Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Singer 301 Sewing Machine Review and Demonstration

Today I get to show you the Singer 301 vintage sewing machine.  This isn't in my vast collection of sewing machines.  My sister-in-law brought it over for Paul to service.  Since the 301 machine is pretty scarce in my area I grabbed the chance to show it off to all of you.  The Singer 301 is a portable machine, weighing in at about fourteen pounds.  It's often referred to as the Featherweight's big sister since it's only slightly bigger. The 301 is a great alternative to the Featherweight since it can usually be found for much more reasonable prices. The badge with the model number will include an A, 301A.  The A stands for Anderson, South Carolina where the machine was made.

vintage 301 Singer sewing machine

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My sister in law got the machine from her husband, a construction contractor.  They were doing a remodel and he found it in the trash pile.  Cabinet, cradle, everything ready for the trash.  The cradles can be difficult to find so it's something your want to watch for when shopping for a Singer 301. He thought it looked better than any sewing machine in the stores they had looked at so he brought it home.  When she came down for a visit she brought it with her so her big brother could clean it up.  What she didn't know was her sister in law was going to use it to make a YouTube video.  She was OK with it since it means if she forgets how to thread it, she's got a video she can use.

Video Demonstration

Shopping Tips

If you are looking at getting a 301 there are a few things to remember.  The cradle that I mentioned before, it lets you easily pop it in and out of the table, can be difficult to find.  It doesn't change the functionality of the machine at all.  The Singer 301 takes the same bobbin and bobbin case as a Featherweight, Singer 221.  A good reproduction bobbin case is difficult to find and pricey.  If you find one without a bobbin case be prepared to spend around $50 to get a new one.  Use that as a bargaining chip.

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