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Rodney

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But then, I had to.  There was no way I was going to walk away from it.  Trouble is, the garage is full (as in floor to ceiling, front to back full) and there's no room in the LR.  I couldn't put the last one in it (Free Peacock in a parlor cabinet). So I'm selling this one. I debated posting here because I am selling it.  It didn't feel right somehow.  My excitement got the better of me.

So what did I get that was so special I had to buy it even knowing I can't keep it?
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The cabinet has sun fade on the back and some pretty typical scratches and scrapes (I think I added a couple trying to load it) but overall everything seems well cared for.  The owner's manual is only the cover but I'm not complaining. It does have the Simanco bobbin case and one bobbin.  I expect it'll sew with just a light cleaning and some oil.  I bought the setup from a local auction house that obviously didn't know what they had for a ridiculously low price. The bobbin case is worth more and I was surprised it was still there. The machine was in a public area so I took the bobbin case and bobbin home with me when I payed for the machine on Thursday. I brought the rest home last night but it was getting dark so no pics until now.



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Ahhhh sweet!  I love a 301 in a trappy cabinet!  Lucky you to get all those goodies and even the matching stool too!


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I love the cabinet.  It's a great design, plenty of leg room.
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I is sore jealous. That's a very nice find!
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The "Trappy" cabinets are fun! The angle of the trapezoid matches the angle of the slant needle. Isn't that cool? I remember the Mid Century Modern furniture when it was just Modern and I wanted it instead of the old stuff that my family owned. 

I have one with walnut finish and one with mahogany finish. My first one was a gift from Ray Sew Slow and was found near Troy, NY. The second, I found in a local thrift shop with machine, stool and attachments. A beige 301 lives in one and a 201K lives in the other. 

Enjoy your find.

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301's are my favorite (so far)!  Congratulations!
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Rodney

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Jim, I am selling it.  Maybe something can be worked out? Discounts for members here.

Thanks Phyllis and Mavis. I'll play with it just long enough to get it clean and sewing.  While part of me would love to keep it, the other part knows that I don't have the room to display and use it properly.

Older machines speak to me more clearly than the more "modern" machines like this one anyway and I would give priority to one of them if space becomes available. 
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It sews.  It didn't take much fiddling and it produces a nice stitch. 
I don't think this machine saw much, if any, oil underneath.  It's extremely clean with no dried oil residue underneath, the gears are bone dry too.  I've oiled it and will grease the gears tomorrow. I have grease in my shop.  Just didn't want to do an Easter Egg hunt tonight to find it.
The machine seems a little stiff yet and doesn't want to start/is sluggish with light pressure on the controller.  Not sure if it's the machine or controller yet. There also seems to be too much slop or backlash in the machine.  Not as smooth as other Singers I've worked on.  I'm letting it sit overnight now to give the oil a chance to soak in more, I'm hoping it will help. 
Overall not bad for the first day of tinkering though.
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It sews.  It didn't take much fiddling and it produces a nice stitch. 
I don't think this machine saw much, if any, oil underneath.  It's extremely clean with no dried oil residue underneath, the gears are bone dry too.  I've oiled it and will grease the gears tomorrow. I have grease in my shop.  Just didn't want to do an Easter Egg hunt tonight to find it.
The machine seems a little stiff yet and doesn't want to start/is sluggish with light pressure on the controller.  Not sure if it's the machine or controller yet. There also seems to be too much slop or backlash in the machine.  Not as smooth as other Singers I've worked on.  I'm letting it sit overnight now to give the oil a chance to soak in more, I'm hoping it will help. 
Overall not bad for the first day of tinkering though.


Rodney, I've toyed with buying a 301 recently, but I really have no place to put it either! lol!  I guess it would depend on a lot of things!

