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    I would love to find one of those shaped cabinets for my 301, but mine is a longbed. Are there trap. cabinets for the longbeds???

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    I thought maybe you could just cut the hole bigger, but I don't think it will fit unless you broaden the hole on the right side, not the left. It's an idea....

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    Quote Originally Posted by so-sew
    I thought maybe you could just cut the hole bigger, but I don't think it will fit unless you broaden the hole on the right side, not the left. It's an idea....
    I believe I saw an old Singer ad, that showed the 301 longbed fitting into the CARD TABLE. Which card table I don't know. I believe I remember the table had metal legs, which narrows it down some. Theres a lady on ebay that sells parts, and has told me that there IS a long bed cradle that was made for the long bed 301s, but that it doesn't fit into a standard sized (say a 201, etc.) opening. I don't have a long bed (yet!) so I cannot measure and find out for sure. If you're really curous, PM me and I'll get you the name/ebay name of the lady that had them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pegstar
    I just bought a 301 & it arrived today....It sews like a dream
    perfectly balanced stitch...but....The bobbin winder won't work
    the machine doesn't look like it was used much...but the
    bobbin doesn't move to wind....I loosened the locking knob
    as you are told to...pressed the winder up as shown in the
    book....but just won't turn...sometimes...it will turn a couple
    of times...but then no more.....does anyone know if maybe
    that little rubber tire on the bobbin winder might need to be
    changed...I've seen where you can buy them on E-Bay.

    Peg
    I had the same problem as you described with my 301A, but after oiling the auger hole some on the shaft of the bobbin holder, it will loosen it up and then it can spin or turn without pausing.., it works perfect now for me and fills the bobbins full, but to adjust the fullness of the bobbin, all you have to do is adjust the little screw on the surface of the machine.

    My 401A needs a new bobbin replacement because the auger/shaft nut is loose.

    Yes, do replace your bobbin tire too, it cost anywhere from $3.00 - $5.00 depending where you buy them from.
    I have a brand new spare Bobbin tire here if you need it, I will gladly mail it to you free of charge, on the house from me to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Billy, I need your help sir... or anyone elses, please.

    What machine is this... and which version? I think it's a 301-b, right, but with the short flip up piece. aka, it's not a 'chopper' lol. But it looks like the motor is inside the machine itself...

    What is this sucker worth? Will this one FMQ, drop dogs and sew great? Pictures, hopefully attached...

    Is it worth $150 or what?
    From what I see on your photo it's a 301 in the cabinet. The short bed has been removed though because that's what I see.
    Depending on the condition of the machine, if you get it for $150.00, you're actually getting a tremendous deal.
    The mechanism is what you need to ask about.
    Does it sew, the foot pedal okay, the feet attachments, etc...

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    Okay I checked on the Ismacs site... and there WAS a card table to fit the long bed 301's.... #314. The cutout measures 19 1/4 x 7". Yes, it had metal legs too. Here is the link.

    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...314_table.html

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    deep breath, first post here.... I have recently decided to take up quilting again (in addition to spinning and knitting) under controlled circumstances- and wanted to FMQ instead of hand quilting like I did in the late 80's early 90's. So, I couldn't do that type of abuse to my 221, and my DH found this forum and asked me why I didn't have a 301. Hmm, hubby's asking me why I don't have something expensive- either he is ill, or is a pod person- anyway, we go to craigslist and find a mocha 301 (from 1951) with the art deco cabinet and the original chair, with loads of attachments for $125. Like 2 days after I had asked for a sewing table for my (newish) New Home. The machine had been in use until last year when her previous owner passed away, needed an oiling and general clean up and viola! sews like a dream.

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    I recently bought a 301a black and paid only about $70 total for it. I did have to order a new foot control and power cord. That cabinet is highly valued!! You're lucky to get it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cctx.
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Billy, I need your help sir... or anyone elses, please.

    What machine is this... and which version? I think it's a 301-b, right, but with the short flip up piece. aka, it's not a 'chopper' lol. But it looks like the motor is inside the machine itself...

    What is this sucker worth? Will this one FMQ, drop dogs and sew great? Pictures, hopefully attached...

