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My 201 is my favorite straight stitch machine. Purrs like a kitten and sews a fine seam.
The stitch quality is the best I've ever seen, I love my 201-3. I used her yesterday and today. Let us know if you get one?
Bernina 640, Singer 201-3, Singer Centennial 15-91, Tin Lizzie 26" long arm
I love my 1936 Singer 201K, originally a hand crank from the Kilbowie, Scotland factory. I prefer to treadle it, lovely machine to sew with and very quiet. I think it was one of the finest machines that Singer made.
Hello Frudemoo, 201Ks are really nice to sew with. I got a treadle a fortnight ago (pics on my blog, link below) so I haven't had the chance to use it much yet. It has a very smooth movement, and does reverse.
The one you show listed looks as though the spool pin is missing - or is it just a bad photo?
Are the other treadles listed overpriced by any chance?
Last edited by Muv; 03-16-2013 at 03:29 PM.
I really can't decide on my next purchase!
I'm interested in the 201K
Also, there is a magnificent old Singer treadle with the sphynx decals available but it's $250 vs. another treadle which I find really intriguing that's badged as a "Improved Nirvana" with NIRVANA on the table irons (machine looks like an Improved Eldredge B machine), decals also in very good condition - $275. Neither of these are particularly close by to go and look at
The third is a free arm motorised machine, another Phoenix by Baer & Rempel. It's the amazing looking one with the curved wooden flat bed/tray thing (forget the name of this thing all the time!!). This one is a random diversion from 'Operation: Treadle'.
Which would you choose? And what am I to do about these prices??
Muv, I followed your fabulous clean & polish instructions for getting my Phoenix 250 moving again and it was the most fun I've had in ages, but the cabinet is warped and has peeling veneer and the machine is of limited use to me as it's a straight sewer with no instructions that I have no idea about the quality of the stitching and whether it's worth putting bucketloads more work into it. I desperately want to get treadling with a machine that's both beautiful and practical, but I'm paralysed by the idea of investing so heavily in something that may not be a good sewer. I'd love some advice if anyone has any?