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Singer 301s are a much loved sewing machine. It has a fairly small footprint and fit almost anywhere. Gotta find a better excuse for not have one or five. [smile] You don't need to ask how I know this. 
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I do like it better than a featherweight.  The featherweights are cute but too small IMO. I'd rather have the slightly heavier machine with more working space. The machine is starting to grow on me.  I played with it a bit and it seems slightly better, still doesn't want to start at slow speeds but will go slow once it starts moving. It seems to have quieted down some too. I think the oil and grease are helping. I looked in the controller. I don't think I accomplished much there. 
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Rodney we need to talk. I know, I know, I keep saying I'm gonna visit, things just keep getting in my way so I don't make it that far south. I'm really trying to figure it out though because I have a quick project for you that I really can't do myself.

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Cari I've been working part time Mondays and Fridays so those aren't good for planning anything.  Any other time is good.  I'll PM you my phone number. Better to call. I might be able to run up to your place too.
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I do like it better than a featherweight.  The featherweights are cute but too small IMO. I'd rather have the slightly heavier machine with more working space. The machine is starting to grow on me.  I played with it a bit and it seems slightly better, still doesn't want to start at slow speeds but will go slow once it starts moving. It seems to have quieted down some too. I think the oil and grease are helping. I looked in the controller. I don't think I accomplished much there. 
 

I agree with you - I think my 301 outperforms my featherweights.  I have a fondness for my featherweights for sentimental reasons but the 301 just has it beat.  It sews just as well plus that cradle is so cool - one can pop it in and out of a cabinet so easy - this is why it will always be a keeper for me since I really don't like using a machine not in a cabinet due to vibrations, fabric drag, etc.

You have a nice complete and original setup - very mid-century - and very handsome!
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I would check out the grease in the grease tubes and clean the motor. I did a "tute" with pictures of me cleaning my 301 and 401's motors if you would like to see it. Not hard to do and well worth the effort.

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Thank you Sammie.  I think I would like to see the tute.
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Me too. I have a 404 that sews well, but seems to toil a wee bit hard.
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Thank you Sammie.  Good write-up.
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Great find Rodney, I wouldn't have been able to pass on it.
Thanks for the post Sammie.

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Sorry for the double post of the Tute on cleaning the motors. I'm new to this forum and thought it was just going to the two who expressed interest in it but I'm glad to share with all. I take pictures of any machine I work on and what I do to it to make it sew worthy for someone. I do this mainly to refresh my almost 80 year old memory on what I've done on a machine but I find that they may help others in doing the same adjustment or repair. I was and still am a teacher at heart.

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PS I find my 301 to be far speedier than my 401, 503 and up. Would that be because it is not a zz? It is quieter than the others also. It was a freebie because it was so dirty and so unlovable looking in its ragged cabinet that the thrift shop did not want to bring it inside. You should see her now...
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It was a freebie because it was so dirty and so unlovable looking in its ragged cabinet that the thrift shop did not want to bring it inside. You should see her now...


Those are my favorites. I had a free machine that was so filthy it took several cleanings but it looks brand new now. I do have to say though, the ones from the heavy smoker's homes are not pleasant to get shiny again. Those take several pairs of gloves.

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In our collection, we have 2 301s - my wife's mocha long bed in a portable case and my two tone beige/cream in a cradle and style 74 Spinet cabinet. Currently, I just cleaned up a filthy Singer 404 that was a trade for a Kenmore 16. 

Sammie, I have the 301, 404 and 604e and have compared them. They are all good machines, but I agree the 400 series and 501a/503a are noisy machines, but it's not just motor noise that's the culprit. These machines have a floating metal bobbin case and a free sitting bobbin both of which rattle around when the machine is running. There is no way to silence them the way they are. A Singer 66 is a bit quieter, maybe because the hook is dampened a bit with the lubricating felt, but there is no damping of anything in the 400/500 machines. It does not seem to matter that some are zigzag machines since even the 404 straight stitch machine is noisy that way. I took out the bobbin case and bobbin and ran it, and the machine still has noise from gear lash and motor, but not as much as when the bobbin case and bobbin are in it. 

The 301 is indeed a nice machine and I definitely prefer it to the Singer 221 Featherweight. As nice as it is (classic, stylish, popular, etc.), I prefer almost any machine to a Featherweight for actual sewing. Our Featherweights barely ever see the outside of the closet and case. 

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