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Thread: Just bought a Singer 301a on ebay!

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    I am so excited-I just won an auction for a Singer 301a on Ebay. I have been looking at featherweights and 301's for awhile and have never seen any that were in great shape or at a decent price. I got this one for $137-don't know if that is a great deal or not but I am happy with it. From what I have read there are not a lot of differences between the two machines-please let me know if this is not correct. I am just excited-this is my first purchase of a vintage machine and I cannot wait for it to get here :mrgreen:

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    Congrats!! As for price? If you're happy with it, then it was an excellent price! :)

    Got a picture?

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    congratulations, love to see a photo of your machine you purchased

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    Here are some of the pics that are posted on ebay
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    I love my 301. In fact, I got rid of my FW in favor of the 301. Enjoy it!

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    Ouch NUMA - you 'got rid' of your FW - owwwwwww.

    I work on a 301 a lot and love it's smooth running sound and great stitches. My 301 is in a table not a case like yours.

    I have a FW in a case ready to go quilting outside the house. FW is much lighter for travel.

    ENJOY they're wonderful! Heck any machine that runs well is wonderful!

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    You'll love the 301. The feed dogs drop and it's great for free motion quilting. You can get a generic slant needle hoppy foot at Hancocks - wait for a sale...

    These old machines LOVE cotton thread too - and you have the least tension problems when you use cotton - I buy on huge cones and use a stand...

    You'll love it - so don't try to second guess yourself...

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    Quote Originally Posted by crawford1219
    I am so excited-I just won an auction for a Singer 301a on Ebay. I have been looking at featherweights and 301's for awhile and have never seen any that were in great shape or at a decent price. I got this one for $137-don't know if that is a great deal or not but I am happy with it. From what I have read there are not a lot of differences between the two machines-please let me know if this is not correct. I am just excited-this is my first purchase of a vintage machine and I cannot wait for it to get here :mrgreen:
    I had a 301 I sold but boy did it ever sew, good stitch, a real trouper...you'll love it

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    That looks like a great deal, judging by the cosmetic quality of the machine, the case, and the original foot pedal.

    The 301 is much heavier than the featherweight, so not as convenient for taking to class. Both are fine for piecing, but the 301 is better than the featherweight for quilting (heavier-duty motor, I think).

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    Hey, it looks beautiful, and going by local prices you got a great deal. I hope you enjoy it bunches!

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