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    Question Singer 301A question.

    Hi everyone. I am working on finding a nice classic machine to work with. I found a 301A and after doing research I found that it may be the one for me. I was just wondering, is one color more rare than the other? I have seen them in black or the brown/tan color.

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    The Singer 301 comes in 5 'flavors'. Black with either a long or short fold up bed, Mocha (light brownish) also with
    either a long or short fold up bed, and a two tone in only a short bed. The two tone is officially know as LBOW which means light beige and oyster white. I don't think there is an official tally of how many of each was made. The mocha seems to be the ones seen the most and the black long bed the least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doxiemomma View Post
    Hi everyone. I am working on finding a nice classic machine to work with. I found a 301A and after doing research I found that it may be the one for me. I was just wondering, is one color more rare than the other? I have seen them in black or the brown/tan color.
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Thanks so much Cathy

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    People will spend more money on the EBOW or the black machines but they don't sew any better than the mocha.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    I got mine from a thrift store for $10. It is a mocha short bed. I really kind of wanted a black long bed. This poor machine went through the wringer before coming to live here. Someone put the needle in wrong and the machine wouldn't sew. So they took apart the tensioner and couldn't figure out how to put it back together. They also took apart the bobbin case etc......and also couldn't figure out how to put it back together. The good news was all the parts were still there. So then since the machine was unfixable, they sentenced it to a wet moldy basement before they finally gave it up to the thrift store. The guys in back saved it for me and when I saw it was a 301 I snatchted it up. It was filthy and the homemade cabinet that didn't even fit right ended up being fire wood. However, it didn't take long to get it back running............maybe if they had bothered to look at the manual that was still with it. Anyway, it is my favorite machine, and I have about 32 or 35 right now. So very quiet. Poor thing had a hard life before coming here. All owner error. So in the end, it doesn't matter what it looks like.

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    I have 2 black ones, one two tone and one mocha. You're right, I am partial to the black ones, they remind me of the old fashioned locomotives, but actually my mocha is "smoother" sewing than any of them. I think #301's are my favorites above all my machines. You can find them on eBay all the time at a reasonable price if you are looking for one. So far the ones I have bought are in very good condition. Good luck!

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    I agree. I have about 30 machines and at least one 301 is always set up and ready to sew at a moment's notice. Singer 301s are my favorites by far. I have one mocha short bed in a cabinet and one mocha long bed that's portable. I use the long bed for fmq and line quilting with a walking foot, plus piecing. It is my first choice of machine to take to classes, as well. It's reliable and bulletproof. My long bed's name is JoyBoy, because it is such a joy to sew with and it's a boy.

    If I ever found a pristine black 301 long bed, I'd snatch it in a minute.

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    I have one of each and love them both!

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    I recently purchased a 301 black long bed and am having a wonderful time playing with it. All the previous posts are absolutely right. I sews like a dream. I have finished two quilt tops with it in 3 weeks. I have yet to do any quilting but am looking forward to it.

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    Take a look at the website singer301.com for a lot of manufacturing information and a lot of other valuable information.

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