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Hello Singer 99 owner:
Your machine is most likely a Singer 99-13, a great little sewing machine, made to 1/2 scale of Singer 66, one of Singer's best, made by the millions. The 99's quiet, "Tick-Tick-Tick-Tick" seldom misses a stitch, even on many layers of denim; a real work Pony. Never mind that it cannot run backwards, I can't, and it never kept me from doing anything I put my mind to.
Back to your Question, regarding how to remove a 66-Class bobbin case:
To really clean and oil them, the open-top bobbin case of Singer 99, should be removed by swinging a retaining dog out of the way with a flat-blade screw driver (or any object, sometimes even with your finger. The "dog" is a little latch that swings in from the side so part of it blocks the bobbin case from lifting while sewing.
General Rule: To remove a part, look around to see what may be hampering removal, then remove the blocking part to get to the part you want to remove. If you are not experienced in identifying the part hampering removal, then you must experiment by:
Jiggling the part you want removed, then observing every part that makes contact with that part .. this is a clue to what to check next. Proceed in this manner until the puzzle is resolved (use your God-given ability to analyze the situation), if you can't see the solution after a long time, just ask someone else to help you figure it
out (two heads are better than one, unless one interferes with arriving at a solution, then solve it your self. Hope this helps.
--Amender. 2018-11-17th.
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Singer Sewing... | Answered Yesterday


Loosen the top tension and lengthen the stitch length all the way Then sew two lines of stitches about 1/8" to 1/4" apart.
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Singer Sewing... | Answered Yesterday


According to http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_machine_company/serial-numbers/singer-d-series-serial-numbers.html , the D405527 is a model 27 that got its serial number in 1908. (The batch of serial numbers was assigned on July 21; the next batch of serial numbers for the model 27 were assigned on October 7, 1908.) Since it could take a year or two to build and test the sewing machines, your machine probably came out of the factory in 1909 or 1910.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Singer Sewing... | Answered on Nov 14, 2018


Keeping hand pressure on the whole tension setup(so everything does go flying off all over the place, Unscrew the knob, take it off, and everything after it until you have the discs off, NOTE: place them in front of you in the order they came off and the way they came off. Clean the discs with rubbing alcohol and check them for damage. After I've cleaned mine, I put a bit of clear machine oil on my finger and rub it on the discs...NOTE: sew on scrap after this until any trace of oil on fabric is gone. Put everything back on and give it a go. Another thing to check is if the tension setup is working at all, lift your pressure foot and pull the thread, does it move easier? If it doesn't, it's another issue. I don't know how to fix the mechanical side, if that is the issue, but it may just be the threading. Unthread your machine completely, take the thread spool off its holder to make sure the thread hasn't wrapped around anything, put it back and re-thread. Hope one of these works for you, good luck!

Singer Sewing... | Answered on Nov 11, 2018


Try a different bobbin, even bobbins in the same batch can be different. Also, the bobbin could be over spinning. Some reasons for that are too much oil in the bobbin case, if you've just oiled it or notice that it is really oily, wipe it out with a soft thin absorbent cloth. A way to check if it over spins is to pull on the bobbin thread, quickly. If it keeps spinning after you stop pulling, it's over oiled or there my not be enough tension on the thread. If the tension is where you need it and it still spins, cut a thin piece of paper in a circle to fit in the bottom of the bobbin case, pop it in and then pop in the bobbin. NOTE, after any adaptation, hand crank it for 10 stitches to make sure everything still runs freely. Cheap thread will cause these issues, over winding the bobbin will do the same, as well as the wrong size needle and spurs on the needle. Even if the needle is brand new, it may still have spurs, not supposed to, but can. Hope something helps, good luck.

Singer Sewing... | Answered on Nov 11, 2018

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