Saturday, 12 December 2015
Going To A New Home
One of my friends mentioned a while ago that her sister was looking for a sewing machine. Her sister is teaching children to sew, and she has a particular little girl in mind who she wants to start off with a hand machine.
Meanwhile, this Singer 99K was sitting at home waiting for me to clean it up. My husband brought it home from work, where it had been given to him. It was one of those machines that had belonged to an aunt and hadn't been used for years.
The serial number dates the machine to 1918.
During the First World War Singer machines made in Scotland had "Made in Great Britain" stamped on them - in this case, on the underneath.
First I had to repair the thread guide on the face plate, then I had to free up the action. Despite these setbacks, cleaning up the machine was fairly straightforward. Unfortunately the plywood on the bottom of the base had split, so my husband replaced it. It looked as though at some point it had been standing in water, and the cover was missing, probably wrecked at the same time. However, there was no trace of rust or water damage to the actual machine, and it is now cleaned up and ready for use.
Now I am looking forward to hearing how the little girl takes to using this lovely old machine.