    Is it worth $150 or what?
    From what I see on your photo it's a 301 in the cabinet. The short bed has been removed though because that's what I see.
    Depending on the condition of the machine, if you get it for $150.00, you're actually getting a tremendous deal.
    The mechanism is what you need to ask about.
    Does it sew, the foot pedal okay, the feet attachments, etc...
    Nah. Look real close and you can see the light reflecting off the lip of it. It is just raised up. It's still there. And I want a cabinet like that so much! I have the dark deco cabinet which I like, but The corner cabinet would be more space conserving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesiG
    deep breath, first post here.... I have recently decided to take up quilting again (in addition to spinning and knitting) under controlled circumstances- and wanted to FMQ instead of hand quilting like I did in the late 80's early 90's. So, I couldn't do that type of abuse to my 221, and my DH found this forum and asked me why I didn't have a 301. Hmm, hubby's asking me why I don't have something expensive- either he is ill, or is a pod person- anyway, we go to craigslist and find a mocha 301 (from 1951) with the art deco cabinet and the original chair, with loads of attachments for $125. Like 2 days after I had asked for a sewing table for my (newish) New Home. The machine had been in use until last year when her previous owner passed away, needed an oiling and general clean up and viola! sews like a dream.
    Hi Desi... welcome to the 'club'. And DO DO Do check out the Vintage Sewing Machine Shoppe thread. It's like 700 pages long, lol... but it's full of great stuff about vintage machines from treadles, to early electrified models... including the 301's, 221s and New Homes. Join us, drag up a chair, and a cuppa of your favorite coffee or tea.

    If you got a 301, trapazoid cabinet and matching stool all for less than $200....my gawd, what a deal! Lucky you!!!! I'm soo envious, but pleased that there's someone else to FMQ on em. In the Vintage Sewing Machine section of this whole board, there are tutorials posted on just how to clean up, polish, refurbish and fix up the old gals and their cabinets. It's easy (shusssh, don't tell my sew shoppe that... they think it's a sin...if I do the work myself!). !!!

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    [quote=Kas]
    Quote Originally Posted by cctx.
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    What machine is this... quote]

    From what I see on your photo it's a 301 in the cabinet. The short bed has been removed though because that's what I see.
    Depending on the condition of the machine, if you get it for $150.00, you're actually getting a tremendous deal.
    The mechanism is what you need to ask about.
    Does it sew, the foot pedal okay, the feet attachments, etc...
    Nah. Look real close and you can see the light reflecting off the lip of it. It is just raised up. It's still there. And I want a cabinet like that so much! I have the dark deco cabinet which I like, but The corner cabinet would be more space conserving.
    Actually, it's not really a corner cabinet. The LONG side goes against the wall, the short side is the front. So you would have to turn it backwards to fit it into a corner-kitty corner. But... when you open the top lid, the left leg slides out, the panel slides open and the arm 'poings' out. Having that leg slide over also gives the user space to fit knees and chair under there to work. The lid rests on all, and at a curous, almost right angle. It's different, but I've found that if I want to put it somewhere where I can open it up and use it or leave it closed.... it needs to have clear space around that left side. So it doesn't fit in well say.... between two other pieces of furniture. BUT it's a really neat neat design....

    I just discovered that the Card Table I got with my 403, will ALSO take the shortbed 301... how I'm not certain. It may or may not use the cradle, since the card tables were not meant to have the machines 'stow away' underneath them. You set the machine in the table and the machine deck is flush with card table surface. There's no other real fastening needed for the 403, it just rests on the metal rails... right in it's carry case bottom. I'll figure it out when I get all these machines put away in my sewing room! Right now, there's no space to set up the card table to check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kas
    Quote Originally Posted by cctx.
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Billy, I need your help sir... or anyone elses, please.

    What machine is this... and which version? I think it's a 301-b, right, but with the short flip up piece. aka, it's not a 'chopper' lol. But it looks like the motor is inside the machine itself...

    What is this sucker worth? Will this one FMQ, drop dogs and sew great? Pictures, hopefully attached...

    Is it worth $150 or what?
    From what I see on your photo it's a 301 in the cabinet. The short bed has been removed though because that's what I see.
    Depending on the condition of the machine, if you get it for $150.00, you're actually getting a tremendous deal.
    The mechanism is what you need to ask about.
    Does it sew, the foot pedal okay, the feet attachments, etc...
    Nah. Look real close and you can see the light reflecting off the lip of it. It is just raised up. It's still there. And I want a cabinet like that so much! I have the dark deco cabinet which I like, but The corner cabinet would be more space conserving.
    .....my bad, you're right, it is a short bed.
    I like it, the blacks ones are rare around here.
    My long bed (301A) is the mocha colored one and the paint is coming off in some places, but the stitching and the free motion quilting performance is tops.
    What is the actual price for this Beauty?
    Once it has been cleaned and oiled, it should be perfect.

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    cctx...thank you for the offer of the wheel for my 301

    I already purchased one....that is what was wrong...put new
    one on and now bobbin winds perfectly.

    Thanks once again
    Peg

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Okay I checked on the Ismacs site... and there WAS a card table to fit the long bed 301's.... #314. The cutout measures 19 1/4 x 7". Yes, it had metal legs too. Here is the link.

    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...314_table.html
    Since found out that the long bed or short bed takes the same cradle (according to an ebay lady) since the machine base is the same. The bed extension just folds down into the remaining open space. If that is true, then it seems to me you could router out any table or cabinet to match. (of course, the table/cabinet in question would be totally useless for other machines... ). I think... at least that's what I'm told...

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