Classic Singer 99 Vintage Sewing Machine Review

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Don’t let the smaller size of the Singer 99 sewing machine fool you for one minute. This machine is a beefy little tank of a sewing machine that will last for generations with just a little bit of care.

When in proper, serviced condition, the 99 will sew delicates to denim and handle any of your household sewing needs with ease.  This review will give you the specifications and other information to help you get to know the   Singer 99 and why it's considered  sew classic. (free manual download at the bottom of the page)

The machine is a ¾ (three-quarter) size head due to it’s shorter “wheel base” so to speak, so it won’t fit in a standard size cabinet or case. It's important to be aware that the Singer 99, like it’s larger, "twin" sibling the Singer 66, cannot be used directly on a table top surface. It must be either mounted in a cabinet, case or other suitable base for the parts on the under side of the machine to be able to move and function properly. As a side note, the Singer 66 is basically a full sized version of the model 99.


 
  

 
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Specifications for the Singer 99:
  • ¾ size cast iron head with all metal linkages
  • Weight- about 22 pounds (not inc. the case)
  • Low shank, screw-on feet
  • Standard sewing machine needle (130H/705H or 15x1 needle systems)
  • Adjustable stitch length
  • Back tack function on some versions of this model
  • Belt driven
  • Built on light
  • Oscillating, horizontal hook with a drop in bobbin - class 66
  • Straight stitch only
  • Uses feed cover plate- feed dogs don’t drop.

Photobucket  People often mistakenly refer to the Singer 99 as a "Featherweight".  It's not. The Singer model 221 and 222 are the real Featherweight models.  

To the right, is a photo of a Singer Featherweight 221 sewing machine.

I LOVE the Singer 99 for teaching beginners to sew, and I absolutely love this model for kids. Often, the temptation when buying a machine for a youngster or a begineer is to get them one of the small, cheap plastic machines. It has been my experience that these machines get broken much to easily for a youngster or many beginners to learn to sew with out frustration. The lightweight machines often end up stuffed in the back of a closet with other toys and junk piled on top of them, and they tend to bounce around on the table while sewing. They are also prone to getting knocked out of time.  The Singer 99 is striking to look at, built like a tank, stays put, and will sew gorgeous stitches for generations on a wide range of fabrics. Timing adjustments are very rarely (dare I say never?) needed on a Singer 99.  So, you can understand why I love this machine for kids and beginners. 



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Here’s my favorite part - it can be converted from electric to hand crank and back again! This is great for the youngest kids. There are no worries that the machine will “run away” on them, because the child IS the motor.  Of course, young children should always be supervised.  You just never know what they'll do when you look the other way.  The hand crank is also great for sewing aboard a boat, at the cabin, on the patio or anywhere that an electric outlet might not be handy. I always thought that it would be hard to guide the fabric with one hand while cranking with the other, but once I gave it a whirl, I was surprised at how easy it really was.  Yes, you can convert some of the full size machines to hand crank as well, but they weigh 10 pounds more and take up a bit more space.  The 99 provides full size beefiness in a 3/4 sized package.  

A Little Convertible for Summer - Singer 99 Hand Crank to Electric & Back Again!

These machines offer a tremendous value. A fully service, refurbished and guaranteed Singer 99 can be purchased for about the same price as one of the cheap, flimsy, plastic, made in China, disposable machines from the discount store. As far as quality and durability, the discount store machine can’t even come close to the Singer 99. 

Some Varieties of the Singer 99:

  • 99K10 - Aluminum rather than iron head (not common)
  • 99K13 - Electric portable with wooden cover or carrying case, knee control
  • 99K16 - All metal (electric) portable with carrying case
  • 99K17 - All metal (electric) portable with carrying case
  • 99-31 Newer model with back tack abilities
  • 185K- "modern" looking version of the 99-31.  minty green, sleeker lines, mechanically identical to the 99-31

    The “K” in Model name indicates it was made in Kilbowie, Scotland



Things to watch for when buying an "atitc fresh" Singer 99:
  • Inspect all electrical wiring carefully- rewiring is often needed
  • Look for missing or worn hook lubricating felt
  • Rotten/dry/crumbling bobbin winding tires
  • Missing tension parts
  • Missing knee levers (for those that came with one)
  • Bent or broken spool pins
  • Mising bobbin cover/slide plates
  • Siezed, rusted or frozen mechanisms
  • Feed dog adjustments sometimes needed

Is the Singer 99 INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH?? There is a full exlination of this, and other marketing terms in the eBay Sewing Machine Buying Guide - just scroll about 1/2 way down the article.  In reality, the Singer 99 is a fine, well built, sturdy, strong HOUSEHOLD sewing machine. If it were industrial in ANY way it would weigh about  4 times as much, and would be mounted into a large industrial table.  It wouldn't be so darn cute either! 

