...a Singer 99K sewing machine and what a gleaming beauty she is.
I chanced upon her a couple of days ago in a Red Cross furniture shop. Mr. Red Cross Man said that the machine had been tested for both electrical safety and whether it worked (which it did), and that I had thirty days to take it back if I wasn't happy with it. You can't get fairer than that I thought, so I handed him the money and lugged it back to the car, hoping that it would work.
Now, I've learned a lesson from this particular shop: if you see something you want - buy it straight away or else if you leave it, it'll be gone when you change your mind and next go back to the shop (this applies to a 1950s china cabinet that I 'ummed' and 'ahhed' about and lost to my indecision).
I couldn't wait to try the machine out when I got home; I threaded it up, plugged it in and bingo! It worked perfectly and the motor hummed happily away - unlike the loud clatter my modern cheapo one makes as it reluctantly sews a seam.
After finding the machine's serial number and doing a bit of research on the web, I've found out that it dates from 1960. There is a busy online community for vintage sewing machines and it appears that the 99k is a popular model; you can easily get spares and I've even downloaded a free handbook for this model too. Once I get some new needles and give her a clean and oil, I'll have to put her through her paces.
Hmmm, what shall I sew next...perhaps the maxi skirt in red crimplene?
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