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Thread: What can y'all tell me about a 306K Singer?

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    Is it worth $100 ? How is it to sew on? What are its strengths? TIA

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    My understanding is it's a great machine. Saw one for sale on the net for $235.00 I think the most important part of purchasing is all the attachments, bobbin case and cams are included. Let us know what you decide:)

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    I have one and it's a great machine! I agree about the cams and attachments too. I did have the attachments or the cams but found them on Ebay!

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    I have a 306W ... same machine but tan.. LOVE IT !! but it does take a shorter needle.
    It is a absolute work horse. It had been my Mom's and she sewed EVERTHING on it coats , pinch pleat drapes, all of the families clothing. And I sew with it on average 30 or more hours per week. Just keep it oiled and clean out the lint it, mine will probably last another generation.
    For $100.00 I would buy it in a heart beat.

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    Some collectors like them and having standard, low shanks and vertical needles, they are strong sewing machines. But for me, I wouldn't buy a 306 - I would not even want anyone to give me one.

    They take a 206 needle instead of the standard 15x1 - and if I remember correctly, the 206 needle is only available in two sizes of sharp, 12 & 14.

    I have a treadled 316G which is very similar to the 306, except that it takes standard needles and a lot of the problems from the 306 have been eliminated. It's still loud and clunky and inelegant, especially compared to a 15 or a 201 or a 301. The 306 is even louder and clunkier.

    The 206/306/319 machines didn't sell well in their time and they're not often sought-after by modern collectors or quilters, either. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings - I just want to give you another side of the story.

    There are good reasons for these machines lack of popularity over a 60-year time span. ;)

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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    The 306K and 306W are not treadle machines ( you refer to the 316G).
    Not sure what problem(s) you refer to but in the over 60years of hard use mine has gotten .... the only thing that had to be replaced is light bulbs and one bobbin case. My local sew nd vac repair guy has told me to bring it in for prfessional cleaning is a waste of time and money as long as I keep it clean and keep it oiled.

    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    Some collectors like them and having standard, low shanks and vertical needles, they are strong sewing machines. But for me, I wouldn't buy a 306 - I would not even want anyone to give me one.

    They take a 206 needle instead of the standard 15x1 - and if I remember correctly, the 206 needle is only available in two sizes of sharp, 12 & 14.

    I have a treadled 316G which is very similar to the 306, except that it takes standard needles and a lot of the problems from the 306 have been eliminated. It's still loud and clunky and inelegant, especially compared to a 15 or a 201 or a 301. The 306 is even louder and clunkier.

    The 206/306/319 machines didn't sell well in their time and they're not often sought-after by modern collectors or quilters, either. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings - I just want to give you another side of the story.

    There are good reasons for these machines lack of popularity over a 60-year time span. ;)

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