Industrial, Commercial Grade, Professional, Industrial Strength & More- Sewing Machine Buying Guide

FREESinger 99 manual(download in PDF form)

Sew-Classic.com
More info on an INSTANT marked needle plate for any vintage machine!

 

 
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  • Friday, November 07. 2008 Breanne Fraser wrote:
    I still can't believe that these machines sell for so cheap. I see these antique singer machines everywhere and they rarely cost more than a couple hundred bucks. Not a big price to pay for such a piece of history.
    1. Friday, November 07. 2008 Sew-Classic wrote:
      Breanne,

      The prices for vintage sewing machines are all over the map.  One can spend absolutely nothing on a free, curbside find to thousands of dollars for a highly coveted collectors machine, and everywhere in between.   If one spends $200 on a brand new machine, you'll get more fancy features, but it can't hold a candle to a fully refurbished Singer 99 in quality or durability.  Years after that new machine has been sent to the landfill, the 99 will still be sewing.  
  • Sunday, November 23. 2008 Erika wrote:
    Hello, I have been looking at model 99's for my daughter (12 years old) for her first machine. I totally agree about it being a wonderful machine for beginners the problem is I dont have one and never have owned one so I do not know which accessories these use. I know it is a short shank machine and screw on but wht else should I be looking for when hunting down feet and such? I appreciate any help onthis!
    1. Sunday, November 23. 2008 Sew-Classic wrote:
      Erika,

      The 99 is a straight stitch machine with narrow feed dogs, so really wide feet don't always line up well.  You can look at the free manual at the bottom of the review and see what attachments were orignal to the machine.
      1. Wednesday, December 03. 2008 Annette wrote:
        Please let me know where to find the free manual. I finally took out the machine my son bought me several years ago and set it up. I got curious and found that it is a Model 99. It is a beauty and I want to use it. Thanks for your informative review.

        1. Wednesday, December 03. 2008 Sew-Classic wrote:

          Free Singer 99 manual   (download in PDF form)


          1. Monday, August 02. 2010 Beth wrote:
            Is the Singer 99 manual PDF still available? I need one for the machine I just got. I would like to know where it needs to be oiled and general information.
            Thanks.
            1. Monday, August 02. 2010 Sew-Classic wrote:
              Just click on the link to the manual right in the above entry (towards the bottom)
          2. Friday, August 27. 2010 beth wrote:
            The above file (Free Singer 99 manual) is no longer at the above link. Is there another way to download this manual. Thank You for the wonderful review!!
            1. Friday, August 27. 2010 Sew-Classic wrote:
              The link works perfectly for me. 
  • Thursday, December 18. 2008 Jill wrote:
    I just wanted to send my sincere and hearty thanks for your wonderful review of the Singer Model 99. It is quite informative and helpful! Best regards, Jill
    1. Thursday, December 18. 2008 Sew-Classic wrote:
      I'm so glad to know that you found it useful, and THANK YOU for taking the time to let me know that it was helpful!

