Monday was a great day to take off for the local thrift store to drop off a few boxes and bags of goods that needed to find a new home. It always makes me feel better to lighten the load! :) I browsed around the store to check out the wool sweaters and was thrilled to find one with some gorgeous pastel stripes. Then, I happened upon some dress slacks for work... Double Score!! How much more could a girl ask for? So, my next stop was the check out counter. One of the ladies standing in the vicinity suggested that I lay down my items and take a look up front. My eye spied some farm toys in the distance, so I made a beeline to them and noticed that they were not vintage... :( Feeling as though my luck filled hunt was over, I headed back down the isle to the counter. One parting glance to the front ledge of the store stopped me in my tracks ... a Singer 99k with its original carrier sat gleaming in the light of the window. SWEET!
Now I will be candidly honest and admit that I have repeatedly told Mr. Hollow during our travels that collecting sewing machines was not for me due to size and space. (As if that ever stopped me with my other collections! ;) ) We have seen a few heavily used Singer models here and there, and they never really spoke to me. ( Restoration on mechanical items isn't a big desire of mine or more importantly to Mr. Hollow.) But I can honestly say, this nearly mint machine took my breath away. *sigh*
My camera does not do it justice. Although this model isn't as desired as the freestanding featherweight predecessors, the 99k is still an example of fine craftsmanship that has the ability to last through the test of time. Don't you just love the work light mounted on the back? Whoever had owned this 99k obviously cherished it, since its gleaming black paint and ornate design have only a few minor blemishes. Truly an amazing fact... Since after checking out the serial number, I found out this machine was shipped new from Kilbowie, Scotland on September 11, 1954.
These Singers are such a stark contrast to the plastic that has taken over many of the modern day counterparts. Not that there aren't great machines out there... Don't get me wrong... But as with my Kenmores, I do tend to favor the metal bodied machines. Maybe, it is my fear of breaking things! ;)
The Singer 99k tilts on metal posts that fit into round slots at the back of the base. When I got home, I looked under the machine and found some extra Singer needles, a pile of bobbins, the original tube of oil, original manual, and a slew of feet that offer more options than I could ever dream of!
Now seriously... How can you go wrong buying any working sewing machine for $18.00?