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Thread: Singer 301 long bed

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    Junior Member mycatsmom's Avatar
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    I am looking at a Singer 301 Long bed online. How much working room do they have from the needle to the right side. Does that make sense?

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    It makes sense. What you are asking for is the harp size.

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    It is not a long bed in the sense we normally define long bed. The same space is from needle to the right on a short bed as there is on a Singer 301 long bed. The long bed refers to the little flip up attached left of the needle. Short bed was normally in a cabinet and long bed often in a case. Quilting wise there is not much to be gained and the machines are basically identical with the acception of the little flip up attachment being a little longer in the long bed. Hope I make sense.

    Opening on both machines to the right, harp space, is the same 7 1/4 inch x 5 1/2 inches. Not bad.

    I have not been able to find the right set up to do quilting on the slant shank Singer 301 but I find it wonderful for piecing, especially paper piecing. I did get the Singer 15-91 set up for quilting. It is suposed to be the best vintage machine for that job.

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    Here is one of my short beds, Singer 301, in cabinet before she was fixed up.
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    My 301 FMQs wonderfully. I bought a foot from april1930sshop.com and AnnieRose is good to go.

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    Thank you for the tip. I know finding the right foot is tricky since it is slant shank.

    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    My 301 FMQs wonderfully. I bought a foot from april1930sshop.com and AnnieRose is good to go.

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    I have "Black Beauty" a 301 short bed and "Indiana" Two tone 301A and I absolutely LOVE THEM...and they hum when I sew...

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    Thank you so much for the answers. I have 2 feather weights and an another old Singer in a a cabinet so I guess I will pass this one up. They are real beauties though.

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