      I've been lucky to "meet" so many nice people like you through my love/obsession with classic sewing machines!  I hope you enjoy your Singer 99 for manny years- It's a cute dandy! - Jenny
  • Wednesday, January 21. 2009 Onalee wrote:
    Thank you for all the wonderful advice. I have learned so much about my machines! I began sewing on my mom's singer 600 series in 4th grade and now have my own collection (much to my family's dismay.) Last summer I found out my great grandmother's Singer treadle is safely hidden in my mom's basement. Last summer my business was asked to be treadle demonstrator at a local reenactment. "Sure!" I eagerly replied. Since I didn't own one I didn't realize what I was getting myself into. With kind assistance from many on the internet we acquired and have working two 66's. We found a 128 for my 10 year old daughter and turned it into a hand crank. January has been a time of transition for me as (moment of silence, please) my Singer 6230 gears ...well, you know, ground to a halt. Out to my pile of aquisitions I trod to unearth (brace yourselves) a 401, and a 500A! I'm proud to say I downloaded manuals and oiled and greased them myself and only had to pay $20 each to get tensions rebuilt. Then I discovered a 404 that I had serviced a few years ago. (It was hiding under bolts of fabric.) All advice on internet points to junking the 6230 and using the beasty beige ones. Humph. I'm going to miss that auto-bobbin-winder with the glass window.
    I just got back from the second hand store looking for attachments and voila!!! I found some attachments...with a 99K-31! Near as I can figure from your website I've got an elusive reverser! I'm so excited - and yes, I realize my box of parts won't fit my slants. I am stumped however, as it is in a table (doesn't fit very well) stamped with March 1976 date. Serial number on machine places it 1957. Hmmmm. I tried my Nancy Drew tactics on the internet. Any info on this special smaller opening table? Was this part of featherweight line? I'm just curious. Plus the electrical for the table (knee controller) doesn't jive with the electrical of the machine (foot control). The eletrical of the machine seems to be alright - no cracks,etc. so I'm planning to leave that alone. Don't know if it stitches correctly yet but I'm sure the tension's wacky and the light doesn't work....that's tonight's project. Thanks for providing such great news about my newest toy, tool, friend.
    With kind admiration,
    Onalee
  • Monday, March 09. 2009 Arthur Yates wrote:
    My wife has a small collection of 34 singer machines.
    She has been using a 66 treadle for quilting. With a spell of 12months without use it has seized
    The crank is free as is the bobbin dispenser
    Are there any repair manuals available that I can access
    Thank you in anticipation
    1. Monday, March 09. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
      Yes, there are several places on linethat sell repair manuals specific for the model. You might even find a free one if you hunt around on the Singer Site.  Try googling it- that's what I would do if I were looking for that. 

      You could poke around the repair section of my blog- perhaps the machine just needs a proper clean & oil??  There is an entry devoted to DIY repair & maintenance.  
    2. Saturday, July 18. 2009 Leila McAlister wrote:
      My Mother's old Singer pedal machine got moisture locked from being in a house fire and would not turn at all. Someone told my Husband to get a can of [Liquid Wrench] and spray the parts with it and It really worked. You can buy Liquid Wrench at Parts stores or Wal Mart.
  • Tuesday, March 31. 2009 Ellen wrote:
    Are the feet for a Featherweight 221 and a Singer 99 interchangeable?
  • Sunday, April 05. 2009 Rita wrote:
    Thanks for the great sewing machine reviews, they have been so easy to understand. I literally am brand new to sewing, purchased a Singer 99 and took my first sewing lesson a few days ago. I'm a bit confused on purchasing the right zipper foot and buttonholer for it. The buttonholer part number in the manual isn't one I can find. I would appreciate any guidance on the correct part numbers for the zipper foot and buttonholer and if you are offering any. Lastly is there a zig zag attachment for the Singer 99. Thanks so much.
    1. Sunday, April 05. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:

      Off  the top of my head, I couldn't tell you the part numbers for those various attachments.   However, I can tell you that you don't really need to know the part numbers to get feet and attachments to fit your Singer 99.  As mentioned in the review on my blog, the Singer 99 uses standard, low shank feet and attachments. As long as the feet or attachments are low shank, you'll be fine. 

      You could also consider contacting the person that you purchased the machine from and ask them to look up the part numbers for you.  Or perhaps the person or dealer selling the attachments can give you some guidance on the product they are selling. 


  • Tuesday, April 21. 2009 Melanie wrote:
    I stumbled on a Singer 99K (99-13, I suspect) from Kilbowie on my local Classified board the other day. The family selling it had bought it at an antique shop 3+ years back for decoration on the shelf areas high-up near the ceiling in their house.

    I don't know how long it wasn't being used, but she never used it (in fact when I asked about "presser feet", she thought I meant the pedal. oops!!), and it's still in aMAZing condition. Even came with it's original Bentwood case (no key, darn it!), and I'm thrilled beyond measure.

    Thank you for writing your blog in such a way to help inspire others!

    Now I need to restart my "sewing machine fund" so I can buy a 301 from you in the future!!!
    1. Sunday, April 26. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:

      Congrats on your great find! enjoy!


  • Tuesday, April 21. 2009 Amie wrote:
    Hi Jenny,
    Thank you so much for this website...it has been so helpful! I just bought a Singer 66-16. You mentioned in this post that the 99 is like a smaller "twin" to the 66... Do you think the manual you have here for the 99 would help me out with learning the 66 as well? Thanks again!
    1. Sunday, April 26. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
      The Singer 99 manuual should do the trick- give it a try- it's FREE!
  • Sunday, May 03. 2009 MAXINE wrote:
    Any chance you all might tell me what is a fair or good price for a Singer 99? The one I was told about has one bobbin, one plate and one foot. The suitcase has waterstains on it.
    thanks loads!
    1. Sunday, May 03. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
      How Much is My Machine Worth?
  • Friday, June 12. 2009 Patricia wrote:
    Interested in the difference between a Singer 66 and the 15-91? Which would be a better value to sew some heavy duty material occasionally?

