Dating your singer featherweight
Instead of a circular shuttle movement and a horizontally angled needle, the Singer machine used a straight needle that worked vertically.This made it comparatively easy to use and inexpensive to produce, and "Singer" rapidly became a household name in sewing.Several parts are missing, it's not in great shape, and it's basically non-functionalbut it still is a wonderful piece of family memorabilia, and I love having it in my home.My flat screen TV usually lives on top of the Singer cabinet, so I look at it every day.
These beautiful pieces of sewing history are popular with antiques collectors and sewing enthusiasts alike.
The Singer 99k sewing machine is small in size measuring only 12-1/2" wide, this image shows an early version the 99K (99K21 - 26) made between 1924 to 1954. The stitch length was adjusted via a screw and the machine did not stitch backwards.
Later versions 99K31 had a stitch length up-down lever with reverse stitch and numbered tension dial - Year 1955 The Singer 15K is always recognised by its tension unit being on the left face of the machine.
Luckily, a quick search online yielded several resources that helped me narrow down my Singer's model number.
The best and easiest to navigate is Sandman Collectibles' online Singer identification guide.