Can I say that I have some really awesome friends? I really do!! Just check out what one of my friends gave me…
Yup! A vintage Singer sewing machine. She sure knows the way to my heart;) THANKS BUNCHES ESRA!!! You guys might remember my too awesome of a friend Esra from this post where I made her a thank you gift. Now you can see truly how generous and thoughtful of a friend she is! For no special reason or occasion, she got me this wonderful gift!
Based on the serial number, this beauty is from 1928. It came in it’s original Singer Bentwood box. It’s a model 99-13 portable sewing machine (based on some research I did). This is back in the day’s idea of portable! Let me tell you, this thing is nowhere near portable. It weighs about 34 pounds. Imagine lugging this around. Today’s sewing machine (well, my Brother that is) weighs about 18 pounds. If you want to throw in the hard case cover that came with my sewing machine, then it weighs about 21 pounds. That’s still less! I struggle enough with my 18 pound sewing machine which I transport in a sewing machine case on wheels! Okay maybe it’s not much of a struggle since it’s on wheels, but I do struggle getting it in and out of my car! I admit, I’m bit of a weakling folks:D
It does come with a motor. However I’m not sure if the motor works because I can’t test it out. It didn’t come with a knee bar or foot pedal. However, the machine does sew fairly well. Yaay! I tested it out with the hand wheel which I’ll show you below.
Check out that light on top. I was so excited to see it light up… hehe.
The bobbin cover was missing also. I actually did find an online shop that sells parts for vintage Singer machines, so I can get a replacement no problem.
(Side note: I created this simple collage via FotoFlexer. It’s as easy to use as Picnik’s.)
Turns out there was an unexpected little surprise inside the cover as well!
Confusion was my first reaction to these foreign pieces… well they certainly were foreign to me! Don’t worry folks, I may not be an expert sewer and can be slow at getting things at times, but I did know they were foot attachments. Yaay me! I was just clueless about what purpose they served exactly. I think the only attachment I was able to recognize was the ruffler (2), but it wasn’t immediate. I admit it was a “duh!” moment:P Thankfully, I was able to find an owner’s manual for class 99 which listed the attachments. For those of you that are in the same boat as I am, here are the names: 1. The Tucker 2. Ruffler 3. Seam Guide 4. Binder 5. Adjustable Hemmer 6. Foot Hemmer 7. The Quilter. The names are self explanatory, right? How to use them is another problem that I will have to experiment with one day with the help of the handy dandy owner’s manual (and I’m sure some googling!).
Now that we’re all a little bit more acquainted with this beauty, lets get on to the testing! So of course, no knee bar and no foot pedal means I have no choice but to use the hand wheel manually. Secretly, I’m kinda excited to be using the hand wheel and doing some old fashioned style sewing..hehe!
That old and dirty thread spool you see actually came with the sewing machine, so I decided to do my testing with it. It didn’t come with any needles, so I used my own. With the help of the owner’s manual, I figured out how to thread the machine. Talk about confusion, but I did get it on the first try. Yay, so far so good!
That’s the tension knob. See the red marks (I’m thinking that’s red nail polish)? I’m thinking that’s there for a reason, so I didn’t question it and made sure that the two red marks were lined up (they weren’t lined up initially). Here we go!
It’s sewing, and so far so good!
Here’s the backside. I still have to fiddle with the tension, but no so bad!
Now on to making a real project with it… but it’ll have to be a simple one. I’ll be sure to come back and share it with you!
In the meantime, I need to figure out if the motor works. If any of you know how I can figure that out without a knee bar or foot pedal, please do share!
I did clean up (and disinfect) this baby, but I need to polish her up just to add some shine! Oh… also if you guys have suggestions on how to get the “old” smell out, do share that too… it’s mainly from the wood and the green attachments’ box. Everything I tried just didn’t work… just a slight improvement.
I’m not sure I’ll be making that many projects on this machine, but I do plan on having some fun with it! How can I not? :D
Thanks Esra for the best gift ever!!!