    Thanks
    Patricia
    1. Saturday, June 13. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
      The 66 is just a full sized version of the 99, and you've found that review. You may also want to read the Singer 15-91 Review as well.

      Generally, the 66's sell for less $.

      The machines have completely different hooks and hook orientations. Comparing Sewing Machine Hooks - Oscillating, Rotary, Horizontal, and Vertical .

      If you prefer the hook orientation on the 15, then the Singer 15 clones might interest you.

      If you are interested in a refurbished, guaranteed Sew-Classic machine, please feel free to contact me directly to one on one, purchasing and selection guidance.
  • Thursday, June 18. 2009 Kenny Horne wrote:
    Hi All,
    With my late father's 99K and the help of your manual, I have sewn my first stitches! I struggled with tension for a bit, but I seem to have it humming along nicely now. If only I could sew a straight line

    I am stuck on the presser foot pressure adjustment. I am playing with some scrap thin (old bed sheet) cotton (?) and I can sew sideways as easily as forwards when sewing 4 or less layers. If I bulk it up 8,12,16 layers of material the feet pull it all along nicely and I suspect that I could probably attain enough skill to sew straight. No adjusting "Thumbscrew W" as mentioned on pg 22 of the manual seems to get me where I need to be.

    Am I missing something, haven't tried hard enough, or should I just accept that thin material is tough to finesse?

    At the moment I only have one needle (If my magnifying glass told me the truth Schenutz 110) but am about to by some Singer 2020's .

    More than anything I guess I wanted to shout to the inter-ether that I have actually sewn some lines!

    Take care and thanks so much for the blog,

    Kenny
    1. Thursday, June 18. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
      Sounds as though you can't get the pressure high/hard enough to hold the thinner fabric securely.  Several things can cause this.  Since you mentioned that adjusting the thumb screw doesn't help, then maybe  the spring inside the presser bar assembly is worn or broken or the bar may need adjustment- hard to tell from over here.
      1. Thursday, June 18. 2009 Kenny Horne wrote:
        Thanks,

        I'll look into those possibilities tomorrow,

        Kenny
        1. Friday, June 19. 2009 Kenny Horne wrote:
          Hi Again,

          I suspect that it is operator error more than anything... The spring still has a good deal or "spring" and everything else inside lookes very clean and fit. I'm off for the weekend, but I'll try again Monday.

          Thanks again for the advice.

          Kenny
          1. Friday, June 19. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
            Check the feed dog height as well.
            1. Thursday, June 25. 2009 Kenny Horne wrote:
              Thanks for the tips,

              Things seem to be going well for the moment. Got some new thread and needles and I'm humming away practicing. I'll try to actually make something soon,

              Kenny
  • Wednesday, July 01. 2009 Elizabeth wrote:
    One of my husband's friends just gave me her grandmother's 99. I looked up the serial number and it was made in at the Elizabethport factory. It has the domed wooden case (with key!) and knee control and it has the scroll plate. Is there anything I need to know before I plug it in? Cosmetically, it needs a good cleaning and I'm sure it needs to be oiled and lubed. Also, I tried to insert the knee control lever into the hole, but it just didn't want to go in, and I didn't want to force it. I've downloaded a manual and will be spending some time this weekend doing that.

    I also have a 1936 treadle that I believe is a 66, 3 Featherweights (1939, 1951 Centennial and 1964 white) and the first machine I ever purchased, a 237 FashionMate.
    1. Monday, November 23. 2009 Andrew wrote:
      Hello Elizabeth, I don't suppose you know where I can download a manual for a 1964 Featherweight? My main problem is threading the bobbin under the baseplate and getting the needle thread to pick it up... lots of nooks and crannies and not sure which hole in baseplate (if any) to pull bobbin thread up through
      1. Monday, November 23. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
        http://www.singer-featherweight.com/sitetwopages/singfea.pdf
  • Friday, July 03. 2009 RaDonna wrote:
    I just bought a 99-31K with cabinet, all in excellent condidtion from Goodwil! I'm excited! I was wondering what kind of accessories came with the 99K and if you knew where I could purchase them. I have looked on e-bay, but all that is listed is replacement parts for the machine itself. I would be interested in all the feet and a way to convert if from a foot pedal to a knee pedal. Thank you.
    1. Friday, July 03. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
      As per the review, the Singer 99 uses low shank attachments.  These are very common and easy to purchase. If you download the free manual, it shows many of the original attachments. If you took the bracket and knee lever from antoher Singer cabinet and mounted to your cabinet, you would have a knee lever set up. Tthe knee lever activates the button controller placed in the bracket. 
  • Wednesday, July 08. 2009 Pj wrote:
    I just found a Singer 99 Ser # AD737112 from Sept 1934. Your site shows a different stitch length control. This one only has a large screw and no marked control. Do you have a different manual for this machine?
    Thanks for info
    Pj

