It’s Not a Featherweight….

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It’s a Singer 99K!
I found it at a thrift store for a whopping $55!

So,DSCF5895 I’ve been doing a lot of research on old machines ever since, and I have learned quite a bit… and there is SO much more to learn!

I can blame Bonnie Hunter for my latest obsession.  She’s been posting about her vintage machines for a long time, but her most recent post was about her replacement Featherweight that she is getting tricked out and painted  School Bus Yellow.

I’ve never really been fascinated by the Featherweights, but I love all gadgets and machines, so I got curious as to what was posted in my local Craigslist area.  I specifically started looking for treadle machines, and  I found quite a few, but one specifically caught my eye.  It was a beautiful Singer!

However, I started thinking about the sewing machine, an Anker RZ, sitting in my garage, that had been rusted out during a flood in my mother’s basement a few years ago, when no one thought to look into the box containing the machine.  It’s the sewing machine I learned to sew on, the one my dad brought into the marriage, and I’ve been hugely disappointed ever since I brought it home that it was in such a state.

Of course, I waited until the morning of my appointment to see the treadle to find someone who said he could clean off the rust and get it working, so I cancelled my appointment to see the treadle, thinking it would cost a lot to restore the Anker RZ.  I was pleasantly surprised to find the cost more than reasonable.  But by the time I contacted the seller again, they had changed their minds about selling the treadle.  I’ve been kicking myself ever since.

I haven’t figured out which model of the Singer 99K that I have, so will be researching that further.  I’ve gotten it cleaned up and oiled, though, and, as you can see in the photo, even started sewing my 2” charms for the postage stamp quilt on it!

I signed up for the swap again that the Curious Quilter is hosting, this time for 12 packets, and I can’t wait to get my list of buddies!  In the meantime, I’m planning on getting quite a few more charms sewn together this weekend and finish putting a border on a jelly roll race quilt.

Enjoy your weekend, and Go Broncos!

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2 thoughts on “It’s Not a Featherweight….

    fibercrush said:
    November 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Looks like the machine is in good condition! Have you tried figuring out where and when your machine was manufactured? If you have the serial number (likely on the underside of the machine — not the case), then look here: http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_machine_company/singer_dating_by_serial_number.html

    And perhaps for an idea of your model: http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_machine_company/singer_manufacture_dates_by_serial_number.html

      ArtisanAtHeart said:
      November 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you! Yes, it’s in great shape, it was well cared for. I’ve done a lot of research, with varying results, but just today confirmed with the Singer website that it was issued in 1954. The serial number is located on the front of the machine near the base and starts with an EJ so it was made in Clydebank, Scotland. Getting to know the history of these old machines is really fascinating!

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