Vintage SINGER 99 Model Hand-Crank Sewing Machine with Carry Case in need of restoration. Do look at photos. Not sure if this is the 99 or 99K model, think it's one of the earlier models. Has original key for the case. (Bobbins and additional needles listed separately)Stupidly we put this in the cellar for a few years, so there is rust e.g. faceplate and on the hand crank and even some white mould on the wood. It almost works, but the upper thread catches on the tension discs (perhaps with restoration it will work again -but not guaranteed.)Pick up only as so heavy. London N8Singer 99K History
The Singer class 99 sewing machine was introduced in 1911 as a response to the growing demand for a lighter more portable domestic sewing machine that did not need to be used in a special table. In 1911 it had a list price in the U.K. of £6-10s-0d, although this was reduced to £5-4s-0d for cash purchases.
The 99 was a 3/4 size version of the established full size class 66. It used an identical mechanism and many of the same parts other than the basic body casting. The 99K stayed in production until around 1958.
The Singer 99 was a sturdy and reliable machine that was easy to use. It became very popular with occasional home users because at 22lbs (10kg), it was more manageable than 'full size' machines and it came in a storage case.
In 1921 the company introduced the option of a Singer electric motor making the 99K the first portable electric machine.
The 99 will sew most fabrics from fine delicates to denim or leather and will handle any normal household sewing task with ease. The machines have adjustable tension and stitch length controls. The 99K must always be mounted in some form of base because the underbed mechanism will not allow it to sit directly onto a table surface.
Early Singer 99's were sold in wooden bases with a small compartment under the balance wheel to store accessories and bobbins etc. At first they had 'Bentwood' (polished plywood) covers which are now thought of as very desirable. Later models were still fitted in the same wooden bases, but these slid into a mock crocodile suitcase style case for transport or storage. By the end of its production life the Singer 99 was mounted in a plastic base with a clip-on plastic lid, or a soft plastic dust cover. Unfortunately the plastic bases frequently crack.
A few examples made around 1934 were designed as portable versions. These were fitted into a special steel base with an integral hinged extension table. They were housed in a smaller than normal rectanglar plywood case, which opened from the front.