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Thread: My FIRST vintage machine.....Help PLEASE I need Info !!!!

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    Jim
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    I am so excited...I acquired a Singer 201-2 for free this morning. I have been searching for hours for information about it. It's in good condition..even the cabinet is in good condition...some minor wear on both but its to be expected on a machine that old. Do you know anything about it?.....please share with me. The serial number on the plate is AL 340701
    I understand it was a 1953 manufacture its listed as a 201-2 and has a reversible feed. I'll get a picture tomorrow AM...have family business out of town today...and all I want to do is find out more about "Sister Carol"....It was a machine used at a convent (Nazareth, Sisters of Charity in Bardstown KY)...and given to me by Carol...thus Sister Carol....Please share any info about this machine...thanks Jim

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    Well, I'm not sure what information you already have. It uses a class 66 bobbin that drops in from the top. It has a "potted" motor-gear drive. Low shank feet. Straight stitch only. Wonderful stitching. Can use buttonholers designed for low shank. Gosh, I'm sure there is much more, but just can't think right now.

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    I have a 201 and use it all the time for piecing. I love it. Good luck with yours. BTW, I downloaded manuel for free off internet. Just google and you should find it.

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    Great machine the feed dog drop for FMQ.

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    It is a great machine.

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    I love mine! There's lots of info over at the Vintage Macine Shop:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/virtual...jsp?vsnum=1013

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    Congratulations! That's one of the better vintage machines! Basically it's a workhorse that can last forever.

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    I have the 201-3 which is the Canadian version with a belt driven motor instead of the potted one. Make sure that your cords are not broken, cracked or really rubbery. I had to have my wires replaced as I was afraid ancient wiring could give the stitcher a shock. My machine is fast and powerful. I got it to sew in zippers in heavy denim and duck coveralls and now love it for FM quilting and just plain stitching. It powers through everything and does not balk or growl or veer off the stitching line at seam junctions like my Janome 6500. To drop the feed dogs, you need to tip the head back, loosen a huge screw, slide the bolt over and tighten the same big screw. Simple and quick. The bobbin holds twice as much thread as my Janome and I love the longer stitch length. You'll like this machine.

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    You have been given a wonderful machine. I LOVE my 201-2! It's sturdy, reliable, and will sew through just about any fabric without complaint.

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    So far everybody is right. It's a good machine. Here is a link and a free manual to print out.

    http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/11/...ne-review.aspx

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