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Thread: My Craig's List Find

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    She's a beauty. Enjoy.

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    Beautiful find.

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    Such a beauty!
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    I am new to all the info on the older machines. So someone explain why these old singers are so popular for quilters and us newbies. Thanks,Teresa

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    Quote Originally Posted by stampinteresa View Post
    I am new to all the info on the older machines. So someone explain why these old singers are so popular for quilters and us newbies. Thanks,Teresa
    Teresa, everyone has their own reasoning behind the attraction to these old ladies, but many love them for the straight, even stitches, even over the seams where you have several layers of fabric that often throw off a machine with zigzag features. (The needle, unless it bends, can't vary from "straight on".) These machines don't often wear out...everything about them is metal, they just last longer than machines with nylon or plastic parts. Then there's the history...there's just something about using a machine that our ancestors would have used...we feel a sort of connection to the past...
    Aesthetically, they look cool!!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Awesome! Congrats on your find.

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    Blackberry, you SCORED!!! What a pretty machine! Congrats!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    I read the list to my husband and said..See..I'm not the only one. LOL I have two black 301As and one white and tan 301 love them. Plus my other machines.
    You can get older, but you never have to grow up! Tomorrow's just a future yesterday!-Greg Fergerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by stampinteresa View Post
    I am new to all the info on the older machines. So someone explain why these old singers are so popular for quilters and us newbies. Thanks,Teresa
    I don't happen to have a Singer, but have done much reading on this site as I had been trying to decide on a new machine (would like a larger harp space). I have also asked some questions here and there. My understanding is that these machines are preferred because they are solidly built and as they are not computerized, there is not a lot to go wrong with them. They seem to have an absolutely wonderful stitch that many say newer machines cannot match, and these machines are often referred to as work horses. They can be found rather inexpensively (as compared to the cost of computerized machines these days) and maintenance is easy and straight forward (oiling the machine regularly, cleaning out lint - etc).

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    How exciting for you, she's sew beautiful! What a great purchase!

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    Just a little doll you got there.

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    great find.I would like to find a black one like this at a great price.
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    WOW lucky you! Black long bed on my wish list. Would join 2 FW (1 is DH), and a light beige/tan 301A
    After 2 years with the same signature I have been requested to remove it. Bye

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    I have this machine, she sits next to my FW. Did you get all the extra feet too. It is such a workhorse.
    We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do.

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    Wonderful, Wonderful!!! But, where do you keep them all? Ha Ha... You need to share some photos of all your beauties.
    Last edited by vondae; 01-23-2012 at 02:02 PM. Reason: added text.
    Vonda-Texas MiMi of 4 Beautiful Grandbabies

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    I am envious of your price you paid, but she looks like my black long bed who was well used. I love this machine. She is my first choice for sewing unless I need to zigzag.
    Congratulations!
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    What a good looking machine. I love the way my tan one sews and that's really the bottom line, but I do want a shiny black one. Yours is a great find at a great price.

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    How heavy are these machines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathyPhillips View Post
    How heavy are these machines?
    Roughly 16 pounds. I love mine and it it my go-to machine for piecing because it sews so beautifully.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    I have been wanting one of those for the last few years. Congratulations it is a beauty.
    Living Life To Its Fullest!

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    I have a 301 that I ordered and already paid for but haven't gotten it yet. I have been waiting FOREVER.

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    You are so lucky, congrats, I want one too!
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    Great buy and a great looking machine.

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    Okay, so I saw a Featherweight last night in class. I know, it's not a 301 - but this is the first time I have seen one of these vintage machines in person. I fell in love with it! Love the way it looks! I don't know when, but someday I would love to own one of these machines. Well - I guess the when will be when the price is right. I will want to find one that doesn't need a lot of work done (rewiring and such) - because that isn't something I really want to have to do.

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    What a beautiful machine! I had no idea they had the long bed in the old Singers. Thanks for the photo! And have fun with her!
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