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Thread: 301 Singer

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    Junior Member mycatsmom's Avatar
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    301 Singer

    I am thinking of buying a 301 but I have never used a slant needle sewing machine. Is there any difference in sewing? I have a featherweight and a 90-15. If you have experience with this machine please let me know. I know that they are supposed to be great machines, I just want to know what to expect.

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    Super Member Candace's Avatar
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    There are a ton of threads on the 301. If you do a search using the advanced search feature above you'll find a lot of threads to read through. I own 4 301's so that should tell you something:>

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    I have used a 301; Got it at a garage sale. It was my first experience with a slant needle, and it took a little getting used to. For some reason, I had a little trouble judging where the needle would hit when the needle hole was covered with fabric. This isn't a huge problem, though. I taught my stepdaughter how to sew on this machine, including button holes, and ruffles. I ended up giving her the machine because I had extras and she had none.

    It's a great machine, reliable and sturdy. Actually, I sort of miss my 301 now that it's gone.
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    I do prefer my Singer 15 over my 301's everytime. However, I do like my 301's very much!

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    I own 3 I love them.
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    I found that the slant needle on the 301 gives me much greater needle visibility. I have a FW, and it seems that the tension assembly is right in my line of vision for the needle unless I put a phone book under the machine. I am a tall person, and maybe that is the problem, but the 301 is perfect for me. The seam width guide built into the needle plate is a nice feature too.

    Dayle

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    I LOVE LOVE LOVE my 301! I did not have any "getting used" to the slant needle.
    I like my 301 better than my newer computerized Viking and my featherweight, personally.
    Just my 2 cents worth...

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    They are great machines, I have never had any problems sewing on them at all.
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    I have many slants including an almost brand new 301. My sentimental favorite of all my machines is my 401 and I like sewing with it.

    But my favorite quilting machine is my 15-91, followed closely by three vintage Kenmores - all vertical needle machines. I do anything heavy on these machines because the slant-needle machines are more prone to needle deflection/breakage than the machines on which the piercing is happening straight up and down.

    I do some piecing on my 301, but not usually free-motion quilting because of the deflection issue.

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    I just came home from a retreat half way across the country. I took my 301. I love it for piecing. I also have a FW and several modern machines. I have no problem switching between them.

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