 99K from 1955...they all need new belts.
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Originally Posted by DonnaC
Question for you antique-loving folks - would you buy a Singer 128 for piecing? I've fallen in love with the cutest little 128, it's been fully serviced and looks wonderful (shiny decals, etc.). I know it's a 3/4 size machine and the feed dogs don't drop, so I don't think it would be useful for FMQ, but does anybody know if they work well for piecing? It's electrical, not hand-crank, by the way. The seller wants a little over $100 for it.

Thanks for any info/suggestions!
Absolutely! I've had more fun piecing on my 28K than any of my other machines! :) Cover those dogs and you can FMQ with it too, as long as it's not a handcrank...I think that might be a little difficult! ;) :lol:

I'd offer less tho... and only spend the "bit over a hundred" if they wouldn't come down on price.
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