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Tjshannon

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I am new at collecting and I have the chance to purchase a black 301 singer which looks in great condition for $75. It is missing the throat plate which appears to be about $50 to replace. I have been doing reading and it appears to be a good deal but I hoping to get some reassurance that I’m doing the right thing.

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I can't say it's the 'right' thing. Saving an old machine certainly is... the 301 here where I live has a good market value still. It's the machine many quilters buy instead of the pricey Featherweight. Good to travel with, nice to sew with. Make certain the bobbin is there in the machine or it will cost even more to get going. 75 is a decent price even with the plate missing if the bobbin is included and it otherwise moves/sews has cords etc. All pretty and complete and working they can bring 150 easy, or be a great traveling machine. In other markets, they can bring more in resale. It really does depend on what your goal is.  =)
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Make sure it has the correct Simco bobbin case.  Those go on Ebay for $100 because they're the same as a 221.

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Jim you need to catch up, $150 seems to be a bargain price for black 301 anymore, and if it's a first run (low serial#) machine double that.

My opinion, It depends on how bad you want it. IF it has the bobbin case, the cords and the fiddly bits, I MIGHT pay that much for a black one if I wanted one real bad. But I'm cheap. I usually wait for the right-time/right-place kind of deals to find me.

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Jim you need to catch up, $150 seems to be a bargain price for black 301 anymore, and if it's a first run (low serial#) machine double that.


You need to visit Pittsburgh Cari. Last black one I bought cost $45, ten bucks more than the beige one I bought two weeks before. =)

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Just my luck. I make arrangements to get the machine and drive 40 minutes for the guy not to be home. I waited an hour. He emailed said that he had to run the store. I left for vacation and if it’s still there when I get back I’ll try again.
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Tj, how disappointing. Not to mention rude on the part of the seller.
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Tjshannon

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Strange guy. He contacted me again and lowered the price to $50 but said the bobbin case was missing. He states that it works but the thread gets stuck in the botton. He will take it to the dump before taking anything less than $50 for it becuase it has to much sentimental value to give it away. It’s sad if it goes to the dump but I walked away from the deal.
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Strange guy. He contacted me again and lowered the price to $50 but said the bobbin case was missing. He states that it works but the thread gets stuck in the botton. He will take it to the dump before taking anything less than $50 for it because it has to much sentimental value to give it away. It’s sad if it goes to the dump but I walked away from the deal.


The story is sounding fishy.  I wonder if he sold the bobbin case or if someone already came to look at it and walked away because of it being missing.  I can't fathom it having sentimental value equaling, I will take it to the dump rather than putting into the hands of someone who will restore it and use it.

In this case I would throw out my bottom line price and phone number and say call me if you change your mind.

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I agree with Christy, something stinks there. I won't play those games with people like that.

Jim I paid $40 at a thrift store for my almost perfect first run black 301 in the #40 cabinet about 5 years ago and $20 for both my beige ones before that. There are still always gonna be screaming deals to be found if one is patient and diligent in searching, but the new normal is $100 and up for working 301 machines even if they're not cosmetically good. Last week I saw a first run black machine with a higher serial than mine, not as cosmetically pretty as mine, with lots of fiddly bits but no case or cabinet sell for $375 within 2 hours of being posted.

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Well i replied to the guy and told him that it was out of my price range but I suggested that he bring it a goodwill before sending it to the dump. To say it nicely he was not happy with my response.

So I started going to tag sales today. I picked up a 201 singer from 1951 with the centennial badge for $25. I also found a 1927 singer 128 bentwood. In the end I think I’m much happier for the two I got for less. Spending the rest to today cleaning them?
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Now see, there you go. I wish I could find a centennial 201 for 25. Of course my reasons my be more obscure. I'd just like to have one to set next to the centennial 15-91 and 221. You know, collect all three... ha ha. But I can't. 201's rarely sell around here for less than a hundred. Go fig...
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