This is a Singer 99 Handcrank Sewing Machine. I call her “Tabitha”. We chose this model because parts are still easy to come by. It has a smaller head than a normal size sewing machine but do not sell her short. She is metal, a good heavy machine and sews well. Sometimes I think I would love to find a model with all the emblems in place and shinier, LOL. But really, she is working out just fine.
According to Sew Old Sew New, “Hand crank sewing machines were made by manufacturers in many countries with a lot of variety. The hand crank sewing machine was more popular in Europe but there were many in North America and the world as well. Many can still be found today.” I found mine via Craigslist and they are to be found on eBay too.
As far as actually using a hand crank sewing machine Sew Old-Sew New further states, “An advantage to this process (hand cranking versus electric sewing) is you can really look at what you are doing and slow or pick up speed accordingly automatically. That is not as easy with electrics or treadles.”
The hand crank sewing machine was more popular in Europe but there were many in North America and the world as well. Many can still be found today. We located the two in our home on Craigslist. Additionally they may be found on eBay and your local papers. Don’t be intimidated by their age or worry about finding necessary parts. Treadleon is highly recommended as a website for people-powered sewing machines and has a wealth of information.
If you’re like me and want to sew embellishments and stretch the limits of your machine here is a good book to get you going.
Here’s another cool site about Hand Crank sewing machines.
Sobriety from electronic sewing since 2012