This Singer 99K is the machine that I have been using for all my basic straight stitch sewing for the last month. It is an earlier version of the 99K, and there are a few differences between it and the 1927 99K that I am especially fond of.
The serial number pinpoints the date of manufacture to the first half of 1916.
German machines had been very popular before the First World War, but imports had stopped. Singer made sure that nobody made any mistake as to where their machines were manufactured. By 1918 it seems they thought that people had got the message, but still stamped the machines on the underneath.
The tension discs are much smaller than on the later 99Ks.
These decals are on the back of the pillar, rather than on the inside.
The face plate has a different floral design to that on the 1927 machine.
Much as I enjoy playing spot the difference, the stitch produced by this machine is every bit as good as the stitch from my other 99K. I am looking forward to giving this machine plenty of use during its centenary year.
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