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Thread: Singer 201K - What are they like?

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    Senior Member frudemoo's Avatar
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    Singer 201K - What are they like?

    Hi all
    I've just seen a 201K listed for sale and I am interested to know what the features are and whether it's a good one to sew with.
    TIA!
    Amelia

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    Hmmm... having done a search it looks like a 201K could be many different machines! Sorry for the silly question!

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    From what little I know, I believe the K behind the number means the machine was made in Scotland (like the white featherweights . . . I believe)? What I do know is I have a 201 and it's my go to machine unless I need to zig zag. It would be the first machine I save . . . if I had to choose.

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    201's are great machines. One of the largest throats of the type. It's drop in, horizontal bobbin is regarded as the only negative on the machine by many quilters. Some like it, some prefer the vertical type bobbin assembly for better tension during Free Motion quilting. If you can buy it for a decent price, you should.

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    I love my 201 - it just purrs, I prefer it to the 15 class and FW. It is my go to machine. If you can get on for a decent price - go for it. And show us pics!

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    If you get a 201 you will love it. They are such nice stitching sewing machine. I agree with Vanginney, they do purr. I also did an Internet search for 201K. Interesting to find that there are two models. Perhaps the K models were a British or Australian only model. I am sure either model would be an awesome sewing machine.
    Sweet Caroline

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    This is what I'm looking at http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/warrn...ine/1013658168

    Sigh. There are so many "just want it gone" listings in my area of treadle machines. There's a woman I was talking to about another Phoenix like my 250 (was interested in her instruction book) and she has TWO treadles. A Phoenix 81 and a Gladiola.... She said if she can't sell, they're going to the tip! (rubbish dump). It's a depressing world we live in....

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    201's are super machines. A Google search of Singer 201 reviews will show how many devoted owners there are out there. There are not many machines for sale in my area and often they are very overpriced; treadles and vintage. E.g.: On Sunday I went to an estate sale and saw a Singer mocha 301 in a nasty, non-trapezoid cabinet and they wanted $400 for it. They said one guy offered $350 for it. Whew! Way more than I would have offered. You are lucky to have so many reasonably priced machines to choose from. Enjoy!!!!

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    I LOVE my 201 (actually I have 2)...one for white thread and one for black thread. They are my GO TO machines...Best straight stitch and very powerful and fast. Highly recommend.

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    I specifically looked for a 201-3, these were made only in the UK. And they're the only 201 that has the light attached at the back of the machine instead of the front. I bought mine on ebay and had to replace all the wiring but now it's good as new and stitches flawlessly. I was using it just today! I highly recommend a 201.

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