My first serious attempt at restoring a vintage sewing machine. (I'm a busy girl, I have a fleet to build!)
This pic was what I had to go on, on the auction site. The reproduction cranks have plastic knobs. This one is wood - real, authentic, original.
(I'm really not snobby - I would buy a repro if I needed/wanted to).
It arrived and I was able to have a good look at it.
Twiddled and fiddled. She was siezed solid. No movement when turning the balance wheel. The guy I bought it from, seemed a little concerned at my intentions, re-iterated its stuck-ness and wished me luck.
Was only missing a bobbin cover - everything else was there. (I knew because I had been reading). I was a little scared - and thrilled.
Had fun finding out about the machine. From the serial number on the bed of the machine in front of the Singer logo/badge, I was able to find this gorgeous machine was:
Birthdate of July 12, 1932 and was
Made at the Singer Kilbowie Factory, Clydedale, Scotland.
Singer 99s are good to play with, because they are plentiful - you can pick them up for next to nothing. They are three quarter size - not as big as the sister treadles. You can get bits for them - parts are interchangeable.
I was now at the stage where I could recognise certain models from photographs.
It was time to roll my sleeves up and get to it.
Man, I'm glad I can read.
See the next steps.
# Sewing Machine
# Vintage Sewing Machine
# Singer Sewing Machine
# Singer 99
# Sewing Machine Restoration