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    Posted 3 years ago

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    This seems to be missing the plug-in electric wire, but can anyone tell me what the looped wires are for on this machine?

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    1. keramikos, 3 years ago
      Hi, Clemden. :-)

      Per the International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society (ISMACS) serial number tables, serial number "AE666742" was one of a block of 10,000 serial numbers (663491 through 673490) that was allotted to the Elizabethport Singer factory September 1st, 1937, and all were destined to be stamped into the beds of model 99 machines:


      AE- 663491 673490 99 10000 September 1 1937


      Based on what I can tell from your pictures, it probably is indeed a model 99 (it has a forward-facing tension disc assembly and a "D" shaped needle plate), probably a model 99-13.

      About the Singer model 99:

      About the Elizabethport factory:

      A user manual for the model 99:

      The decal set is called "Filigree":

      You didn't say whether you wanted a replacement power cord, but it looks like there are some available:

      Here's a parts list for the model 99-13:

      As to those looped wires: they do look odd, almost perhaps like somebody was tinkering with it, then got bored or frustrated, and didn't restore it to a normal condition.

      That's total speculation on my part, BTW. You'd need somebody who has more familiarity with vintage electric sewing machines, plus closer, straight-on pictures of those wires (given the angle of your current pictures, it's difficult to tell what exactly is going on there).
    2. keramikos, 3 years ago
      Whoops. Here is a link for a vintage sewing machine expert who might be able to give you more guidance on those wires:
    3. Clemden, 3 years ago
      I'm sorry--I thought I had commented last night but I must have screwed up somehow. THANK YOU so much for all of this info!! I will try to get a clearer photo of the wires, and I will be reading...a LOT! :)
    4. keramikos, 3 years ago
      Clemden, You're welcome. :-)

      FYI, I gave you links for two different power cords, because it wasn't quite clear to me which one would be suitable.

      Normally, I would think it would be the double lead one. One lead on the double lead power cord has pretty standard looking hardware that would plug into an electrical outlet, and the other lead would be connected to the foot control.

      However, I see that you do have a foot control, and while it already has at least one cord, I can't see the other end, because it's all wrapped around the machine.

      I hope the people at that link I gave you yesterday will help you, because I am not an expert, and I just don't know. The answers might be blindingly obvious to actual experts. };-)

      Another site that seems to have a lot of very knowledgeable and helpful people is this forum:

      I have more vintage sewing machine links that you might want to explore:
    5. hostacollector, 3 years ago
      Hi the machine takes a knee bar in the small hole to control the speed. The speed controller should be under the right side plate. If you have the top cover there should be a mounting bracket.
    6. Clemden, 3 years ago
      Hmmm. We unscrewed the plate on the right side and it is empty. There is a hole in the case on the right side. I will look more closely and take better pics. THANK YOU SO MUCH for the info. I
      Learning a LOT!
    7. keramikos, 3 years ago
      Hi, hostacollector. :-)

      Yes, I also saw the little hole in the base of the portable case for the knee control. I think that's pretty standard for a Singer 99-13. Normally, when it's not in use, the knee control is stored in the portable case's lid, e.g.:

      But I don't know whether Clemden has a portable cover with the knee control tucked away inside it.

      I suppose it's possible that the reason for the oddly looped wires is that the previous owner was attempting to convert the machine from knee control to foot control.
    8. Clemden, 3 years ago
      Hello, keramikos and hostacollector! Sadly that compartment is empty. I see no bracket or knee bar. I'm guessing you're right, keramikos, in assuming that someone attempted to hotwire the foot pedal directly to the machine. I will likely get the cord because I'm curious to see if this works!! Thanks again for all the great info!!! P.S. I got a few more pictures, but I can't figure out how to post them.
    9. keramikos, 3 years ago
      A link to Clemden's supplemental post with more pictures:

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