I know what it’s like to buy a vintage sewing machine without the proper knowledge.
The first vintage sewing machine I bought was a SINGER® 99K. It was a beautiful machine but I didn’t really know what I was looking at. I certainly didn’t know if it was a good deal or even if the machine would stitch!
Frankly, I bought it more for its looks than for its ability to sew and it did come with a Bentwood case, table and accessories. I was overcome by its shiny, black body and gold decals – it was, and still is, a beautiful machine!
Although I was happy with my purchase I quickly realized that my lack of knowledge was a big liability, especially since the wiring on my "new" 99K was so rotten that the insulation was falling off!
I had to do a lot of research to find out how to fix the wiring on this SINGER® 99K sewing machine. The quest to find a way to repair the wiring made me realize just how difficult it is to find information on vintage sewing machines. There was no one place to go to find all the information I needed. It was scattered and often focused on the collector – someone who already knew a lot about vintage sewing machines.
I just wanted to know what to buy and how to restore my “new” sewing machine.
If you have ever tried to learn about vintage sewing machines, you may have had a similar experience to mine. You find older machines for sale but won’t know how to determine if they are functional. It is really frustrating to be presented with an opportunity to purchase a machine and not have the knowledge to make a good and timely decision. Frustration only increases when you decide to educate yourself, only to find that information is not readily available.