    1. Saturday, July 11. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
      The machines will operate exactly the same apart from the stitch length control.  To adjust the stitch length on the machine you have, just turn the knob. 
      1. Sunday, July 12. 2009 Pj wrote:
        Thanks for info. That works for us
  • Sunday, July 12. 2009 glen wrote:
    my stitch length control leaver keeps moving up to smaller stitch as i sew on my 99k it only has a leaver no screw thanks
    1. Sunday, July 12. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:

      There is an internal screew/bolt that ajusts the resistance within the stitch length regulator.  This needs to be tightened.  You can access it from the area below the handwheel. If theis is beyond your compfrt zone or abilities, take it to your favorite sewing repair technician, or contact the person that sold you the machine for some after sales support.


  • Sunday, August 09. 2009 Elle wrote:
    Thank you for this review, it has been very helpful.

    I happened to be walking down my street a week ago and saw a black sewing machine at a yard sale and grabbed it, having no idea what kind it was. It is a 99k and, although it does stitch, I can't get the tension adjusted properly. I'm looking forward to getting this back into good shape.
  • Wednesday, August 19. 2009 Janice wrote:
    Having purchased a 99-13 at a yard sale years ago, I just now found I needed it when my Bernina had to go to the shop. Your web site was a godsend in finding a free manual for the machine (especially on threading, troubleshooting tension, etc.). I'm still trying to get the tension right and may have to have my favorite sewing matching technician give it an overhaul, but it's quite the gem! Thanks for your website and especially the free manual site and words of encouragement!
  • Saturday, August 22. 2009 Clare wrote:
    Great website, I hope you can help me with my problem. I have 2 99Ks and they've served me well over the years. I've currently misplaced the key for the case (I only have one working key for the two machines). Is there any way of getting in to the case without damaging it, as I know the key is around here somehwere!
  • Saturday, August 22. 2009 Jack wrote:
    I found that a very small flat head screw driver works well with most of the 99 cases.Take is easy when you turn the screwdriver.
  • Saturday, August 22. 2009 Clare wrote:
    Hi Jack, thanks for that. I've actually tried a variety of small screwdrivers, but to no avail. I hope I haven't busted the lock. Annoyingly the job I was going to do with it was going to take all of 5 minutes.
  • Saturday, August 22. 2009 Jack wrote:
    If all fails, ebay sites seem to sell them. I have ONE or all my cases. Seems like nothing I buy in this catagory of machine has a key. Everyone else has lost their also. So don't feel bad
  • Wednesday, September 16. 2009 Suzanne Ridinger wrote:
    I have a both a Singer 99 and a 192K
    Spartan. Will either of these fit and function in the carry case of a 185? Neither of these currently has a portable case.
  • Tuesday, September 29. 2009 Meredith wrote:
    where can I find a power cord for the Singer 99 in Australia? OR can the power cord from America be adapted to fit an Australia powerpoint?
  • Wednesday, October 21. 2009 Joy wrote:
    I am looking for the flywheel or handwheel belt for a machine for an elderly friend of mine. I have gone to different stores which all come up with something "that will work". But, this has already been tried with only limited success. The machine is a Singer 99K or 99-31 (unsure of which - or if they are interchangable - I got this from the manual months ago) and I am 150 miles away from the machine owner I am trying to assist. I called Singer several months ago and was connected with All County Sew. & Vac. in New Jersey. The lady there asked if it was a "solid" or "spoked" wheel, and said this made a difference, and of course, I didn't know. I now know it is a solid wheel, and am wondering where I can get the proper belt fast - The machine's owner really needs it, like months ago, and I have been remiss in finding it. I am in the New Orleans area. Does anyone know the proper belt part number, or where I can find same. I was hoping not to have it shipped all the way from N.J. Thanks. BTW, I do remember the machine is in a greenish or bluish color box.
  • Friday, October 30. 2009 Siobhan wrote:
    I just purchased my first sewing machine, after using my mother's (i believe) 1970's era Singer, and my roomate's newer Singer. I've always fancied having an old machine, namely one of those beautiful sleek black machines and started looking for one nearby. I stumbled on a great find just days after starting my search. After inquiring after it, I went and looked up some more information on the absolutely adorable 99 and low and behold, here it is. I absolutely love the way it runs, and the hand wheel runs without any extra force required, and it's just impressive to see the engineering and true craftsmanship that went into building these machines before computer controlled machining came about. I just have to say how excited I am that I have this peice of machinery that will last me longer than a bigger investment on a new machine will (so long as I maintain it, of course).
  • Saturday, March 27. 2010 Ruth wrote:
    I have a sewing table and would like to fit the Singer 99K I have in it. How would I go about doing this?

