Welcome to the Quilting Board!
I take my 28K camping with us...that or my FW... I've said before that I'm not big on the great outdoors, so it suits me fine to stay at the camper and sew!
One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.
I got excited over a box of cams at SA today and bought a Montgomery Ward J1561 machine - probably from the late 70s. It doesn't have a bobbin case, but the second one I tried from other machines fits. I plugged in the machine and it won't sew. It has a switch for 'electronic' or 'normal'. Can I take the bottom off and take this machine apart myself or am I in over my head? It's a heavy well made machine - made in Japan by Juki - so far that's all I know.
Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.
You need to remove the throat plate and put it back making sure that the position finger is in the notch of the position plate under the machine. Here is a copy of a 301 manual. Print out pages 12 through 15 - or better yet print out the whole manual! There are graphics that show you how the position finger needs to be, along with graphics of how the bobbin should be inserted and which way it needs to turn when inserted correctly.
Good luck, let us know if you get your 301 up and running as I am sure either Candace or Cathy could help you more than I can!
Oh and by the way, the needle has to be inserted correctly too with the flat side to the left! It then threads right to left!
Wow, a building just for sewing/crafting! I'd be in heaven. I am lucky enough to have nearly the entire upstairs. Now, if I could just get it arranged the way I want it. I keep moving things around, some day I'll get it done.