Singer Model 99 Portable Sewing Machine
This little Singer Model 99- is a 3/4-size sewing machine. We purchased it at an antique store in New York during November 2007.
The paint and decals on this machine are in exceptional quality showing little sign of wear. We have a Model 99 which is a handcrank version which is much different from this one. Most notable differences are in the handwheel and decals. Decal detail can be seen on the banner at the top of this page.
Because of their small size and lighter weight, the 99s are great for taking your quilting projects onto the road with you. It will do anything a Featherweight will do and at a fraction of the cost. However, we hasten to point out that our stitches at this time are less than perfect, but think we can improve the stitch quality after the bobbin case is replaced and both thread tensions are properly adjusted. Our stitches show a very slight zzz thing happening. The upper thread tension system appears somewhat primitive when compared to other machines but this tensioning method has been around longer than this writer.
Our Model 99- makes a lockstitch sewing forward and in reverse. it only does a straight stitch (no zig-zag).
We have sewed a little on this one and soon learned that it is nice to be able to feed fabric into the machine using both hands which you can't easily do with our Model 99 hand crank. (See link at left.)