    Thank you!
    1. Sunday, March 28. 2010 Sew-Classic wrote:
      Well, do you have the correct table for the 3/4 size machine or are you trying to modify some other table?  Not much information to work with.
  • Tuesday, March 30. 2010 Diane wrote:
    I am trying to free motion with my 99K. Per the darning section in the manual, I have covered the feed dogs, threaded through the eye in the thread regulator, removed the presser foot and let down the presser bar. The results are terrible. Through internet research, I have tried suggested stitch lengths including very short stitches and zero stitch length to no avail. My sewing tech tells me that a short shank free motion foot - the one with the spring - won't work because the 99K is 3/4 size. He has offered to try and adapt a free motion foot by bending the arm that rests on the needle screw. What are your thoughts on this or do you have any other suggestions? I am not sure why I am unable to darn/free motion by following the instructions in the manual. I love your site Jenny!
    1. Tuesday, March 30. 2010 Sew-Classic wrote:
      1. If the feed dogs are covered, changing the stitch length is of no consequence at all. 
      2. Something MUST hold the fabric down in order to form a stitch correctly.  So, either use a hoop and/ or a darning/free-motion foot
      3. The size of the arm/bed (the machine being 3/4 size)  has absolutely nothing to do with the type of presser feet the machine will use.  Any of the low shank free-motion/darning feet on my parts site will fit the 99 without any modification to the foot. 
      4. Be CERTAIN to put the presser foot lever in the DOWN position before you begin to sew.
      5. You may have to more/ reposition  the thread cutter on the presser bar if it interferes with the foot.

  • Wednesday, March 31. 2010 Marilyn wrote:
    There is a photo of a vintage looking case at the top and right of these photos on this page. How can I purchase one of these cases?
  • Tuesday, May 11. 2010 sylvia delgado wrote:
    I just bought a Singer machine in a thrift store in it's original cabinet.It is small like my featherweight.It also says Singer Great Britain. The number indicates it was made in Scotland and from the Singer site it states it's a 128K. From what I have been able to find the 99 and the 128k look alike but I have not been able to find the scroll work that mine has on the metal front plate. It needs a bobbin case, bobbin and face plate for sure. I am looking to get it in working order but first need to find out what it is. Can someone help. Oh by the way I got it for $50.00.
    1. Wednesday, May 12. 2010 Sew-Classic wrote:
      The 99 and the 128 are both black, 3/4 size Singers, but they don't exactly look alike.  You say that you need to know what it is, but you are aslo stating that it's a 128K.   Gee, without seeing the machine, I can't tell what it is. Although not 100% accurate, if the serial number indicates it's a 128K, then it's a 128K more than likely.
    2. Saturday, July 10. 2010 LJ wrote:
      The 99 and 128K are totally different machines. The 128K uses a different bobbin setup- it has a thin long bobbin that sits in a bullet shaped shuttle (they are called vibrating shuttle machines). I have a 127K as well as 3 model 66 machines (two restored and used frequently, one in poor shape). I haven't gotten the 127 running. You can get the bobbins and parts at times on ebay, but you need to know what the parts look like. If you look through the Needlebar's main site, you will find tons of information on identifying vintage machines as well as restoring them. http://needlebar.org/main~nb/
      After getting my first 66 at a yard sale, I've gotten hooked on vintage machines. I love how they sew and how incredibly tough and reliable they are. My 66 (filigree decals) is my main machine and will sew through practically anything. (the 99 is the 3/4 version of the 66)

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