My new dream machine – vintage Singer 99

by brocobelle on October 7, 2011 · 8 comments

in Sewing Machines

Just had to share a couple of photos of the lovely Singer 99 I bought yesterday in a local charity store.  She is in lovely condition, all decals intact, and more importantly has her original instruction book, tool kit and set of feet -  hadn’t ever thought about using a ruffler, under braider, quilter or hemmer, let alone a tuckmarker or five-stitch pleater, but hey, I try to keep an open mind on these things.

I wasn’t sure of her exact date but the lovely folks at Singer have a serial number checker on their website, machine-serial-numbers link here.  I was able to accurately date this little beauty to 1939.

Test run will be taking place here in the Fens this weekend.  Happy retro sewing! brocobelle

STOP PRESS — STOP PRESS — STOP PRESS Have just lugged my little 99-er up onto my work table, threaded her & – hoping that she maybe had a bobbin already in there! – cranked the handle. She runs like a dream, a pleasing combination of purring and clicking as the handle turns. She manoeuvres really nicely on curves. Keen to try some free embroidery with her. Phew!

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Jane Karen October 7, 2011 at 5:42 am

Que charme!!!


Jane Karen October 7, 2011 at 5:43 am

Que charme!!!


quiltygal October 7, 2011 at 6:26 am

ohhh lovely a friend brought me a singer last week 1934…its been converted to electric but to plug into a light fitting don't think I'll try that myself :)


brocobelle October 7, 2011 at 8:15 am

The instruction booklet for mine says an electric lead is available – like you, not too sure about that!!!


Dana October 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

This is truly a beauty and an awesome find. I look forward to seeing what projects will come out of it!



Holly October 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

do you know a good place to buy needles for older machines? i'm looking for 2inch needles.


lmadden42 October 7, 2011 at 11:20 am

Did you know there is a cottage industry in making new attachments that will fit Featherweight machines?
Because these babies don't zig and zag they are prized by quilters sewing very straight seams. I, too, was able to find one with original parts, manual etc., even the case was in mint condition. I've since bought several updated feet. A great investment for a fabric lover. Mazel Tov!!


stitchnerd October 7, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Oh my gosh, I would love to add one of these to my collection. It is a beautiful sewing machine!


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