I say “new” featherweight because it was acquired in this last week. My husband, son and baby daughter travelled over 1000 km to pick her up on a “holiday” road trip to Melbourne. Cosmetically she is in pretty good shape with a few small “love bites” from her years with her original owner (you may notice one on the light). Most of the time, she was left to sit in her box and the original owner preferred a treadle. I had her serviced almost immediately and she functions perfectly.
Look at that gloss! Sewing with her is like caressing a baby grand, there is definitely an air of luxury.
This is a special machine, she is being gifted to me by my husband as I have a milestone birthday this year- I don’t ever intend to sell her and I hope like the jewel that she is she will be a joy for one of my kids whom I plan to teach to sew early on. One day I hope to gift it to them.
I started sewing Simplicity 1220 on my Singer 99 (‘Snow White’). I used a tucking foot for the bodice tucks. As this machine was manufactured in 1957 I am christening her “Peyton” as ’57 was the year the movie of the tres scandalous book Peyton Place came out.
Sigh. This is bliss. What are you sewing? Do you have a featherweight?
The bobbin case and feed dogs were removed for a good clean it seems there was dirt and dust in every possible crevice and cranny! Accumulated since 1953!
I also cleaned and reassembled the upper tension control… That definitely made a difference to the tension swatches
Yet to polish the chrome but images on the right show you how dirty the machine was! When it was first run it seemed sluggish…. When I looked inside the face plate I had an idea why!
Yuck!!!! I was just glad not to find any spiders as the machine had been languishing in someone’s garage for decades!
Made in 1953 I have named this machine Princess, after Audrey Hepburn’s character in Roman Holiday which came out in the same year.
The 201k was by all accounts one of Singer’s most prestigious and high performance model in the 50s…. so glad to have one. Even if it means elbow grease and TLC! 🙂
I have named my 1937 Singer 99 “Snow White” (1) because I like the irony, being that it’s a pitch black machine and (2) because that was the year Walt Disney’s classic came out. Here is an image of her stitches understitching a bias collar with catch stitches made by hand beneath it…. Almost finished the dress!
A few pages on attachments for Bebarfald Bluebird fans… Sewing Efficiency is actually useful for anyone interested in sewing machine attachments, the application is essentially the same… Let me warn you some of the seam binding techniques are not that easy (on my Singer at least). Anybody use a Bluebird? Do you love it? What’s your favourite accessory?
Love love the image above.. I want to do that!
Love love ruffles… Best attachment ever! This is my Greist ruffler attachment for low shank machines… Works great on the Elna Su but probably not the best fit for my Singer 99…
These are my feet for the Singer 99 at present. The adjustable hemmer seen on the bottom left is my favourite gadget at the moment.
It’s super easy to use when you get the hang of it…
I will move into singer featherweight Territory soon… I have just found one…. My birthday is later in the year but it will make a great pressies from hubbie.
Loving sewing with my Singer 99, seen here with my washi tape seam marker…
Improvisation! Fortunately I found some Singer knee lever machine instructions at a market but there are plenty available for free on the internet. I also have instructions for the Bebarfald Bluebird sewing machine. I have featured a few pages here for other vintage sewing machine enthusiasts as I know how painful it is to have no instructions , but will probably sell the original on ebay. Hope these images of some of the key pages help some folks out there. Happy sewing!
…with my “new” 30s Singer 99 (courtesy of Santa)… Floored by the gorgeous stitches on this machine!
A gingham hooverette is coming along slowly but surely in “occupy the kids” world… The machine is do pretty sitting on our kitchen table. Have been playing with the various attachments, such as the bias binder….
(Soooooo pretty and clean…)
…and the adjustable hemmer… Which I’d actually pretty easy to use…
Also making this little number for my princess in a size 2…(simplicity 2200, late 40s)