Friday, March 26, 2010

What followed me home?.....

This is what followed me home today.
Actually, we met over a year ago, when I was looking for a treadle.  I felt I didn't know enough to purchase this machine.  Today I had training near the store, grabbed a quick bite of lunch, and went to see what was in the store.  (They did have one other sewing machine--an electric Damascus with sewing table--I hadn't seen one of those machines before.)
This one was sitting in the same place it was in last year--hadn't been moved, and I'm not sure it had been dusted.
Machine, wooden case, some attachments.  No manual.
I thought it was a 66, but it's not.
It has a really beautiful face plate.
According to Alex Askaroff's list and it's serial number, it was manufactured in 1912.  
I misread the number.  Thanks to the help of those helpful Treadleonions, and to the Ott Lite that yielded a different number after dark, I now know it was manufactured in 1939 and is a Model 99.  (Thanks, onions!)

I thought it was the 30's or 40's before machines were manufactured with the krinkle finish.
The motor and light are shiny.  And clearly, the motor has been rewired to the foot control more recently.
My plans were to turn it into a people powered machine with the addition of a handcrank.
Included more accessories than I expected.  Have no idea what the bar with clasp-pins on the right might be (although it could be what was left when armed forces medal ribbons were removed--in which case it would have nothing whatsoever to do with the sewing machine.)  I do not know what size these bobbins are--the black ones are metal.  Love the wooden sewing machine needle tube!
This is the cover of the box--which is what originally made me notice the machine, since it is the kind that contained my mom's machine.
Needs some repairs, however.  Also, that light place on the previous photo is from damage when the machine flipped on its side at some point.

I'm looking for more information on this machine--I'm guessing the folks at Treadle On can enlighten me.

4 comments:

Quilter Emily said...

Hmm. It looks like my 99. Does it have a manual by any chance, and did the singer site say what model it was?
Good luck - it looks like a great machine!
Quilteremily

Stacy (S.E.W.Butterfly) said...

Awesome, Dora! I am converting a Singer 99 to a hand crank for my baby girl!

Lori said...

definitely a 99, and in the age between having no backtack and then actually having a reverse stitch. The slide plates goes on from the inside of the throat sliding to the outside of the machine I think. The bar thingy I think is for an attachment, but you only have a portion of the attachments for this machine. I'm not sure it was ever a people powered machine because the handwheel is solid not slotted. But then, they did lots of things when they felt like it back then!

Elly D said...

Lovely machine Dora! I like the krinkle look of the paintwork. I look forward to seeing your converting efforts and refurbishment of the box. Elly

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