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Thread: Singer301a?

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    Singer301a?

    On local craigs list for $135.00. Worth it?

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    Depends...what's worth it to me might be different for you. Prices are always subjective and with no info. about it or photo, who's to know.

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    It seems pricey to me, but if it is in excellent condition, and you have always wanted one, it might be worth going to see and trying out.

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    Seems high to me as well. There have been a few in my area on CL for between $50-$100 just in the last couple of weeks. If I had more room......

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    I might pay that for one in excellent shape AND clean with all the toys to go with it, especially if it was serviced recently. Here, they typically go for around $100, more if there are toys. (buttonholer, zig zag attachment, all the accessories it should have come with, possibly a nice cabinet or a nice carry case, etc. Pin cushions and old thread don't count. )

    If it's attic fresh and you have to do a bunch of cleanup and servicing, not so much. A good cleaning and servicing for me (removing all screwed on bits, and cleaning, and reassembling and adjusting) takes a couple of hours. Your time is worth something.
    Tammi - I've found that many baby steps tend to get you further than a huge leap in followed by a huge leap out - http://www.archaicarcane.com
    Singer 411G, 301A, 2x 221 (featherweight), 222k - the holy grail, 99-, 15-90 Centennial, 27, VS2, 28 hc, 128 knee bar, 201-2, 31-15, Pfaff 130-6. Non-Vintage - Pfaff 6122, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81595 serger, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81155, 2013 APQS Lucey

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    They are increasing in price and there's no shipping involved like ebay, so I'd certainly look at it. If it sews as well as mine, you won't be unhappy.

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    I sell them for about that after I have cleaned, oiled and adjusted. Some times more if it is really nice. How much does your $50 machine cost plus servicing?
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    From the sales I've watched, the 301 longbed in the straw case goes for quite a bit more than the machine only 301 shortbed. The black ones seem to go for a bit more, also. Worth is sort of a personal decision. After watching the Singer 15-91 sell for over $900 I don't think I'll put a value on anything unless I'm buying or selling it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I sell them for about that after I have cleaned, oiled and adjusted. Some times more if it is really nice. How much does your $50 machine cost plus servicing?
    About $135 And that's typically not clean, just serviced if done at a shop.

    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    From the sales I've watched, the 301 longbed in the straw case goes for quite a bit more than the machine only 301 shortbed. The black ones seem to go for a bit more, also. Worth is sort of a personal decision. After watching the Singer 15-91 sell for over $900 I don't think I'll put a value on anything unless I'm buying or selling it.

    Jon
    Was there a cabinet that ever fit the long bed? I find it funny that the long bed is so popular, I like the short bed because I find it more versatile. Fits in several cabinets and my customized desk, so I can sew with a flat surface, and it's still portable. I would prefer black, but I don't mind the LBOW color scheme. I can't seem to bond with the mocha though.

    I sometimes wonder about auctions like that 15-91. I wonder if the seller got their money in the end, or if they or someone they know were bidding to jack the price up.
    Tammi - I've found that many baby steps tend to get you further than a huge leap in followed by a huge leap out - http://www.archaicarcane.com
    Singer 411G, 301A, 2x 221 (featherweight), 222k - the holy grail, 99-, 15-90 Centennial, 27, VS2, 28 hc, 128 knee bar, 201-2, 31-15, Pfaff 130-6. Non-Vintage - Pfaff 6122, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81595 serger, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81155, 2013 APQS Lucey

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    The Mocha 301s seem to be a little better made though. Don't ask me how...
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