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That might be a smaller than full sized machine, but it will be a heavy little bugger. The motor should be attached to the back of the pillar and drive the machine with a friction wheel. To bad they didn't put in any more pics.
I kind of like it. It's kind of ugly, sorta like an English Bull Dog.
Frugal is one thing, but winding over other thread is a wasted effort. More trouble than it's worth.
I got out the 'new' 301 last night. It was very stiff to turn by hand, so I oiled it first. I cleaned some nasty black lube off the gears - it wasn't very hardened - and use my Singer lube. At fist, it sewed well at slow speeds, but screamed in the gear area at high speeds. After a while sewing that improved. With a little tension adjustment in the bobbin case, the stitch is as perfect as AnnieRose's. I was surprised a to find little rust inside and on the bottom of the presser foot, but it's not bad. Bad is the case. THe seller packed the machine well inside the case, but only put the case in a single well fitting box. One corner of the shipping box was slightly crushed and three corners of the case are broken though the fiberboard. What is, is and I was after a machine, not a case, so I'm not crying in my tea.
So AnnieRose has an older sister (and a backup plug so I won't ever be without a working 301). ErinRose is a longbed which won't fit in the table and mocha when I wanted something different, but if she sews as well as she seems to, I won't complain. I will make a table runner with her as I like to use a machine after oiling. My OSMG told me years ago to never oil and machine and put it away. Candace, I made sure my purchase had the single plug. Thank you for the heads up that there are two styles.
notsureif, that's a very sweet story. I'm impressed you can carry a 128 around. I pulled a pectoral muscle moving mine to decorate at Christmas. It's for sale, but it has to be local as I can't lift it to pack it for shipping.
I have a family member in ICU. I'm trying to figure how to take a sewing machine to use while I sit there. I know it's a no-go, so I may have to do some hand piecing or knitting.
I do know what y'all mean by thread build up to rust because from one class 15 bobbin, I unwound 5 different colors of thread from that bobbin.
I do plan on ordering more bobbins from sew_classic when I return from vacation but for right now, I am working with what I have.
Once again, thanks for everybody's input on this issue. Chris
I meant to behave......but there were too many other options
nancy, I got up morning and took out the tape measure, your right on it's size,, this thing ( 16-188) is huge, I mean a monster ..
I have never named a car or machine other than POS or PITA...
BUT , This thing has to be either Burtus or Bubba,, it well wore as far as paint,, half the bed is raw metal, maybe a 1/3 of the decals still show, my thoughts are to clean and just clear coat the machine, making it easier to keep clean. yet show it's age.
I was worried about the needles, but nope the shop has a drawer full and many sizes, 50 cents each.., I check the bobbin because I read they were NLA, turns out the what I think is known as class 15 ? wide ones with all the holes in them.
you know what I made the deal to buy this aweek before she sent me a photo, so sight unseen. when she sent a pic the day before I when after it, seeing the photo,, I had to change my pants, I couldn't believe it was still in a treadle base..
I got the 66 treadle and the 128 yesterady also, with those it's time to call off this machine collect deal , BUT I know here there two more singer industrails a 16 and a 61 w, now I want those..
I'm a told junkie, my shop is all vintage to antique tools as in south bend lathe 1933, logan mill 1941, craftmans wood works tool from the 40's to mid 50's so on... all stuff before we became a throw away world..
this 16 - 188 is 90 year old..the only wear I see is where the upper foot hand lever has been viberating on it stop, there is not one puch mark from a needle hitting..
This 128 looks like a toy
I don't know about sew-classics, but I had to take pliers to the ones I bought from April1930s. The rolled edge on the repros was a little too much for my first 301 so I had to squeeze it in slightly all the way around. I'm glad the second came with a lot of original bobbins, because I do like use my lonely original for FMQ. The fixed ones work perfectly, but I don't want to take the chance on thread breaking or anything.